EPHRATA- The Columbia Basin River Dogs took care of business in the Babe Ruth State Championship, sweeping Lakeside Recovery on Wednesday night, negating the need for a third game, Thursday morning.
The River Dogs blew Lakeside Recovery out in back-to-back games, the first one by the score of 13-0 and the second game by the score of 7-0. Through the course of the two games, the River Dogs only allowed one hit while racking up 23 of their own.
Being state champions was expected for the River Dogs, who have consistently been a top team in the region, making it all the way to the Babe Ruth World Series every season since 2013. Winning a game you’re supposed to win is one thing, but it’s how you win.
"Tonight the key, even thought was won 13-0 and 7-0, we played outstanding defense," coach Randy Boruff said. "Really good defense and that's a key."
The MVP of the state tournament was Dax Lindgren, who over the course of the two games went 6-7 at the plate and accounted for six runs and four RBIs. He knows the team will have to be their best moving forward.
"We're expecting a lot better teams," Lindgren said. "I'm sure it'll be a lot closer games and we gotta be ready to play every time."
The Babe Ruth Regional Tournament will begin on Tuesday in Calgary, Canada.