Newport was unable to bring home its first state baseball title since 2006, falling to South Kitsap, 5-2, in eight innings in the Class 4A championship game on Saturday at Joe Martin Field in Bellingham.
BELLINGHAM — Newport was unable to bring home its first state baseball title since 2006, falling to South Kitsap, 5-2, in eight innings in the Class 4A championship game on Saturday at Joe Martin Field.
Newport entered the bottom of the seventh trailing, 2-1. Leadoff hitter Eathan Paul walked to start the inning and stole second. No. 2 hitter Jace Goforth was able to lift a single just far enough into right field to score Paul.
But in the eighth, South Kitsap loaded the bases with two outs as Austin Hackman came to the plate.
Hackman, who was 0 for 3 with a walk to that point, ripped a first-pitch fastball between the shortstop and third baseman to score Bryce Wolfe from third and give the Wolves a 3-2 lead.
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“I was just looking for a first-pitch fastball because he had been locating on and off and I knew he would try to locate to get ahead in the count early,” Hackman said. “He threw the first-pitch fastball right over the plate, and I put a good swing on it.”
Up next was Mac McCarty, the hard-hitting third baseman. He took a strike before driving a pitch to score two more runs.
Liberty finishes fourth in Class 2A
Squalicum rallied for six runs in the 10th inning en route to a 7-1 victory over Liberty (12-16) on Saturday that gave the Storm third place in the Class 2A state baseball tournament in Yakima.
The Storm (21-7) gathered five of its eight hits in the inning. Kyle Little’s two-run single with one out started the uprising, and David Stealy followed with a two-run double that scored the final two runs.