BOZEMAN — A 13U Babe Ruth baseball team from Bozeman will represent Montana at the Pacific Northwest Babe Ruth Regional Tournament beginning Sunday.
The regional will take place in Ferndale, Washington, from July 25-31 and will be played at the Lummi Nation Playfields. The winner advances to the Babe Ruth World Series in Jamestown, New York.
“These boys scrapped and clawed their way through this summer and came together to win this tournament,” Bozeman head coach Casey Fox said. “I am so proud of these boys. We weren’t even sure if we could scrape together enough kids to have a team, let alone be able to win games. But this group has just decided to compete. What a privilege it has been to coach these young men.”
Bozeman lost its first game of the Eastern Montana State Tournament on July 10 to Belgrade 14-1 before defeating Gallatin Valley 13-8.
In the title game, Bozeman scored five runs in the top of the fifth en route to downing Belgrade 10-6 in a rematch.
Ryan Wrench pitched the first three innings for Bozeman and C.J. Fox pitched the last four, giving up one unearned run. Calvin Counce was 2 for 2 with two doubles and three RBIs to help lead Bozeman.
“Our boys worked hard to keep a positive attitude, and that showed in this game,” he said. “Also, it helps that our pitchers did a great job keeping their batters guessing. We got timely hits this game, which we did not do the first time we played Belgrade. It was a true team effort.”