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Narrows Baseball Club team wins Palouse Summer Series tournament

Gig Harbor High School senior Michael Toglia helped the Narrows Baseball Club’s 18U team capture the Palouse Summer Series tournament over the weekend. Toglia was named the tournament’s MVP after going 5 for 5 in two games on Sunday with a home run, three doubles and a single.

Narrows Baseball Club won the championship game on Sunday, 6-4.

The Palouse Summer series, which takes place at Washington State University’s Bailey Brayton Field and three other area ballparks, was a hot host for the tournament, with temperatures above 100 degrees during the weekend. But the heat didn’t seem to affect the Narrows club.

“I did really well,” Toglia said. “I was playing alright up until the last day. I just wanted to go out and have some fun — even in the 110-degree heat. I tried to just do my best. I played really well, played solid in the field, swung the bat well.”

In the championship game, Toglia went 3 for 3 with a home run, double and a single. The Narrows Baseball Club, which is comprised of a lot of players from Gig Harbor High School (and some from Peninsula High School, as well), seems to be riding the momentum from the Tides’ third-place finish in the Class 4A state tournament.

“Yeah, we definitely have been continuing that,” Toglia said. “We kept a lot of the same guys from our high school team, and didn’t lose much from last year’s Narrows team. We have a lot of team chemistry and a lot of talent. That’s helping us a lot.”

Toglia, who was committed to WSU, has reopened his recruitment after WSU fired its baseball coach. Over the weekend, Toglia had the chance to meet with new coach Marty Lees and his staff. Toglia’s WSU offer still stands and he came away impressed after meeting with the staff.

“It was good ... they’re really nice and outgoing and energetic,” he said. “They seem really excited about the WSU program.”

Toglia also picked up an offer from Gonzaga University in Spokane. He hasn’t taken an official visit, but has been on campus before.

“I thought it was a nice campus, not as big as some of the other schools,” Toglia said. “It’s kind of a cool little campus.”

Toglia will now shift his focus to trying his tryout for the Area Code Baseball Games, a prestigious tournament in Long Beach, California, filled with MLB scouts. After that, it’s back to the Narrows Baseball Club for the rest of the summer.