Astoria’s Cal Ripken Majors baseball team, the Chiefs, won a recent Majors Tournament Championship hosted by Knappa.
Naselle, Wash., opened the tournament with a 6-5, extra-inning win over Astoria, so the Chiefs had to fight back through the consolation bracket to earn the championship.
The Chiefs rallied to win six games in a row, including two straight against Knappa to win the championship.
Astoria won the first contest 6-2, then downed Knappa 7-4 in the second game to win the title.
Astoria pitchers Dylan Junes and Tony Tumbarello combined for both wins in both games.
Initially, the Chiefs trailed Naselle 4-0 in the fourth inning, before coming back and scoring 14 runs without an out.
During league play, the Chiefs went 11-0-1 for an undefeated regular season, and finished with an overall record of 17-1-1.
Astoria scored an average of 12 runs per game, and were led at the plate by Tony Tumbarello (.740 batting average), Dylan Junes (.705) and Hunter Ficken (.622). Junes had 36 runs scored, while Tumbarello had a .786 on base percentage.
Astoria head coach Len Tumbarellosaid, “Every member contributed something during the six-game winning streak and this championship was a total team effort.
“I am so proud of the way they all gave 100 percent and competed throughout the tournament.”
The Chiefs’ roster includes, Julian Dalida, Isaak Dunaway, Hunter Ficken, Jackson Fox, Connolly Fromwiller, Dylan Junes, Jase Junes, Cannon Kraft, Anthony Reed, Bailey Stenblom and Tony Tumbarello.
Tumbarello is assisted by Digger Cokley.