The two undefeated teams at the 2015 American Legion Baseball AAA State Tournament faced off on Sunday, July 26, and Bellingham’s Post 7 walked away with their first loss, 3-1 against Lakeside.
“We had opportunities but just couldn’t get that clutch base hit tonight,” said Post 7 coach Steve Slesk.
The pitching from both teams throughout the game was competitive, neither side giving any leeway.
Noah Rawls, Bellingham’s starting pitcher, maintained through all nine innings and allowed only five hits.
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“I really have to hand it to Noah,” Slesk said. “He went up against one of the best teams in the state, he went up against a good pitcher tonight and held his own.”
It came down to mistakes in the third inning that Bellingham could not come back from. The margin of error is small when two teams are this evenly matched, Slesk said.
Bellingham went one run on six hits.
Ernie Yake went 2-3. Kyler Brudwick went 2-4 with an RBI.
Bellingham still has a chance to win the tournament if they win Monday and the final two games on Tuesday.
“This has been a team that hasn’t given in to anybody all year,” Slesk said. “And their goal is to win a state championship.”
Monday is a new day and Slesk’s team is staying positive going up against the Spokane Bandits, who they beat during the first round of the tournament.
This is a great group that won’t back down,” Slesk said. “We still have a chance.”
American Senior Legion Baseball
At Joe Martin Field
Elimination game: Post 7 vs. Spokane Bandits, 3 p.m.
Round 4: Lakeside vs. Kennewick, 6 p.m.