The Eastlake Little League 12 recorded their best finish at the state tournament in 12 year-old league history, finishing third. After disposing of West Seattle, Kent and Salmon Creek, Eastlake finally ran out of stream dropping consecutive games to eventual champion North Bothell and Kent.
Eastlake pushed North Bothell to the brink, tied 1-1 in the fifth inning before dropping the game 6-3.
Head coach Robert Carney believes the combination of the loss and the exhausting week of travel in Vancouver played effect in their 7-1 loss to Kent.
“When we played them [Kent] the second time they came out hitting better and we made a few fielding mistakes we normally would not make.” Carney said.” We had chances but never got that spark hit or HR that we had in previous games.”
Cole Peterson led the team with 6 hits in the tournament, including three RBI and Josh Jayagaran struck out 11 batters in Eastlake’s 5-1 victory of Kent.