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Stilly Valley drops All-Star tourney opener
MUKILTEO A three-run homer by catcher Kyle Nobach carried the Marysville National League All-Stars to a 6-2 win over the Stilly Valley All-Stars June 30.
Stilly Valley struck first as shortstop Aaron Spring turned an errant pitch and two errors into a first-inning run, but momentum started to shift toward the Marysville National team as they answered with a run of their own in the top of the second inning by outfielder Dylan Miller.
Millers double was converted in the next at bat by right fielder Tyler Wade.
Although the game seemed locked in the 1-1 tie, a surprise Marysville double play in the third inning hurt Stilly Valleys mid-game run potential.
Outfielder Will Pierce had hit a single to start the third inning for Stilly Valley, and a line drive by Spring seemed sure to move Pierce around the bases. Instead, Marysville first baseman Kayce Walker grabbed Springs hit out of the air and tagged first before Pierce could react.
Marysville seized the momentum of Walkers double play going into the top of the fourth. Stilly Valley pitcher Tyler McDonald struck out Marysvilles Miller and he rebounded from a walk with a strikeout of shortstop Austin Valadez.
But Marysvilles Colin Sanders had a single to keep the inning alive when Nobach came up to bat.
Although runless, Nobach was already 2-for-2. The slugger saw his pitch and made contact. The ball flew to center-right and over the fence.
The homer proved to be the game winner, and as the Marysville runners rounded the bases.
Andrew Bean tried to close the three-run gap for Stilly Valley in the bottom of the fifth. He led off the inning with a single and was joined on base by teammate Adam Opplinger in the next at bat.
Successive outs for teammates Zack Keefe and Spring didnt stop Bean from scoring, but Opplinger was unable to replicate his teammates success, getting the third out going for third base.
In the sixth inning, Stilly Valley seemed poised to score once again. Third baseman Brandon Stott got on base, and despite back-to-back strikeouts, Stilly Valley loaded the bases with the next two batters.
A third out in the next at bat killed the offensive opportunity and brought the game to an end.
At Mukilteo Little League Complex
Mville National 0 1 0 3 0 2 6
Stilly Valley 1 0 0 0 1 0 2