CAMAS - Colville Tribal member Tyson Nicholson and the Columbia Basin Riverdogs punched their ticket to the Babe Ruth World Series that will be held in Bismarck, N.D., Aug. 8-15 in spectacular fashion.
The Riverdogs beat Glacier, Mont. 7-1 in the regional tournament championship game earning the chance to advance to the World Series.
“My mind was racing through all the different possibilities of the game,” said Nicholson, who started the game on the mound for the Riverdogs.
“I was feeling confident that we were going to win the regional tournament,” he said. “The team was playing solid team baseball, and we all had good energy. That’s what kept us going.”
Nicholson pitched four innings, striking out seven. He also went 1-for-2 with a double at the plate.
“It’s an unreal feeling,” said Nicholson. “I am very joyful to do so since I know this is an opportunity not many people get to experience.”
Most of the players on the team are from Moses Lake (eight total) and there is one player from each of the following cities; Ephrata, Ellensburg, Quincy, Coulee City and Coulee Dam.
The Riverdogs will be representing the Pacific Northwest as they are in the American Division along with a team from the Southwest, a team from the Ohio Valley and a team from China.
Their next game will be on Aug. 8 against Bismarck, ND.