By DEREK WILEY
Down six runs in the final inning, the Keizer Cubs rallied to win the Boys of Summer Classic July 30-31 in Eugene.
Keizer defeated West Valley All-Stars 13-12 in the championship game of the 9U bracket.
Trailing 12-6, Aiden Garcia and Derek Jones started the bottom of the sixth inning with bunt hits.
Jake Allen hit an inside the park home run and Dylan Cuff scored the winning run on a passed ball.
“Our kids just started hitting the ball,” Cubs coach Tim Jones said. “We had base hit after base hit.”
Kyle Argue, who didn’t allow a run in the top of the sixth inning, was the winning pitcher.
Keizer defeated the WV All-Stars A-Team, ranked fourth in Oregon, Washington and Idaho and 98th in all of Northwest Nations Baseball, twice in the tournament.
The first win was also a one-run game, 9-8. The Cubs also topped West Valley’s B-Team 12-4 and throttled Central Lane Knights 16-1 to advance to the championship game.
The Cubs, which includes players Garcia, Cuff, Argue, Derek Jones, Jake Allen, Ben Allen, Jayden China, Cash Martin, Mason Splonski and Bryson Springer; and coaches Tim Jones, Chris Argue, Tony Cuff, Brandon Martin and Chris China have been together since T-Ball.
They play in the Junior Baseball Organization.
The Boys of Summer Classic was their highest finish in a tournament.