By Ian Ferguson
The local 14U baseball team, the Cascade Crush, had an amazing run to the national championship game in Colorado and ended their season as the runners-up to the 14U national title.
Blaine athletes Chase Abshere, Colby Knutzen and Hayden Dohner play for the Crush, which is based in Bellingham. The team went 53–14 over the season, with four first-place tournament titles and four second-place finishes.
The 14U World Series tournament was held in Steamboat Springs July 19–26. The Crush went into the championship game July 26 undefeated before losing to a team from Colorado. Although they had to settle for runners-up in the national title, the team won a skills competition among all participating teams playing ‘round the horn. Each player on the team took home a set of Skullcandy headphones and a trophy for winning the skills competition.
The team is now training through Inside Pitch’s fall ball high school league, practicing one day per week with double-headers on Sunday in preparation for a tournament in Las Vegas in October.
Angela Abshere, Chase’s mother, said the boys were very happy with the season, and they are looking forward to the Las Vegas tournament.
“Their overall season was outstanding,” Abshere said. “The amount of practice, dedication, hard work and love of the game is what drives these players to be the best they can be.”
Matt Tagman and Kevin Bolt coach the Cascade Crush 14U team.