BURLEY, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) The Burley Green Sox have advanced to the A Idaho State Legion Baseball Tournament for the first time since 2012.
They pulled off the feat, by winning the consolation bracket at Hillcrest High School on Friday. Now the team travels to Lewiston with a chip on their shoulders.
Burley is state bound, after a three day district tournament, in which they played five games just to advance.
Carson Noble, Burley's third baseman explained, "going into those big games, you have the underdog feeling and putting up big numbers, it's insane."
After beating Malad, Burley upset the No. 1 seed out of the East, Idaho Falls, who never lost a league game. But the Green Sox shut them out, 7–0 behind the pitching of Andrew Ferrin. He said, "it was good having the lead and it gives us more confidence, easier to pitch."
The Green Sox just needed to beat Upper Valley and get to the championship, but the Cougars edged out Burley 6–4. Then The Green Sox facing elimination from here on out, had to make a choice. "We had to show what we were made of so we beat Pocatello and Canyon Ridge," exclaimed catcher Kody Condie.
The game against the Twin Falls Blackhawks, Canyon Ridge's team, lasted 14 innings... Burley won 7–6.
Condie laughed, "I was pretty happy, pretty juiced, but exhausted too." "We stopped at a gas station, got some ice and iced my knees."
An emotional ending to a 10 hour day, culminated by yet another upset of a one seed. For Easton Watterson, "my eyes got watery, hugging the coaches, it was surreal." Ferrin added, "I really like how the Canyon Ridge fans were congratulating us, wishing us luck."
Watterson said, "I was really emotional when we won that game, I have never been to state, Andrew has been for basketball, but I've never been ever. So it was really, really big."
Hillcrest will take the one seed, Upper Valley is the two seed and finally Burley represents the three seed. The Green Sox begin play on Wednesday.