In the regional championship game, the USAO Drovers beat the Bellevue Bruins 5-4.
The Drovers got a key start from pitcher Carson Corff, who went 9 innings giving up 4 runs on 7 hits. Corff moves to 8-0 on the season. The Drovers bats gathered 8 hits and were led by Kenniel Rivera, who went 2-4 with 2 singles. Christian Perez went 2-4 with a single and a home run ( his 10th of the year). Frankely Gonzalez went 1-4 with a single, Dillon White went 1-3 with a single, Wyatt Hull went 1-4 with a single and Henry Rodriguez went 1-3 with a double.
The Bellevue Bruins collected 7 hits and were led by Diego Iribarren who went 3-4 with 3 singles. Riley Baasch went 2-4 with 2 singles, Derik Bontempo went 1-4 with a home run and Joe Moran went 1-4 with a single. The starting pitcher for the Bruins was Colten Barne who went 7 1/3 innings, giving up 4 runs on 6 hits.
Coach Ross said “Was an exciting comeback win. Had an outstanding pitching performance from Carson Corff. The 8th and 9th innings showed the character of this team. They never quit and to win it in the 9th was alot of fun”
Pitcher Carson Corff said “We knew we needed to avoid the if necessary game and get them the first game. I tried to compete and give us a chance to win on the mound. The last two innings were something special with a lot of big time at bats to come back down 3 runs. The last play of the game where Henry hit a double down the line and ended up scoring on a throwing error was the wildest finish to a game I’ve ever seen. We can’t wait to get after it in Idaho during the World Series!”
USAO: Coach Ross and the Drovers will move on to play in Idaho at the NAIA world series.
Bellevue: The Bruins season will come to a end with a record of 51-11, after the 5-4 loss to USAO.