KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The Columbia Basin River Dogs 16-18 Babe Ruth baseball team is headed to the Babe Ruth World Series after a dominant showing at regionals last weekend.
The team, which featured several athletes from the North Central Washington region, got off to a rocky start in pool play with an 8-5 loss against host team Klamath Falls, Ore.
It went on to win its next three contests, which included an 11-0 victory over Missoula, Mont., a 5-0 win against Yreka, Calif., and a 10-1 victory against Alberta, Calgary.
The Columbia Basin River Dogs advanced to the Pacific Northwest regionals semifinals after notching a 3-1 record in pool play and defeated Port Angeles 9-1 to clinch a spot in the championship game.
They faced Klamath Falls in a rematch and won 6-3 Sunday to earn a trip to Covington County, Ala., for the World Series Championship. They begin play in the week-long tournament Aug. 15.
Players from the area include: East Wenatchee’s Matt Sutherland, Cashmere’s Kyle Weiler, Mitch Darlington and Devin Knight, Ephrata’s Chandler Gribble, Justin Dehoog, Dylan Derr, Sheldon Kosa and Robert Lund and Chelan’s Aaron Schramm.
The team is coached by Randy Boruff. The assistant coach is Dave Johnson. This is the organization’s 11th Babe Ruth World Series appearance.