Over 100 10 and 11 year-old Little League baseball all-star teams entered district tournaments this summer with the hope of ending up as state champions. A team from Bonney Lake/Sumner ended up second out of all of them.
The Bonney Lake/Sumner 11-and-under all-stars fell 7-3 to Mercer Island in the Washington State Championship game this past Sunday at Salnave Park in Cheney to finish as the second best team in the state.
The All-Stars qualified for the state tournament by winning the District 10 title with a 4-0 over Kent on June 28. Bonney Lake/Sumner went undefeated in the district tournament.
The team continued its winning ways in the state tournament, rattling off four straight wins behind an impressive offensive force. In one game, against West Seattle, Bonney Lake/Sumner fell behind 7-0 before scoring 20 runs en route to a 20-10 victory. Two players, Matthew Gretler and Aidan Phain, hit over .600 for the tournament, while two others, Brock Wrolstad and Alex Fraser also hit for high averages.
“We’re a pretty good hitting team,” manager Craig Wrolstad said. “We hit up and down the lineup.”
Bonney Lake/Sumner stumbled in the winner's bracket finals, falling 12-8 to a team from Mercer Island. Bonney Lake/Sumner issued 10 walks and hit four batters in the game.
After getting past Walla Walla in the loser's bracket final, 13-7, Bonney Lake/Sumner got a rematch with Mercer Island. Bonney Lake/Sumner overcame a 7-1 deficit to tie the game at 11, before a Drake Liske bases-loaded single in the seventh won it.
Because the tournament was a double-elimination format, Mercer Island got another crack at Bonney Lake/Sumner and won the rubber match 7-3 to take home the title.
The second place finish was the highest in recent memory for a Bonney Lake/Sumner team in a state tournament, a fact that was not lost on Wrolstad.
“I told them there are about 100 little league all-star teams in the state and we ended up number two out of all those teams, so they’ve got to be proud about their performance,” Wrolstad said.