EPHRATA — Coming off a trip to the world series last season in New York, the Columbia Basin Riverdogs look poised for another run this summer.
The Riverdogs finished last season with a record of 31-14-1.
The Columbia Basin team was forced to postpone the beginning of its season last weekend due to over half the team being involved in state tournament matchups.
Players from Almira/Coulee-Hartline and Moses Lake are both coming off state championships.
Head coach Randy Boruff said the tournament play paired with the number of world series these players have competed in has built key experience for the group going forward.
“You have nine or ten kids who have experience of being right there in the heat of the battle,” he said.
Boruff said, given the experience and talent, he would be disappointed if this group couldn’t make another appearance in the world series this season, but said they will face a test in the regional round.
“The regional tournament is in Calgary, and they had a pretty good team last year, and we beat them in the semifinals,” Boruff said. “They’ve got a pretty good team coming back. Playing in Calgary, they’ll be looking to bump us off knowing we’re the team to beat.” A big strength for the Riverdogs this summer, Boruff said, will be its pitching, with nine players he said he felt comfortable with on the mound.
“We have four legit starters that throw eighty-five plus,” Boruff said. “We’ve got a really good defense.”
The Riverdogs will open play this summer on the weekend of June 7 at Big Bend Community College. The world series this year will take place in Mobile, Alabama.