Less luck, it was played at Seattle’s Laurelhurst Fields, which is hosting the state’s District 8 tournament, a 26-mile round trip from both towns. But the sun was shining and a cool breeze was in the air for the 10 a.m. start.
As an extra bonus Woodinville West was taking on North Bothell right across the fence, so there was a Northshore buzz in the air.
The ball game looked special early, with North Lake starter Eunsang Yu and Woodinville’s Jake Riegel dealing on the mound, zip-zip after two innings.
Then it went south for North Lake as Woodinville scored two runs in the third and two more in the fourth without the benefit of a base hit to make it 4-0: two errors and five bases on balls.
It became one of those days for the Kenmore crew, whose hurlers bounced at least a dozen wild pitches.
North Lake scored a run in the bottom of the fourth to keep it close for a moment at 4-1, but Woodinville responded with two more runs on three hits, including a clutch 2-RBI single by Ryan Long to push it to 6-1 after five.
Meanwhile, North Lake coach Greg Fothergill changed pitchers like he was changing lanes on the freeway, massaging Little League’s rule that limit kids to 20 pitches so they can pitch on consecutive days, with a loser-out Sunday suddenly on the horizon.
It was a 9-3 final. Woodinville’s Ryan Long went 2-for-4 with 3 RBI.
Woodinville West beat North Bothell on the other field 11-3.