It was a tough way to end a good season.
The Coupeville 15U Babe Ruth baseball team fell 14-2 in four innings to Columbia Basin in the championship game of the state tournament Saturday, July 14, in Ephrata.
Columbia Basin won the best-of-three series, and, with it, the state pennant and a trip to the regional tournament in Portland.
This is the Riverdogs’ fourth consecutive state crown.
The two teams opened the three-game series by splitting a doubleheader Friday. Columbia Basin won the first game 3-2 in eight innings, then the Wolves bounced back to take the second contest 6-2.
The third game was over early as Columbia Basin scored four runs in each of the first two innings and added six in the third. CB clubbed 13 hits and took advantage of six walks and three Coupeville errors.
The Wolves’ Gavin Knoblich singled and eventually scored for Coupeville’s first run in the second inning, then doubled in Sage Sharp for Coupeville’s final run in the fourth.
The only other Wolf to collect a hit was Johnny Carlson, who singled.
Coupeville, coached by Steve Hilborn, finished the season with a 17-2 record, with the two losses coming to Columbia Basin in the state tournament.