The long road ahead came to a grand conclusion. The Indians, who had a rough district tournament and wound up with a 4th seed into state, fought through the Eastern bracket and wound up in the Final Four again. The Central 2B league represented as usual, with three of the final four teams being from the Central 2B league. Toledo defeated Asotin handedly to set up a rematch with Pe Ell-Willapa Valley, who defeated Toledo in the last series of the regular season to take the league title.
Toledo started off shaky, falling behind 1-0 early. Toledo did not earn a run until the bottom of the fourth inning, and did not hold their first lead until the bottom of the sixth. Toledo could not shake the work of PWV ace Red Arrington, the Central 2B league MVP. In the fourth inning, after being sat down in order during the first three innings, Kolt Korpi led the inning off with a walk. Wes Kuzminsky then executed a sacrifice bunt to move his teammate to second. Dalton Yoder hit a high fly ball to center field which allowed Korpi to tag up and advance to third.
Dakota Robins came on and quickly fell behind in the count. With two strikes on him, he laced a single up the middle to tie the game at one.
The starting pitchers for both teams were relied on heavily throughout the game, and then Toledo finally broke through in the bottom of the sixth. Wes Kuzminsky started the at bat for Toledo with a single. Dalton Yoder then dropped a perfect bunt down the third base line to move Kuzminsky into scoring position. Robins hit a sharp single into right field, and though it look as though Kuzminsky was headed for home, he was abruptly halted at third. With runners at the corners and one man out, Alex Bacon strolled to the plate and looked to give Toledo the lead. After a failed bunt and another ball fouled off, Bacon was looking at an 0-2 count. A chest high pitch was barreled by Bacon and Kuzminsky scored, giving the Tribe the 2-1 lead and all the momentum. Connor Vermilyea then singled in the next at-bat to load the bases up. Kyle Bauter came to the plate with two outs and struck the knockout blow, a two run single.
Into the top of the seventh the game went, and the final half inning of baseball looked imminent. Wes Kuzminsky struck out the first batter he saw. Then, at the worst of times, a jam. Kuzminsky gave up a single to the next batter. Kuzminsky then went full count to Johnny Woods of PWV. Woods got on first and an error to second allowed Tyler Shepard to be safe at second. A pitching change was to be made, and who better to bring on than Connor "Corndog" Vermilyea. Corndog slammed the door on PWV and forced two straight fly outs to center. The celebration was raucous. Toledo had won the state championship.
Dog piles, hugging, laughter, high-fives all around. No better feeling than to see your hard work from Little League up come to the best conclusion. A state championship is something every kid playing a sport dreams of, and only a few get to experience. For Toledo, the seniors who have led the team have seen their work accomplished. They leave behind a great group of underclassmen for next season.