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Fast start helps Spooky’s claim win

SPOOKY’S hitter Paulina Finn takes a big swing in Babe Ruth baseball action Friday evening at Kramer Field. Spooky’s scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning and hung on for a 9-6 victory.

SPOOKY’S hitter Paulina Finn takes a big swing in Babe Ruth baseball action Friday evening at Kramer Field. Spooky’s scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning and hung on for a 9-6 victory. Photo by Ray Rodriguez.

On Tap

TUES., JUNE 11

Babe Ruth Baseball at Kramer

Pepsi vs. Sherman, 6 p.m.

WED., JUNE 12

Babe Ruth Baseball at Kramer

ECE vs. Spooky’s, 6 p.m.

White Salmon vs. Y-102 at White Salmon, Wash. 6 p.m.

THURS., JUNE 13

Babe Ruth Baseball at Kramer

Spooky’s vs. Sherman, 6 p.m.

White Salmon vs. Goldendale in White Salmon, Wash., 6 p.m.

American Legion Baseball

AAA CG Hustlers vs. Showtime at Battleground High (9 Inn.), 4 p.m.

Redmond at A Hustlers (2), 4 p.m.

Prep Basketball

Husky Tourney, 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

FRI., JUNE 14

Prep Basketball

Husky Tourney, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

SAT., MAY 15

Prep Basketball

Husky Tourney, 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Babe Ruth Baseball at Kramer

Clackamas vs. TD, noon

Goldendale vs. TD, 3 p.m.

Traveling Softball

10U Crush at Newberg, TBA

American Legion Baseball

AAA CG Hustlers vs. Tri-County in Hermiston (2), 2 p.m.

Spooky’s took advantage of some wild pitching from Y-102 ace Izaac Tapia with six runs in the first inning and rode that early surge the rest of the way to a 9-6 win Friday night in 14U Babe Ruth baseball play at Kramer Field.

In that opening frame, Y-102 scored two runs on an RBI single by Spencer Honald to score Jose Gonzalez, and he ended up crossing the dish after a single by Boston Bate to run the count up to 2-0.

Spooky’s came back in the home half with those six runs, using five walks and two hits off Tapia.

Johnny Miller had an RBI single and Riley Twidwell had an RBI walk to put Spooky’s up 3-1.

Cameron Stokes tacked on a two-out, two-run double to left field to make it 5-1, and he later scored to cap the outburst.

Both pitchers then settled down over the next four frames, until the sixth when a pitch hit Bate and he later scored to inch Y-102 closer at 6-3.

“It was a great game,” Stokes said. “We got the lead early and they almost came back, but it was nice to get a win. I think this shows what we can do when we hit the ball. We scored nine runs and had some good pitching and won the game.”

Spooky’s added three insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth, as an RBI doubled followed by a two-out, RBI triple by Miller and Daniel Peters capped things with a run-scoring double to center to bring in Miller and the score was 9-3.

With three outs left in the game, Y-102 sent eight batters to the plate against Stokes, the Spooky’s closer.

Gonzalez hit an RBI double to score K.C. Ratliff, who walked and Gonzalez later scored on an error to make it a 9-5 margin.

Bate then drove in Honald on an RBI single to left, as Y-102 dipped further into their deficit at 9-6 with two outs.

With Bate on third base and Jake Cartwright on first after a walk, Tyler Robinson represented the tying run against Stokes.

On this day, Stokes had the upper hand and he struck out Robinson on four pitches to record the final out.

“I think we hit the ball good, but we could not score any more runs to win the game,” Bate said. “The best thing we can do is get better and make sure we keep our bats going for seven innings.”

Overall, Spooky’s notched eight hits and received six walks, as Miller went 3 for 4 with two runs and two RBIs.

Peters added a hit, two walks, an RBI and a run scored.

Stokes delivered a 2 for 3 effort with two doubles, two runs and two RBIs, and Dawson Hoffman went 1 for 1 with a walk, a run and a stolen base.

Tapia struck out eight, walked six and allowed two hits in picking up the loss on the mound for Y-102.

Bate tallied 2 for 3 with a run and an RBI, and Gonzalez had a 2 for 3 output with an RBI and two runs.

Honald had a hit, an RBI and two runs, and Damon Liberidhs had a hit and Ratliff had a walk and a run scored.

“I still think we are a good team,” Bate said. “We didn’t show it all that much today, but I feel we have the potential to do a lot better as a team.”

Spooky’s plays against ECE at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Kramer Field.

Y-102 next hits the road White Salmon, Wash. at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

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