Seattle team wins CABA 14U World Series

Abe Winter
Star Staff Writer

It became clear on opening day who were the best teams in the CABA U14 World Series in Miles City.

So, it wasn’t surprising when Seattle En Fuego matched up with Montana 406 Elite in the title game Monday at Connors Stadium.

En Fuego won 3-2 in what probably was the most entertaining game of the five-day event. Earlier in the tourney, En Fuego edged 406 Elite 2-1.

This game saw a 1-0 En Fuego lead turn into a 2-1 deficit in the fifth inning. But the champs came right back with two runs in the sixth.

There was more drama in the bottom of the seventh when 406 Elite had runners on first and third with one out, only to have the game end on a snappy 6-4-3 double play.

“It was cool that it didn’t end on something crazy,” said elated En Fuego coach Erik Forgiane as his players lined up for photos.

En Fuego was 5-0 and 406 Elite was 4-1 in pool play.

“The championship game was fantastic,” said Monty Frare, the coach of the Outlaws Varsity and coordinator of the tournament. He presented tall rophies to the finalists.

In Monday’s first two elimination games, the host Outlaws 14U team defeated Casper (Wyoming) Young Guns 11-3 in six innings and the Billings Crushers beat Glendive Sons of Pitches 10-5.

Then En Fuego ousted the Outlaws 11-2 in five innings and  406 Elite beat the Crushers 10-2, also in five innings.

The Outlaws, who basically tied for third with the Crushers, outhit the Young Guns 14-3 and were helped by five errors by the Wyoming team. Dylan Nieskens, Isaac Johnson, Tel Aune, Kade Mosley and Nate Gallo had two hits apiece. Aune, the winning pitcher, and Mosley had two RBIs each.

The Outlaws surrendered five runs in each of the first two innings and were outhit 11-4 by the eventual champions. Alex Galvin gave up two runs in the first inning and got the win by pitching three scoreless innings.

Jesse Brown, the Home Run Derby winner Sunday, had a triple and single, driving in three runs.

Getting the singles for the Outlaws were Johnson, Aune, Gabe Walker and Titus Mahan.

“I think it’s been a great season,” Nieskens said of the Outlaws, who finished 35-29-4. “We improved a lot from last season.”

The Outlaws 14U will play a nine-inning exhibition at 7 p.m. today against Seattle En Fuego. All proceeds go to the Montana Firemen’s Fund.

(Contact Abe Winter at or 406-234-0450.)


Monday Results

Connors Stadium — No. 4 seed Outlaws 11, Young Guns 3. No.1 seed En Fuego 11, Outlaws  2. Tedesco Field — No. 3 seed Crushers 10, Glendive 5. No. 2 seed 406 Elite 10, Crushers 2.

Connors Stadium — Championship game, En Fuego 3, 406 Elite 2.