A long season for a team of Othello's finest 11-year-old baseball players came to an end the weekend of Saturday, July 6, as the All-Stars went 3-2 over three days of play to finish fifth in the 2013 North Washington State Tournament at Eastmont. Their coach, Joe Krebs, said it was an exciting weekend for the kids but just wished they could have taken advantage of a few more scoring opportunities to place a little higher. Krebs said his boys got off to a good start winning all but one of their games before falling to the team from Ellensburg in their third game. The All-Stars played their first game the morning of Independence Day and took out the Moses Lake Americans with a 10-run win. They followed that up later that evening with another 10-run win against Bellingham. Then came Ellensburg. Krebs said the kids got off to a great start and held the lead for quite some time before their opponents started to catch up. "We got off to a pretty good start there, but our third game was against the previous year's state champions, which was Ellensburg," Krebs said. "We ended up losing that one and had the lead all the way into the fourth inning. We didn't make a pitching change soon enough, they got onto him before we could make some changes and then we didn't score any more runs." Othello then played against Ferndale, blowing them out with their third 10-run win of the weekend, leaving them as the second seeded team to come out of the National pool. A big highlight for the team was JJ Rodriguez's out-of-the-park three-run homer that contributed to their dominating win against Ferndale. They were set to take on Port Angeles as the visitors and they ended up taking an early lead and held onto it until the third inning when Port Angeles pulled ahead, 2-1. Krebs made a pitching change the following in, but their opponents were able to increase their lead with some smart base running and a few misthrows from Othello fielders. They had opportunities to get back into the game, but seemed to always leave a few runners stranded. "We'd have a runner on third and second with two outs," Krebs said. "You're in scoring position with a few passed balls, then there would be a strikeout or groundout to end the inning for us." Unfortunately, the 3-1 loss Othello took eliminated their team from the tournament. Ellensburg ended up taking the whole enchilada for the second year in a row. Krebs said he had a really good team and he and the players had high hopes but are still happy for the opportunity. "We all envisioned ourselves in the championship game," Krebs said. "They all left it on the table and gave 100 percent, just when we needed the hit, it just didn't happen."