August 23, 1999
WOODINVILLE--The Woodinville Baseball Club's (WBC) 14-year-old Sandy Koufax team comprised of Woodinville, Northshore, and Kenmore players, took third place at the CABA National Championship, held July 30-Aug. 6 in Dublin, Ohio.
The local boys missed the chance to play in the championship game when a West Covina, Calif. player hit a two-run homer in the last inning, handing WBC a heartbreaking 8-7 loss. A Colorado team beat West Covina in the championship game. A West Covina team has played in the championship game of this tournament for the past six straight years.
In the preliminary pod round, WBC went 3-2, beating West Virginia 12-0, Nebraska 9-0, and Ohio 14-8, while losing to California 0-9 and Georgia 5-6.
That put WBC in the championship round, where they lost their first game 4-1 to Colorado, before winning four straight to put them in the final three of the double-elimination tournament, with Colorado and California. No Washington team has ever won this tournament.
Two WBC players, Nick Hall and Brandon Markey, were honored by selection on the All-Tournament team. Chris Albrecht, Josh Kutz, and Jon Willard made the honorable mention list.
This team finished the season with a 69-4 regular season record. They competed in six invitational tournaments from Washington to southern California, winning four and placing second in the other two.
Over the past two years, the team has won 123 games, including winning AAU Regional tournaments both years to qualify for the AAU World Series. Last year they placed 10th in that World Series. This year, they also won the Sandy Koufax League State tournament and the CABA Regional title that qualified them for the CABA World Series. They chose the CABA World Series over AAU because they felt it offered better competition.
The core of both teams--Richie Lentz, Casey Priseman, Thomas Knowles, Ian Warner, Nick Hall, and Brad Johnson--have played together all the way through Woodinville's Little League program. Other team members include Chris Albrecht, DT Nance, Mike Wagner, Brandon Markey, Josh Kutz, Kyle Kendrick, and Jon Willard.