The Boise Hawks were hoping to win their first Northwest League title since 2004 on Monday night.
Instead, it was the Vancouver Canadians who won the championship, as they defeated the Hawks 5-0 in the third game of the best-of-three series.
Boise lost its final two games of the season after winning Game 1 in Boise last week but manager Gary Van Tol said his young players in the Chicago Cubs organization learned valuable lessons along the way.
This helps, for sure, as the guys keep climbing that ladder, he said. They're not going to forget about it. You cant draw this experience up anywhere else.
Vancouver won its third consecutive Northwest League championship. The Canadians are the first team to win three straight NWL championships since Boise won three from 1993 to 1995.
The Hawks, who have won six championships of their own, were eliminated by the Canadians last season, too.
Mondays game started as a pitchers duel between Boises Michael Wagner and Vancouvers Tom Robson. Vancouvers L.B. Dantzler broke a scoreless tie with a two-run double in the third inning.
Robson, one of the top prospects in the Toronto Blue Jays system, went six-plus innings without allowing an earned run.
The Canadians added three runs off Zack Godley in the bottom of the eighth.
The Hawks managed just four hits Monday, while Vancouver belted out eight.
The Hawks also struggled in the field with five errors.
Boise was short-handed for the final two games of the series, as several Hawks players were not able to travel to Canada because of visa and passport issues.
Win or lose, the players competed, Van Tol said. All the work that theyve done, Im extremely proud of what they accomplished representing the organization. Its been a great ride.
Vancouver won the game in front of a home crowd of 5,157.
There was a lot of energy in the place, Van Tol said. It was sold out and electric.