KELSO, Wash. - The debut went well, but from there, the North Coast Renegades had trouble just fielding a team at a weekend tournament in Kelso, Wash.
The Renegades - the North Coast's Senior Babe Ruth baseball team playing its inaugural season - hammered the Tigard-Tualatin Tribe 12-2 Friday to open the tournament.
Seaside graduate Pat Latham pitched all five innings for North Coast, and drove in two runs at the plate with a home run. Derek Spivey added a double for the Renegades.
Latham and Spivey took part in a state all-star series in Roseburg Saturday and Sunday, and Warrenton pitcher Nick Miller will not join the team until later this week.
That left the Renegades with just two pitchers - Astoria's Luke Ness and Dan Garber - for a pair of Saturday games.
In Game 1, the RSG Lumberkings of Kelso scored eight runs in the fourth inning for an 11-0 win over the Renegades.
In the second game, the Vancouver, Wash., "Showtime" broke open a close game to score a 12-2 win over North Coast.
The Renegades played one game Sunday, a 14-3 loss to the Olympia (Wash.) Bull Bandits.
"We just had a tough time fielding a team after Friday," said North Coast coach Bob Knutsen. "We were basically just a patch-work team. We still swung the bat well, but we were really short on pitching."
The Renegades called in a few reserves for the weekend games, including current Warrenton catcher Eric Gantenbein, along with former Knappa player Toivo Fransen.
The Renegades will make their home debut Thursday against the RSG Lumberkings, as they host the Kelso squad in a doubleheader (two six-inning games) at Ernie Aiken Field, beginning at 4 p.m.
North Coast is scheduled to play in the Ringor Tournament Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Hillsboro.