Oak Harbor High School senior Austin Boesch earned a spot on the all-tournament team after competing in the Perfect Game MLK Championship Baseball Tournament Jan. 18-21 in Phoenix.
Boesch, playing with athletes from throughout Washington, was a member of the Cascade Crush in the tournament, which featured 34 teams from across the country.
Boesch was joined on the team by Wildcat teammate Donny Kloewer.
The Crush went 4-2 in the tournament, while Boesch pitched seven innings over two games, allowing no earned runs and only two hits. He struck out five and walked three.
The Crush defeated the Minnesota Millers 6-0, the Milwaukee Brewers Scout Team-Canada 4-0, Majestic National (Easton, Pa.) 6-3 and Prospect Nation (Los Angeles) 6-0. They lost to the Minnesota Blizzard Elite Black (Vadnais Heights) 10-3 and the Arizona Future Stars (Mesa) 4-3.
In one game while Boesch pitched, Kloewer, an outfielder, recorded eight consecutive outs, according to Ted Boesch, Austin’s father.
Boesch, Kloewer and Oak Harbor’s Thomas Anderson all played for the Crush, based out of Bellingham, during the regular fall season in September and October. The team then took part in the Desert Fall Classic in Las Vegas Oct. 26-28, where the team went 2-2. Boesch pitched in the tournament opener, an 8-2 win against Team Wooten from Minnesota. He tossed four innings, allowing two hits and one earned run.
During the season, the three Oak Harbor athletes attended the Baseball Scoutz Clinic and Showcase in Bellingham directed by Atlanta Braves scout Eric Ruben.
After their performance at the showcase, Boesch and Kloewer were invited to another session run by Ruben, and their efforts there led to the invitation to play in the Perfect Game MLK Championship Tournament at Camelback Ranch, spring training home of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox.
Last high school baseball season, Kloewer was named to the All-Wesco first team and Boesch and Anderson received honorable mention.