Little Leaguers take second at wood bat invitational

  • <br>Enterprise staff
  • Friday, February 29, 2008 11:32am

A team composed of players from Richmond and Magnolia Little Leagues finished second at the Puget Sound Big League Baseball invitational wood bat tournament.

In a rematch of an opening round slugfest, South Everett edged Richmond/Magnolia 1-0 in the Aug. 4 championship game at North Snohomish Complex.

South Everett pulled out a 12-10 victory when the teams first met, but the title game was more of a pitching and defensive duel.

Eric Taylor of South Everett and Dan Kulseth of Richmond pitched a scoreless game into the eighth inning, backed by solid defense on both sides.

With one out in the bottom of the eighth, South Everett loaded the bases on a base hit, a walk and an intentional walk. Nathan Strand popped up his bunt on an attempted squeeze play, but it was just over the head of Richmond first baseman Jeremy Durkee, who was charging the plate on the play. The ball stayed fair and South Everett scored the winning run.

After its first-round loss to South Everett, Richmond/Magnolia regrouped for four straight wins to advance to the championship game. Richmond/Magnolia topped RUG twice and Lake Stevens to set up an encounter with a hot-hitting Mill Creek club.

Mill Creek jumped to a 4-0 first inning lead, but Magnolia’s Cale Peterson came on in relief and limited Mill Creek to two runs the rest of the way.

Powered by two Isaac English home runs, including a two-run blast to center in extra innings, Richmond/Magnolia prevailed 8-6. Adam Hammer made several key plays at shortstop to snuff Mill Creek rallies.

Richmond players were Dan Kulseth, Shaylon Depew, Jeremy Durkee, John Schindler, Isaac English and Adam Hammer; Magnolia players were Mike Ripman, Cale Peterson, Greg Borish, Aiden Maliady, Aaron Kaiser and Ben Brace. Big League baseball is for Little League players ages 16-18.

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