The Ladner 9U Red Sox capped a perfect run through the all-star baseball season with some added drama at the Andrews Invitational Tournament in Cloverdale.
On the heels of their impressive three tournament wins, the Red Sox found themselves in unfamiliar territory — losing late in a must-win game.
Trailing by two runs against an older Whalley Little League team, Brady Bach stepped to the plate and roped a three-run shot to the wall to give Ladner the lead.
Caleb Miller followed up with a bases clearing triple to solidify the victory and send his team to the semi-finals.
The boys cruised through the final four encounter with a mercy-rule win over Cloverdale and once again found themselves behind by a run in the championship game against White Rock.
As the visiting team, Ladner was down to its final out and last strike in the top of the sixth when Dawson Schmidt crushed the ball to right field to cash-in Nathan Depicciotto and tie the game.
Cole Hudie retired the side in four batters to send the game to extra innings.
The Red Sox loaded the bases in the top of the seventh when Kaden MacDonald clutched up with a bases clearing double. He would then score to put the Sox ahead by four going into the bottom of the seventh.
Jack Riley closed out the game with a strong outing on the mound — shutting out the Tritons and sending the Red Sox to victory.
The victory was Ladner’s fourth tournament win of the summer — going 25-0 during the process.
The team also features: Sam Johnston, Nathan North, Thomas Ramage, Monte Soucek and Hudson Wortley.
The coaching staff includes: Doug Miller, Paul Bach, Bryan Hudie, Sean MacDonald and Sean Riley.