Posing at Hailey’s Founders Field during last weekend’s Ray Nelson 13-U tournament is the third-place Wood River team. From left, they are assis-tant coach Keven Abbott, Wyatt Johnson, Will Long, Lane Fel-ger, Jake Jorgensen, Nic Tid-well, Alec Nordsieck, Hunter Frye, assistant coach Juan Martinez, Gage Jorgensen, Re-ide Whitehead, Brandon Ben-son, Cooper Stone, Gunner Gibson, Dylan Broman, Nelson Cantrell and head coach Billy Kramer. Courtesy photo
They did it the hard way Saturday, but the Boise Orange Crush 13-year-old youth baseball team captured the championship of the first-ever Ray Nelson Invitational 13-U Babe Ruth tournament in Hailey.
Finishing a run of five straight wins through the loser bracket of the five-team double elimination tourney, Boise Crush nipped Treasure Valley Titans 6-5 in the bottom of the seventh inning of the championship game at Founders Field.
Boise Crush avenged a 9-2 loss to the Titans in Friday’s opening game when Andrew Stradley drove a single to right field with one out, scoring Derrek Awes with the winner.
It was an unearned run, coming after a one-out error, a Haden McCarney single and a passed ball. Winning pitcher was Joe Puzio for Boise Crush.
The champions went 5-1 and outscored opponents 49-33.
The WoodRiver entry in the 13-U meet won two of its four games and finished third, with the best defensive effort of all five teams, allowing 19 runs in its four outings. It was WoodRiver’s fourth and final tournament of the summer season.
On Wood Rivercoached by Billy Kramer, Juan Martinez and Keven Abbott were Will Long, Hunter Frye, Jake Jorgensen, Gage Jorgensen, Brandon Benson, Dylan Broman, Nelson Cantrell, Lane Felger, Gunner Gibson, Wyatt Johnson, Cooper Stone, Nic Tidwell, Reide Whitehead and Alec Nordsieck.
Here are tournament scores:
Wood River 7-3 over Northside (0-2); Wood River 16-1 over Idaho Falls (0-2); second-place Treasure Valley (2-2) by a 9-2 score over Boise Crush; Treasure Valley 10-5 over Wood River in winner bracket final;
Boise 11-7 over Northside; Boise 9-2 over Idaho Falls; Boise 5-4 over Wood River; Boise 16-6 over Treasure Valley and Boise 6-5 over Treasure Valley in the final game.