Western regional tournament next up for Price Babe Ruth team
Both the Price 15 year old Babe Ruth team and it's coaches had their sights set on the Western regional tournament.
They got a taste of it last year, but went two and out. This year they headed into the tournament with two wins from the state in Price and still had at least two teams to beat to make that goal happen again this year.
They are heading west after winning a close five to four game against West Side Thursday night then taking on Murray amidst the clouds and threatening skies on Friday.
They clenched the state title with a seven to three victory against a powerful Murray squad.
On Thursday Jaren McCourt stepped on the hill to get the home team rolling.
Price scored first and racked up a four to zero lead by the third. But West Side wasn't ready to roll over and climbed back in. After a hard fought battle Price sent West Side to the loser's bracket to face Murray.
On Friday Murray and West Side faced off.
Although Murray was down four to zero before they came up to bat, they jumped ahead as they posted nine in the first to set the tone.
Both teams eventually settled down, but Murray had some late offense and ended the game 17 to seven in the sixth.
That set up the final game and Murray would have to beat Price on Friday night and then again on Saturday if they wanted the title.
Price however, just had to beat Murray in the Friday game to win.
Price was the home team and pitcher Jake Nichols quickly sat down the Murray offense, wasting no time in putting up a run in the bottom half of the first. Nobody scored in the second, but the hometown boys delighted the crown with another run in the third.
Price gave themselves a cushion with a three run fourth. Murray finally pushed their first run across in the fifth and added another in the sixth to tighten up the game at five to two. A bit of trash talking from Murray threatened to unnerve the Price boys, but coaches and the team themselves settled each other down and kept their heads in the game. Jaren McCourt came in to relieve Nichols in the final two frames.
Price put the lid on the game with two more runs in the sixth to widen their lead. When they took the field for the final half of the inning, they concentrated on the final three outs.
Murray went down without a fight and the boys in blue ran to the mound to celebrate.
Team coach and manager Joe Tryon was almost speechless, but he took the time to give credit to the parents of the boys and the boys themselves.
"We are lucky that these kids have such good supportive parents. I have been with this group from the beginning of little league to now and their parents are always here as a support system for everything they do. I work in juvenile probation and I know how important that is."
He went on to add, "Last year I was deployed and missed all this so it is an honor to be here. Most people don't see the flag out there and realize how important it as is that they can sit here and play these games and enjoy their freedoms. I am proud of these kids and what they have accomplished. They take pride in their defense and play a good game. I tell them if they take care of the defense they will not need to worry, the offense will come."
Coach James Cordova walked by with a wide grin and added,"huge win!"
The Price team consists of Jaren McCourt, Dylan Voginec, Seth Tryon, Clay Finkbiner, Jake Nichols, Julio Tamllos, Dalen Weber, Bowen LaCotta, Garret Hunt, Tyler Johnson, Kris Murdock, and Michael Cordova.
The team now travels to Ukaiha California for the Wesatern Regional tournament.
In a double elimination format
Price's first game Thursday August 6, against Hawaii.
The team needs help with the travel costs, anyone wishing to make donations can do so at Zoins bank.