11-to-12-year-old ittle League All-Stars saw tournament action

The Queen Anne All-Stars rebounded July 10 with a 7-1 victory over North Bothell after their Sunday defeat by Woodinville West, the tournament defending champions.

North Bothell scored a run in the first inning on a pair of singles and two walks before Max Bridgeman struck out the final batter for his third strikeout of the inning. North Bothell got two base runners in the second on a walk and hit batsman, but Jack Roger came in to pitch and ended the threat with a comebacker to the mound. He pitched the rest of the game, yielding no runs and only one base runner on a single in the sixth inning.

Queen Anne took the lead in the third inning when Evan Lund led off with a walk, followed by a ground-rule double by Thaddeus Tapper. Matthew Nevens and Ryan Doerfler then hit hard groundouts, each driving in a run. Jeffrey Collings extended the lead in the fourth with a two-run homer, but North Bothell was stalwart with fine fielding of a grounder by James Meyer. Queen Anne iced the game in the sixth when it loaded the bases, and Levi Nicholson hit a single just past the shortstop to drive in two runs, and Lund followed with a sacrifice bunt to score the final run.

The Queen Anne All-Stars were eliminated from the District Eight Tournament in an extra-inning loss after rallying to tie the score in the sixth inning, losing to North Kenmore 11-4 in seven innings. North Kenmore had its first four batters in the first inning score, highlighted by a three-run home run. Jeffrey Collings came in to relieve after the four runs and shut out North Kenmore for the next five innings, giving up only one hit and striking out eight. Collings was aided by sharp fielding by third baseman Reid Jones on a hot grounder that he fielded cleanly for the putout.

Queen Anne chipped away at the lead, scoring its first run in the second on a hit batsman and a clutch two-out single by Ryan Madden. Matthew Nevens followed in the third with a solo home run that cleared the right-field fence. The team scored a gift run in the fourth on two errors by North Kenmore and aggressive base running by pinch runner Sam Parkins.

North Kenmore threatened in the top of the sixth, leading off with a walk and a double. Madden came in to pitch and struck out the next batter. Madden then induced a hard ground ball to second baseman Parkins, who fielded it cleanly and froze the runner at third base. The threat ended on a popup to shortstop Thaddeus Tapper.

Queen Anne rallied in the bottom of the sixth on a leadoff single by Jack Roger. After a passed ball, pinch runner Jordan Sweeney hustled to third on a grounder to first, and when the first baseman errantly threw the ball to third, Sweeney came in to tie the score. North Kenmore rallied in extra innings, loading the bases with no outs. Queen Anne was forced in plays its infield in, and a little hopper to third, a sacrifice fly and a single gave North Kenmore a three-run lead, and Kenmore clinched the game with a two-out, grand-slam home run.

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