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Columbia Basin Beats Mobile in 2015 Babe Ruth 16-18 World Series

Babe Ruth World Series Championship Columbia Ballplayers on Top in 'Dogfight"

The spoiler role was earned for the Columbia Basin (Ephrata, Washington) River Dogs on their way to their 3-0 victory over the Mobile, Alabama Rawdogs in the 2015 Babe Ruth 16-18 World Series championship at Kiger Stadium in Klamath Falls, Oregon.

Cameron Walker saved his best pitching of the World Series for the final game, with six strikeouts, allowing no walks and five hits.

Walker's efforts earned him the World Series Most Outstanding Player award as he helped stop a three-peat bid for Alabama.

"This is an unbelievable feeling.  You work all year for this and now that it happens you cannot believe you are here," Walker said.  "It's probably going to take a few days to sink in and to think to ourselves that we are really here, but this is a great feeling."

Walker said to start the season, he was not sure his team would even get to make it to the Babe Ruth 16-18 World Series after having losing a record midway through its season.

"We came so far.  I would not have believed the person who told us we would make it here, or even win this," he said.

This is Walker's second year with Columbia Basin, and he is going to play baseball for Walla Walla Community College this coming year.

As important as Walker was for the River Dogs, Spencer Vela might have been equally as valuable.  Vela broke the championship game silence in the top of the sixth inning with his RBI single to centerfield to allow Zach Askin to score the first run for Columbia Basin.

"I was just looking for something to hit.  I was just looking for something to hit right up the middle so I could score these guys," Vela said.  "This means a lot to me.  These guys are like my brothers.  I was not expecting that RBI, but as soon as I got that hit right up the middle, I knew I got it."

On the next play, Walker's sacrifice fly brought Tristin Parton home to widen Columbia Basin's lead.

Alabama starting pitcher Jonathan Williams would be taken out in the top of the seventh inning after the River Dogs Josh Kallstrom doubled.  Williams had four strikeouts and allowed five of Columbia Basin's six hits.

Jordan Taylor replaced Williams and Kaeden Murphy would have the River Dogs last RBI in the top of the seventh, a single to leftfield to move Kallstrom to home plate for the last score in the World Series.

Kallstrom had the only extra-base hit with his doubles against Alabama, while Justin Henderson doubled for the Rawdogs.

No player had more than one hit in the game.

Columbia Basin Head Coach Randy Boruff described his time at the World Series as a homecoming.  "We have had great success here," Boruff said.  "We won in '98 in the regional and won it again in 2013, and here we won the World Series in 2015, so this place right here is home for us; it really is."

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Congratulations to the following participants who were honored with World Series Awards:

ALL-WORLD SERIES AND ALL-DEFENSE HONORS

All-WORLD SERIES TEAM

ALL-DEFENSE TEAM

Pitcher

Tony Kucera

Mobile, AL

Pitcher

Jordan Taylor

Mobile, AL

Pitcher

Joe Larimer

Fairfax, VA

Catcher

Zach Bright

Fairfax, VA

Catcher

Michael Farnell

Mobile, AL

1b

Willy Howard

Klamath Falls, OR

1b

Josh Kallstrom

Ephrata, WA

2b

Payton Poe

Klamath Falls, OR

2b

Dayton Cook

Mobile, AL

3b

Kaeden Murphy

Ephrata, WA

3b

Gunner Hendrix

Mobile, AL

SS

Elijah Jorgenson

Sauk Prairie, WI

SS

Jacob D’Ercole

Fairfax, VA

OF

Will Shackelford

Cape Cod, MA

OF

Joey Cooper

Bakersfield, CA

OF

Cody Dykstra

Klamath Falls, OR

OF

Nathan Nelson

Hopkins, MN

OF

Spencer Vela

Ephrata, WA

OF

Tristan Parton

Ephrata, WA

Utility

Rylan Whitmyer

Williamsport, PA

Utility

Randall Coxwell

Mobile, AL

 

 

 

Batting Champion
Randall Coxwell - Mobile, Alabama - .529 Batting Average

Most Outstanding Player
Cameron Walker - Ephrata, Washington 

Sportsmanship Award
Sauk Prairie, Wisconsin

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