KLAMATH FALLS - Are the River Dogs a team of destiny?
It appears so after the Boys from the Basin finished 4-0 in National Division pool play, and then laid an 11-5 hurting on Fairfax, Va. in semifinal action Friday.
The Dogs are now just one win away from claiming the 2015 Senior Babe Ruth World Series title in the town they won it in 17 years ago; Klamath Falls
“As a coach … it doesn’t get any better than this,” Randy Boruff said. “The team is peaking at the right time … the kids are really stroking the ball well … have spent a lot of time in the cages and are being rewarded for their efforts. It’s fun to watch it all come together.”
It was a back and forth battle between the River Dogs and Fairfax with the lead changing hands three times in the first four innings.
The Dogs went up top 2-0 in the bottom the first. Fairfax tied it in the top of the second, and then added three in the third to make it 5-2 Virginia.
The River Dogs responded with three runs in the bottom of the frame, and then broke things wide open with a six-run fourth to push the score to 11-5.
Kaeden Murphy came on in relief of Hunter Boyd in the fifth and shut down Fairfax the rest of the way to record the win.
Cameron Walker catapulted the Dogs to victory with three hits in four at bats with 4 RBI and three runs scored. Josh Kallstrom, Timbo Taylor and Spencer Vela had two hits each.
The win puts the River Dogs in the title game with defending champion Alabama this afternoon
“This is one of those Kodak moments in life for these kids,” Boruff said. “This is the last time most of them will play together, and the first time any of them have played in a national championship game. Many have not even played in a state championship game unless it was with the River Dogs so this truly is a Master Card moment. We need to seize it … and win or lose … leave everything out on the field.”
Cameron Walker gets the 1 p.m. start.
“He’s been our best arm in the tournament and is coming off a few days rest so he should be ready to go,” Boruff said. “He was a real spark for us last night along with Spencer Vela and the top of our batting order.”