Mudville Wins 2017 Toyota Bash Invitational
Bellevue, WA – Mudville Pinnacle (4-2-1, 33-23-1) completed their 2017 season on high note – winning the 2017 Toyota Bash by defeating the Seattle Bombers 4-3. Mudville finished as the #3 seed after pool play at 2-2-1. In the semi-final they defeated #2 seeded Bainbridge Mavericks, 8-3. The #4 seed Bombers pulled a stunning upset defeating the #1 seeded Toyota 19U Baseball 6-3 in the first semi-final game of the day. All tournament games were played at Bannerwood Park.
Preceding the playoffs, Mudville’ s pool play schedule presented a challenge to their bullpen and players alike, with back to back late afternoon doubleheaders in sweltering 95+ degree weather. After a lackluster pool play start, Mudville regained their in-season momentum to rally in the final pool game on Saturday, bashing the BC Baseball Club 18-2 (5) to secure the #3 seed.
In the first semi-final, junior to be Tyler McRae and SR Lucas Juarez pitched a combined 6-hitter, as the Mudville offense relied on timely hitting. Led by Walla Walla CC’s Kealen Martin (8/21, 9 RBI), Skyline JR Josh Winchester 2/4, 2 RBI game, and SS Greg Fuchs, SR (Oregon State University commit) 2/4 BB, 2 RBI, the trio of hitters helped the Muddies extended the lead over the Mavericks to a five-run deficit. Mudville played errorless defense highlighted by a diving catch by Washington State University commit CF Trevor Taylor.
In the championship game, Bombers took an early 1-0 lead in a well-played championship game. Mudville struck back with two runs in the bottom of the 4th and 5th to take control of the game. The Muddie 4th inning began with a Tyler Polacek, JR (2017 2A State Champions, Ellensburg HS) single followed by Interlake SR Adam Jacques triple to score Polacek. Jacques scored on O’Dea JR Garrett Spragins’ fielders choice. In the 5th inning, a 2-RBI double by Martin scored JR catcher Jadon Bugni after he singled to start the rally. RHP/OF Polacek, was 1-1 on the mound, 10/21 w/6 BB at the plate in the tournament. Tyler followed Kealen with a single to score the insurance runs. As it turned out, these 2 runs were critical as the top of the 7th inning unfolded. The gritty Bombers led off the inning with a single, chasing Polacek after 6 innings of allowing only one earned run. Bombers offense immediately followed with two more hits and scored two runs on closer SR Jack Alden (3 tournament Saves). Alden earned the save by inducing a 5-4-3 double play to kill the rally.
This is the 3rd time Mudville Pinnacle has won the Toyota Bash. Their Bash tournament victories occurred in 2009 and 2013. The 2013 was the most exhilarating as the Muddies played a Sunday triple header to capture the tournament victory.