After playing from behind for much of the Ken Griffey 15U tournament, the Boys of Summer Hurricanes took a different approach in the league championship game.
The Canes jumped to an early lead on an RBI single by Jake Fredrickson in the first inning and the duo of tournament MVP Drew Barlow and Josh Johnston combined for a three-hit shutout as the Canes — a select team comprised predominantly of players from Woodinville — held on for a 1-0 win over the Bellevue Dragons on July 8 to win the tournament.
The Canes entered the double-elimination tournament — which featured the league’s top eight teams and took place from July 5-8 at Hartman Park in Redmond — tied with the Dragons for the league’s best record at 19-3 and continued their dominance with a 9-1 mercy-rule win over the CNB Nationals in the opener.
The Canes then played with a flair for the dramatic, erasing a pair of 5-0 deficits in their next two games to win in walk-off fashion.
Against the Puget Sound Shockers, the Canes spotted five runs in the fourth inning before answering with five of their own over the next two innings to set the stage for the walk-off in the seventh.
After a pair of singles by Fredrickson and Barlow, Johnston hit a ground ball back to the pitcher, who turned and fired the ball past second base and into the outfield, allowing Fredrickson to score the winning run in the Canes’ 6-5 comeback win.
Facing another five-run deficit in the following game against the Legends, the Canes scored four runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh — including a walk-off RBI double from Fredrickson — to come back and win 6-5 for the second straight game.
That eventually pitted the Canes against the Dragons in the championship round, where the Canes, undefeated in the tournament, had two chances to beat the one-loss Dragons.
The Canes lost 5-4 in their first chance but bounced back in the following evening’s rematch, riding stellar pitching and defense to their 1-0 championship game victory.
The Canes then continued their winning ways in another, unrelated tournament from July 11-13, taking the Babe Ruth 15U northern Washington state championship in Spokane. They went undefeated in the tournament, giving up a total of just two runs in three games before beating the Columbia Basin River Dogs 12-6 in the title game at Avista Stadium, home of the minor league Spokane Indians.
It was yet another comeback win for the Canes, who trailed 5-1 in the second and 6-5 in the fourth before pulling away with seven unanswered runs. Johnston took the mound in the third and pitched a flawless five innings, not giving up a single run, hit or walk.
By winning the tournament in Spokane, the Canes qualified for the Babe Ruth 15U Pacific Northwest regional tournament in Baker City, Ore. from Aug. 5-10 and the Xtreme Baseball World Series from July 19-24.