SPORTS — Wilder Junior upsets Wilder Senior 3-2 at state tournament

Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — Wilder Junior took advantage of seven Wilder Senior errors in a 3-2 win at the Senior Babe Ruth state tournament at Civic Field Sunday.

The win knocked the Senior team out of the running for a spot at the Senior Babe Ruth World Series which goes to the winner of the state tournament, and also prevented them from the consolation prize: a trip to the Senior Babe Ruth regional tournament.

Nigel Christian came up big on the mound and at the plate for Wilder Junior.

The soon-to-be junior at Sequim High School pitched four solid innings in relief, allowing one run on one hit, two walks and a hit batter.

Christian also led the way at the plate, coming through with two crucial two-out hits to power Wilder Junior.

Trailing 1-0 in the third inning, Christian belted a towering RBI double to the base of the 355 feet sign, and later coming through with a sharply-hit RBI single up the middle in the sixth inning to make it 3-1 Wilder Junior.

Wilder Senior pulled within a run in the top of the sixth inning.

Nick Johnston drew a walk and was replaced on the base paths by James Grubb.

Grubb stole second base after an overthrow from catcher Ian Dennis, moved to third on a ground out by Ryan Mudd and later scored on a ground out by Dusty Bates.

Wilder Senior was able to get the leadoff batter aboard after Larsson Chapman was hit by a pitch, but couldn't muster a rally with continued postseason play on the line.

Wilder Senior stranded 11 base runners in the game.

Wilder Junior's season came to a close with the victory.

They finished the state tournament with a 1-3 record.

Wilder Junior 3, Wilder Senior 2

Senior 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 — 2 5 7

Junior 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 — 3 8 3

WP- Christian; LP- Paynter

Pitching Statistics

Senior: Paynter 6 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 K.

Junior: Morris 3 IP, 4 H, ER, 2 K, BB, HBP; Christian 4 IP, H, R, 3 K, 2 BB, HBP.

Hitting Statistics

Senior: Gochnour 1-4, RBI; Konopaski 1-2, R.

Junior: Christian 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI; Morris 2-3, R; Dennis 1-3, RBI.

Last modified: July 13. 2014 6:35PM
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