BURLINGTON — The Sedro-Woolley American Legion AA baseball team is headed to its state tournament after its first-ever district championship.
Abe Bierl scattered five hits in 6 1/3 innings and allowed two earned runs Thursday as Sedro-Woolley toppled Lynden 7-3 at Burlington-Edison High School for the district title.
The victory capped a 4-1 run through the tournament for Sedro-Woolley, which had to finish in the top two to advance to the state tournament in Spokane.
While the team had already clinched a state berth beforehand, the victory Thursday allowed Sedro-Woolley to avenge its only tournament loss, which came Tuesday to Lynden.
Bierl's stellar performance wasn't limited to the mound. At the plate, he went 2-for-3 with a triple and a walk. He was named the championship game's MVP.
Carsten Reynolds, Baker Sparks and Gibby Griffin each went 2-for-4 for Sedro-Woolley. Leadoff hitter Michael Stickles was 3-for-5.
Reynolds was named Tournament MVP. Lynden’s Lane Simonsen was named Tournament MVP among pitchers.
Sedro-Woolley manager Rob Davie has stepped aside from full coaching duties this year for medical reasons. Davie has continued to watch, encourage and advise the team, and had praise for the way the team has played under coaches Tommy Jensen and Steven Gallagher.
"The kids, when called out to pitch, they stepped up and every one contributed. We had a lot of kids who contributed on the hill, and with our bats as well. The kids came to play," he said. "It was a fun tournament."
Lynden defeated Blaine 2-0 earlier Thursday to reach the title game.
Both Sedro-Woolley and Lynden qualify for the state tournament, which is scheduled to begin Monday at Gonzaga Prep High School. Sedro-Woolley's best state-tournament performance is a second-place finish in 1991.
The eight-team district tournament included Anacortes, Burlington and Mount Vernon.