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Barons, Tigers keep cruising
The American Legion Post 68 Barons came off the graduation break and played maybe their best game of the season Tuesday, beating the Baseball Northwest Green team 4-3 at Legion Field.
RBI singles by Jeremy Huffman and Daniel Zylstra gave the Barons a 2-1 lead after two innings. The BBNW squad tied the game in the top of the fifth. In the bottom of the inning a bases-loaded walk to Jordan Nakaya plated one run. That was followed by a squeeze bunt by Jordan Green to give the Barons a 4-2 lead.
BBNW scored in the top of the sixth to close the gap, but did not threaten in the seventh with Gary French getting the save.
Ronnie Purser got the win in relief going two solid innings. Starter Rusty Devitt gave up only two hits and one run with five strikeouts in his three innings of work.
Caleb Browns first-inning grand slam powered the Barons to a 6-4 win against the NW Timberjacks Black squad at Legion Field Wednesday. Gary Kuykendall gave the Timberjacks a 1-0 lead in the top of the first with a home run, but the lead didnt last long.
Daniel Zylstra hit a first-pitch double to start the bottom of the inning. A walk, followed by an infield single by Green loaded the bases. Brown then turned on a first-pitch fastball and hit the bomb to left.
After the Timberjacks closed the gap to 5-4 after five innings, the Barons pushed an insurance run across in the sixth as Bryn Ecklund led off the inning with a double to left. Rob Goles sacrifice bunt pushed Ecklund to third and Zylstra followed with a sacrifice fly to center. Justin Rash pitched three solid innings of relief, while Kevin Crowley picked up the save. Starter Tal Glass worked the first three innings for the win. The Barons improved to 14-0 and head to Longview for a tournament this weekend.
Playing seven games in five days caught up with the Tigers Wednesday, while Post 68, made up of players from Bainbridge Island, Klahowya and Bremerton, got a solid pitching performance from Eli Olson to secure a 5-2 victory in Junior American Legion action.
Olson went the distance in the game, pitching out of a couple jams, scattering eight hits and striking out four batters. The Tigers had an opportunity for a big inning in the sixth but a base-running miscue cut it short.
Christopher Campbell was very effective in relief for Olympic, giving up only two hits in four innings, striking out five.
Ian Krein went 2-2 with two RBI for Oly while Campbell finished 2-3.
Tuesday, Zach Bird threw six strong innings, giving up only two hits to earn his first win of the season, a 7-1 Tigers victory against Stadium. Chris Groat slammed the door in the seventh, retiring three straight batters.
Olympics offense was led by catcher Bryan Deszell, who was 3-4 at the plate with a double. Jordan Halstead had a big double in the fifth to knock in Blake Johnson and Elliott Thorsen. Bird also helped his own cause, going 2-3 at the plate with an RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base.
On Monday, Oly swept Lakes in a doubleheader, taking the first game 9-0 and the second 13-3.
In the first game, Olympic pitcher Riley Crow got the Tigers back on track after two tournament game losses last weekend by throwing a no-hitter. Olympic also had hot bats, knocking out 16 hits. Bird led the offense with three hits, including a two-run home run and a double.
In the night cap, Lakes jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning but starter Thorsen gained control of the game, allowing no runs the rest of the way.
After a slow start, the Olympic bats came alive and the Tigers pushed across five runs in the third and six runs in the sixth to secure the win via the 10-run rule.
Crow used his bat to pester Lakes in the second game, going 2-3, scoring twice and knocking in three runs.
Halstead chipped in with two hits, as did Johnson and Krein. Halstead finished the double-header going 4-5 at the plate.
Olympic is now 14-6 overall, 8-1 in league play.