REDDING, Calif. – The Capital City Select 14-U baseball team wrapped up its season in dramatic fashion by completing three come-from-behind victories at the Big League Field of Dreams.
The thrilling wins provided the Black Sox with the tournament title.
“We ended the season at 44-22,” said manager Scott Barchus, “a number that includes eight finals appearances and three championship titles against the highest level of competition in the Northwest.”
Here’s a recap from Redding:
Capital City 10, Nor Cal Royals 7
Capital City started pool play against the Royals. It was 2-1 after the first inning when the Black Sox broke out with five runs on five consecutive bunts. Then scored one more on doubles by Connor Goff and Cody Ratliff. Alex Barzee put the game out of reach with a two-RBI double in the fourth to give the Sox a 10-3 lead.
Capital City 7, Redding Vipers 6
Capital City fell behind in the the first following a leadoff home run by the Vipers. But responded with one run in their next at-bat.
Capital City gained the lead, 3-1, in the third. But Redding responded with a three-run home run to lead 4-3.
The Sox tied it in the top of the fifth when Trent Hardin scored on an error. But the Vipers struck again to lead 6-4.
Down to their last out with Hardin on first, the Black Sox began their comeback. Back-to-back singles by Goff and Andrew Ketelson loaded the bases. Ratliff followed with a huge RBI double to the wall to tie the game at six. Jordan Barchus walked and Travis Klampe was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to bring in the go-ahead run.
With a runner in scoring position, Connor Suing closed out the win.
Capital City 5, Rohnert Park Courage 3
Great pitching by Ketelson and a lack of offense for the Sox had the game tied at one entering the fourth.
The Courage then scored one more off Ketelson on an error, but the Sox came back with their biggest inning, scoring Barzee, Hardin and Ketelson to take the lead 4-2 going into the fifth.
Capital tacked on one more in the bottom of the fifth when Ben DeSaulnier hit a solo home run to centerfield.
Barzee followed with the save to complete pool play as the number one seed.
Capital City 7, Nor Cal Royals 6
In the semifinals, Capital City led for the first time in the tournament when DeSaulnier scored on a Hardin single in the bottom of the first.
A double by Ketelson and an RBI single by Barchus made the score 2-0, and another run was added when Cyrus Mooney scored from first on a Barzee double.
Nor Cal came back with a huge inning. The Royals scored their first run on consecutive base hits, but then an error and a walk led to a three-run home run to put the Royals in front.
The Black Sox trailed, 6-3, heading into the final frame. But Barchus started the inning with a single to center. Then with runners on first and third with one out, DeSaulnier delivered an RBI single.
Following a fly out to left, the Black Sox were down to their last out. Barzee came up with an RBI to bring the game within one run. Hardin was intentionally walked, bringing up Goff, who came through with a line drive single to tie the game. The winning run scored on a Ketelson liner.
Capital City 7, Redding Vipers 6
In a rematch of the Sox’s toughest pool play game, Capital City trailed 6-2 heading into the bottom of the third of the championship game.
But in the third, Mooney scored on a double by Barchus and Klampe followed with an RBI single to make it 6-4.
In the sixth, DeSaulnier was hit by pitch and Ketelson followed with a drag bunt for a single. Both runners advanced on an errant throw by the pitcher. Barzee ripped an RBI single, then Hardin laced a ball to the wall to put the winning run at third base and setting the stage for Ratliff, who followed with another RBI single to left.
In the sixth, the Vipers’ first two batters reached base. The Sox were up for the challenge, though, as Klampe came in to pitch for the first time in the tournament. He struck out the cleanup hitter and then induced a double-play grounder.
With the win, “the Sox claimed our third championship and ended our season in amazing fashion, with a 5-0 record in Redding,” said manager Scott Barchus.
The Capital City roster includes Andrew Ketelson, Connor Goff, Ben DeSaulnier, Travis Klampe, Trent Hardin, Alex Barzee, Cody Ratliff, Connor Suing, Jordan Barchus, Daniel Zavala, Cyrus Mooney and Zach Hammerschmith. The team is coached by Scott Barchus, Justin Barchus, David Zavala, Willy Goff, and Mark Hardin.