South Thurston County played through two big reversals before ending up on the sideline for today's championship game of the Southwest Washington Babe Ruth 13s baseball tournament at North Thurston High School.
South Thurston trailed 6-2 in its first game Saturday against Hazel Dell Metro.
In the fifth inning, Dakota Deal doubled and Omar Hernandez hit a two-run single to highlight a five-run rally that fueled South Thurston’s 9-6 victory.
In the sixth inning, Greigh Hill hit a two-run single to add to South Thurston’s lead.
Later Saturday, in the semifinals, South Thurston ran to an 8-1 lead, but Mount St. Helen’s rallied to a 9-8 victory to earn a berth in the title game at 10 a.m. today.
Mount St. Helen’s will play Kelso, a 6-5 winner over Thurston County in an elimination game.
Thurston had a spirited rally after trailing 6-0, scoring four in the fifth inning and another run in the seventh to cut the gap to one run.
Thurston’s game-ending groundout came with two runners on base.
Scott Theibert and Braden Rushton both went 3-for-4 to lead Thurston. Alex Talman went 2-for-3 in the loss.
South Thurston won its first three games of the tournament.
Cameron Frost went 4-for-5, and Dave Carlson belted a three-run homer to lead Olympia L&E Bottling to a 15-0 win against Ferris of Spokane in the state American Legion championships at Olympia High School.
Jackson Lord pitched a five-inning shutout.
In other games, Bellingham defeated Gig Harbor, 11-7, Ingelmoor beat Mead of Spokane, 12-5 and Burlington beat Graham, 18-3.
Four more games will be played today. Olympia plays at 5 p.m. Monday against the winner of the Ingelmoor-Moses Lake game.
San Diego scored in the bottom of the seventh to upset the Thurston County Saints, 10-9. The loss eliminated the hard-hitting Saints (55-5-2).
“This team really hit the ball a ton,” Saints coach Michael Spencer said. “We were the most feared team offensively. We must have averaged nine runs.”
Blake Nystrom and Dylan Wharton went 3-for-4 for the Saints.
Earlier, the Saints lost to Seattle, 11-3.