NORTHEAST GLENDALE — Four straight at-bats saw La Crescenta’s Ted Boeke only an out away from sending his team to Eureka and euphoria.
Then he found himself just one strike away. That final strike came — and then got away.
But Riley Sullivan tracked it down and promptly turned catastrophe into jubilance, as Sullivan’s long throw from the third-base side of home plate to first got there just in front of Westchester runner Hayden Boehle for the final out of the game, giving La Crescenta a 2-0 victory in the championship game of the Babe Ruth 13-year-old Southern California All-Star Tournament at Stengel Field on Tuesday evening.
“Riley probably saved us,” said Boeke, who tossed three eventful scoreless innings for the save.
He combined with starter Josh Cook and a flawless La Crescenta defense to shut out Westchester and move the squad onward to Eugene in Northern California, where the Pacific Southwest Regional Tournament will begin in early August.