Valley baseball players taking on top national talent in major California tournament

A local youth baseball team with several Valley players is taking on some of the top teams around the country this week in San Diego. Already, it appears they are having some success.

The O’Brien U-16 Autogroup team, with MSHS players Connor Swift, Griffin McLain and Carson Breshears, along with Fall City’s Gunnar Buhner, who plays for Eastside Catholic, is 2-1 after three games over the weekend in the U.S. Amateur Baseball Federation’s World Series, being held at a number of locations around San Diego.

O’Brien opened play last Saturday with two wins. First, they blasted the South Bay Rockies of suburban Los Angeles 10-0 in five innings in a game shortened due to the ten-run rule. Swift fired a one-hitter and struck out 10. Breshears went 1-3 with an RBI, and Buhner went 1-2, scoring a run. McLain added a run as well despite going 0-1 at the plate.

O’Brien then posted a hard-fought 5-4 win over a team from Murrieta, CA. Buhner led the Valley contingent, going 2-4 with a run and RBI. Breshears, who has had a hot bat all season, went 1-4; his average is around .400. Swift went 1-1 with a run scored.

Yesterday, O’B took a tough one on the chin, falling 4-3 to Kali Baseball Black out of San Jose. McLain went 2-3 with an RBI to lead the Valley contingent. Buhner went 0-3 at the plate, as O’Brien could not get past three errors. Breshears went 1-3 and Swift also had a hit to aid the efforts.

O’Brien this morning has a game scheduled in the tournament, then has one more tomorrow. We’ll keep you updated on all the activiites down south for you here at SVSJ.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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