While the outcome wasn’t what was hoped for, the Keizer Knights still finished third in the Pacific Northwest Babe Ruth Regional Tournament that concluded at Volcanoes Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 6.
The Knights opened against Idaho and cruised to an 8-0 shutout victory. Mound Time, from Beaverton, stymied the Knights 12-1 in their second game. The Knights recovered against the Willamette Valley All-Stars from the Eugene/Springfield area winning 17-8 and polished off Wyoming 19-4 to finish pool play with a record of 3-1, good enough for the No. 2 seed in championship backets, when the best four teams played in a single-elimination with the winner advancing to the Babe Ruth World Series in Virginia.
The Knights dropped their Saturday game against Kelso by the score of 7-1, ending their hopes of advancing further.
“Only two teams in the Pacific Northwest, went further than the Knights did,” said Jerry Walker, the team’s head coach. “The team can be proud of their accomplishments.”
Mickey Walker led the Knights hitting .500 during the tournament with back-to-back four-hit games and eight runs scored. Hayden Gosling hit .444 and Alex Alvarado rounded out the top three hitting .385. Andy Bevens led the team in pitching and was responsible for a complete game shutout over Idaho.
Mound Time won the tournament with a thrilling last inning comeback to beat Kelso 10-9, earning the right to represent the Pacific Northwest at the World Series.