POULSBO — Not even the rain could slow down the North Kitsap Little League All-Stars on Tuesday night.
Wet weather delayed the start of the game by over 90 minutes, but once it got going, so did North Kitsap. A four run second inning set the tone for a dominant offensive performance as North Kitsap pounded out 14 hits in a 13-4 win over the little leaguers from Redmond.
The win moves the District 2 champions to 3-0 in the state tournament. They have also beaten Central Whidbey 13-1 and Montesano 23-2.
North Kitsap advances to Friday’s state semifinal match against the also-undefeated Mill Creek Little League team, which knocked off Bonney Lake/Sumner earlier in the evening. That game will take place at 6 p.m. at Snider Field.
Jayla Moon led the offense with a 3 for 4 game that included a double and four RBI, but eight different players picked up at least one hit.
Moon kick-started the offense in the top of the first with a two-out double that one-hopped off the fence and she was brought home on Jaime Gillard’s double down the left field line.
In the second inning, Kendall Becker legged out a leadoff triple and scored on a double down the right field line by Allison Dvorak. Rachael Cole then reached on a bunt single and Izzy Chiquiti drew a walk to load the bases, Cerenity Fake bashed a single to score one run and then Moon brought home two more.
Moon picked up her third and fourth RBIs of the day on a two-run single in the fourth, which scored teammates Fake and Maddy Syverson.
North Kitsap continued to pour it on, scoring six more runs over the final two innings. Ava Armistead led off the fifth with a double and was sacrificed over to third by Reyna Blackwood. After Cole drew a walk and took second, Chiquiti poked a two-run single to right. Fake then got her third single of the game and it scored Chiquiti from second.
Cole posted a complete game six-inning effort in the circle, navigating her way around some hits and walks to give up just three earned runs. Cole also got stronger as the game wore on as she struck out three of the last five batters she faced.
If North Kitsap can get past Mill Creek on Friday, they will head directly on to the state championship at noon on Sunday. If not, they will have to play at 3 p.m. Saturday in order to get a shot at the title.
North Kitsap Little League 13, Redmond Little League 4
NK 1 4 0 2 3 3 — 13 14 1
RD 1 0 2 0 1 0 — 4 6 3
WP: Cole LP: Am. Huang
North Kitsap — Cole 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 4 K.
North Kitsap — Moon 3-4, 2B, 4 RBI, R; Fake 3-4, 2 RBI, R; Armistead 2-4, 2B, RBI, 2 R; Becker 2-3, 3B, 2 R; Chiquiti 1-2, 2 RBI, BB, 2 R; Dvorak 1-2, 2B, RBI, BB; Gillard 1-4, 2B, RBI; Cole 1-2, BB, 2 SB, 2 R.