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Stilly Rapids Double A battles at Wally Evans
Six games, four days and a host of sore arms. The Stilly Valley Rapids toughed it out against teams from all over the region during the three-day Wally Evans baseball tourney June 28-July 1.
The boys lost 11-4 to Tacoma in their opening game and 9-7 in the second game to Lake Stevens. They then beat Vancouver 12-4 before tying Monroe 13-13.
The Monroe game looked to be another defeat before Kyle Ayres stepped into the batters box in the last half of the seventh inning. Trailing by two runs, the Rapids got a two-out walk from Jeff Huge to give them some hope. That brought up Ayres who came through in the clutch, belting a home run to knot the score. Due to tournament rules mandating no more than two-hour games, play was suspended following the inning and Stilly settled for the tie.
Its a rule the committee is looking into changing for next year, said coach Colby Knudson, but for right now we have to live with it.
In their next game against Granite Falls, Stilly left no doubt as they pummeled the visitors 15-6. Jerod Baker hit a towering home run to highlight things for the victorious Rapids.
Behind the field is a small house, said Knudson. When Jerod got up to the plate he put a charge into the ball and flew it over the house.
By the time Sunday rolled around, the pitching staff for Stilly was depleted. The team went out and fought valiantly against Bellingham, but the exhaustion set in and the Rapids went down to 11-3 defeat.
Despite the tough loss at the end, Stillys young guns gained valuable experience and competed well throughout the tourney. Josh Spears stood out with his powerful bat at the plate. Spears managed to lead the team with two home runs over the course of the six games.