Peninsula boys shine in Oregon 15-year-old Babe Ruth tourney

<I>KEVIN HEIMBIGNER photo</I><BR>Mooch Smith fires down to second base in Oregon Babe Ruth State Tournament baseball action last weekend. Smith hit .500 for the season.

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.

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