Osborne delivers walk-off base hit to beat team with 3 Alaskans
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Mar 1, 2015
Anchorage’s Sagan Osborne today had his best baseball moment in two years, and he got to enjoy it with three other Alaskans on the field.
Osborne’s one-out single with the bases loaded in the seventh inning ended Treasure Valley’s 6-5 win over Dawson in JC action in Oregon.
He entered the game as a defensive substitute at third base in the top of the seventh as Treasure Valley looked to close out a three-run lead.
“I wasn’t even going to hit,” Osborne told me.
But Dawson rallied for three runs to force the bottom half of the inning. Then Treasure Valley loaded the bases with one out to bring Osborne to the plate.
“We are a stacked team and I hadn’t got much playing time over the weekend,” he said.
He came in cold and walked off red hot.
Osborne, of Dimond High fame, drove a soft line drive to right field to plate the winning run and beat a Dawson team with three Alaskans in the lineup.
“That made it extra special,” Osborne said.
Dawson [Mont.] had three Service High alums in the field when Osborne got his hit – Jake Ridley at shortstop, Conner Melton at catcher and Ryan Caron in right field.
“It’s definitely awesome to see another Alaskan being successful,” Ridley told me, “but a loss still hurts either way.”
Caron finished 2-for-4 with a run and RBI. Ridley hit third in the order but went 0-for-4. Melton entered as a defensive replacement.
For Osborne, the game-winning base hit was his first hit in college. It’s a long time coming for a promising high school player that started his journey two years ago at Utah Valley State before coming to Treasure Valley.
“It was a huge weight off to come through and help this team win,” he said. “I’m just thankful to be in this great program and I really see it as my second chance to prove myself.”
This story was written by Van Williams, a freelance writer in Anchorage and the ALB Media Director.