Texas beats Ohio 7-6 to win Todd Ryan Memorial in Wasilla

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 9, 2012

Trevor Harlos of the Castroville [Texas] Post 460 baseball team is having a blast in Alaska.

"We went to the glacier yesterday," he said. "I’m going river rafting tomorrow and fishing in Kenai. I love it."

He loves it even more after winning a championship.Harlos today scored the winning run in Castroville’s thrilling 7-6 victory over Strongsville [Ohio] Post 795 in the title game of the Todd Ryan Memorial Tournament in Wasilla.

"It means a lot to win," Harlos said. "We know we have a good team this year."

The team from Texas finished 4-0 in the tournament.

In other tournament action today, Fairbanks beat Service 12-2 and Wasilla defeated Chugiak 4-3.

In the title game, Harlos led off the seventh and final inning with a double to get the rally started. Ohio walked the next batter intentionally to put runners at first and second, setting up a classic bunting situation.

Before the sacrifice could be executed, however, Harlos stole third base. That forced Ohio to issue a second intentional walk to load the bases.

Harlos’ heads up play changed the whole dimension of the inning, and eventually the game.

Ohio was forced to crowd the infield and play its outfield shallow.

Brandon Garwood hit a fly ball over the right fielder’s head for the winning hit in walk-off fashion.

"It was very tense, very emotional," Texas coach Glynn Tschirhart said. "It was an as exciting game as you’d want 4,000 miles away from home. It was fun. Of course, it’s much more fun because we won."

Ohio coach Neal Packanik was proud of his team’s never-say-die spirit after rallying from a 6-1 deficit.

"That’s why we call ourselves ‘Dirtbags,’ " he said. "It’s not just a cute nickname. It’s our style of baseball. We’re going to fight, scratch and claw for 21 outs."

Both teams square off again Tuesday in the first round of the Bill Miller Big Fish wood bat tournament in Kenai.

Stay tuned.