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After dominating the Puget Sound Collegiate League all season, the West Olympia Linx wouldn’t be denied the title.
Down 1-0 in the bottom of the ninth, an overthrow on a Linx stolen base attempt tied the score and sent the championship game into extra innings where Ashton Williamson’s (Skagit Valley) bases loaded, two out single in the bottom of the 13th inning gave the Linx a 2-1 win over the Tumwater Brewers.
It looked like the Brewers would get the early jump on the heavily favored Linx. Josh DeVaughn (Olympic College) got on to lead off the game, stole second base and took third on an error on the throw. Two batters later, DeVaughn was thrown out at the plate trying to score on a sharply hit ground ball and the Brewers wouldn’t threaten again for six more innings.
Both starters, Reilly Fairchild (Skagit Valley) and Suguru Homma (Edmonds College), frustrated hitters all night long. But it was the Linx’s Fairchild that faltered first allowing a bases loaded single to Spencer Dodd (Saint Martin’s) in the seventh inning to give the Brewers a 1-0 lead that would last until the bottom of the ninth.
The Linx tied the game in the ninth and both teams would go down easily in the 10th, 11th and 12th innings behind solid relief work from the Linx’s Ryan Kuhn (Northwest Nazarene) and the Brewers’ Jeff Walton (UPS). The Brewers did threaten in the top of the 13th inning putting men on first and second with one out. But West Olympia’s Kegan Duz-Aguilar (Centralia College) came in and got the next two Brewers to foul out to end the Tumwater threat.
In the bottom of the 13th, Zack Larsen (Saint Martin’s) reached base on an error and after an out and a single that put runners on the corners, Nick Schultz (Centralia College) was intentionally walked to load the bases. The Brewers got the second out on a force at the plate but Williamson went the other way and placed a hit in the hole in right center and Larsen scored the game winning run giving the Linx the PSCL championship.
The Linx finished the season with 28 wins and just three losses.