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Seattle-Cheney edges Alaska to capture 2017 GFIB Crown

The 2017 Grand Forks International Baseball Tournament was another success for fans and organizers. — Photo courtesy Grand Forks International Baseball Tournament

The Seattle-Cheney Studs scored the winning run in the bottom of the 10th to walk off the Alaska Goldpanners 3-2 in the final of the 2017 Grand Forks International Baseball Tournament Sunday under sunny skies at James Donaldson Stadium.

The victory earned the Studs the grand prize in the money baseball tournament while the Goldpanners took home second place cash.

Seattle-Cheney, which advanced to the final with a thrilling 6-5 victory over Everett, tied the game with a single run in the eighth before securing the top prize in the extra innings.

Ben Ruff earned the win in relief, going 4-1/3 innings, while Nick Flesher took the loss for Alaska.

Flesher was one of four pitchers used by the Goldpanners.

Seattle-Cheney advanced to the playoff round with a 3-0 record to capture Division 1.

Seattle-Cheney then shutout Kitsap Blue Jackets 6-0 in quarterfinal play.

Alaska defeated Burnaby Bulldogs 10-5 and North Sound Emeralds 3-0 to advance to the final against Seattle-Cheney.