CHENEY, Wash. - Grant Union High School baseball players Toby Thomas and Bo Thunell, along with other members of the Oregon Team, brought home the championship trophy at the Pacific Northwest Championships held Tuesday-Sunday Aug., 19-22 in the Tacoma, Wash., area.
Competing against high school teams from Washington, Idaho and British Columbia, Canada, in the five-team tournament, the Oregon squad went 2-2 in pool play before coming back to defeat the Washington Metro team 7-4 in the championship game on Friday, Aug. 22.
"There were a lot of good players on all the teams and this was a good experience for the kids," said Grant Union assistant baseball coach Bill Thomas. "Their versatility allowed Bo and Toby to play a lot of innings at different positions. Toby played left and centerfield and also at second base, and Bo caught and played second base. There were a number of scouts from colleges and also from professional teams in attendance, and it gave the kids some good exposure."
Oregon beat the Washington State team 10-2 in the opening round of pool play before losing 5-0 Idaho.
The Oregon squad came back to defeat British Columbia 7-2 and then lost 4-2 to the Washington Metro team made up of players from the Seattle/Tacoma area to complete pool play.
Thomas said Oregon, Idaho, Washington State and British Columbia all finished with 2-2 records in the pool, but Oregon was able to advance to the championship game on a tie-breaker.
"We were able to hit the ball well in the championship game," Thomas said. "Cheney Stadium has to be the largest stadium I have ever seen. It was 435 feet to centerfield topped by a 30-foot wall. This was a wood-bat tournament, and there weren't any balls hit out of the park."