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Babe Ruth team honored in Olympia

POULSBO — Months after becoming the third-best 14-year-old team in the country, the North Kitsap Babe Ruth team received one more honor.

The team made its way to Olympia Friday and was honored by State Sen. Betti Sheldon, who read a resolution honoring the team on the Senate floor.

The team dressed up for the occasion as only a baseball team could, donning their red uniforms for the trip downstate.

Sheldon’s resolution recapped the highlights of the 14-year-old team’s great run last summer: the fact that North Kitsap represented Washington State in the Babe Ruth World Series; the fact that the last team to advance to that level was led by Aaron Sele; and the fact that the team finished third in the country.

Part of the resolution reads, “The North Kitsap Babe Ruth All-Star team sets ideals of commitment and good sportsmanship.”

Every team member but one made the trip to Olympia. Sitting in the gallery to hear the resolution were players Josh Beahan, Nate Brown, Blake Buel, Jeff Camus, Sean Carlson, Marcus Curtis, Kevin Gartin, Erik Gronnvoll, Taylor Heins, Jordan Henry, Miles Thomson, Travis Tobin; and Chris Williams. Team member Barrett Kanyer was unable to attend.

Head Coach Bill Burton made the trip, as did former NK Babe Ruth president Brent Stenman.

“Some of the kids didn’t think it was that big a deal at first,” reported Stenman. “But when they heard it read, it sends a chill up your spine.”

The resolution was not the only treat of the day for the team. The players and coaches got to visit the House and Senate gallery, meet Sen. Sheldon and Rep. Phil Rockefeller and visit the governor’s conference room.

The guide asked who would like to sit in the governor’s chair, and the hand of shortstop Jordan Henry shot up.

“That was a big deal,” Stenman said.

Henry said of the chair: “It was pretty comfortable.”

Henry said that the team received a round of applause after the resolution was read. “It was pretty neat,” he said.

Also neat, Henry said, was the information about how long the building took to construct (five years).

“We thought It’d just be some building with a few rooms. It turned out to be a big building. There were a lot of people there,” he said.

The group enjoyed its tour of the Senate and House.

“Everyone had a great time,” Stenman said. “It probably helped that they were missing school that day.”

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