ASTORIA - Mooch Smith and Nick Leonard, Ilwaco High School baseball standouts as freshmen last season, competed successfully for the Astoria 15-year-old Babe Ruth all-stars in state tournament play last weekend.
The Astoria squad upset undefeated Salem in the round-robin portion of the tournament by a 3-2 count. Smith walked and eventually scored the first run of the game on a suicide squeeze. He also played well defensively as catcher.
Astoria lost a squeaker to Hermiston 4-3 in 10 innings in the opening contest of the tournament. Leonard reached base five times in the marathon, smacking a single and a double. Smith was 3-5 and had a diving catch as left fielder.
Against Harney-Grant County, Smith was 2-3 at the plate and threw out two would-be base stealers in an 8-3 victory. Leonard made a run-saving catch in the outfield and pitched in the contest.
The Astoria all-stars were eliminated when Reynolds shut them out 4-0. Smith hit .500 for the season, and Leonard was right behind him with a sparkling .475 average going into state competition.