Keeping Track for 7-15

Where area stars meet their future

Kela activated from 60-day DL

Chief Sealth graduate Keone Kela rejoined the bullpen for the Texas Rangers on Friday as they returned to action after the All-Star break, being activated from the team's 60-day disabled list.
Kela had brief rehabilitation stints with Round Rock (July 4) and Frisco (July 7) of the Rangers' minor league system on his road to recovery from elbow surgery in April.

Barnette still standing out

Thomas Jefferson graduate Tony Barnette is still enjoying a solid season, also as a member of the Texas Rangers' bullpen.
Barnette has a 6-3 record with a 2.36 earned run average in 42 innings of work over 36 games. Barnette has recorded 31 strikeouts and walked 12 batters.
Barnette is in his first Major League Baseball season after spending the past six years in Japan.

Ishikawa now a Rivercat

Federal Way graduate Travis Ishikawa is back in the San Francisco Giants organization as a member of the Sacramento Rivercats.
Ishikawa re-signed with the Giants after being released from Charlotte of the Chicago White Sox organization.

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PacWest plays up and still takes state title

By Tim Clinton

SHORELINE--PacWest's Senior Little League baseball all-star team prevailed in capturing a state championship despite playing up an age group at the Big League level.

The contingent from Burien and SeaTac finished an undefeated tournament with a 5-1 victory over District 1 at Shorewood High School in Shoreline on Thursday.

PacWest also went undefeated at the Seniors age 14-15 level during the regular season, then played age 16-18 baseball in the Big League tournament and went 4-0.

It automatically qualified for state as the only Seniors team out of District 7 and opted up.

After opening with a 13-4 win over District 1 on Sunday, July 10 the PacWest team blasted District 8 by a 14-0 score the next day and then defeated District 9 in the winner's bracket final Tuesday.

That sent the squad straight to Thursday's provisional championship needing to be defeated twice by the squad coming out of Wednesday's loser's bracket final, which happened to be District 1.

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Sportswatch for the week of July 20-26

By Tim Clinton

Little League

Big League
The PacWest Senior Little League baseball all-star team that is playing up at the Big League level is involved in Western Regional action at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds in Bremerton this week.
Pool play continues Wednesday, with PacWest playing the champions from Southern California at 9 a.m.

PacWest then plays Nevada at 12 p.m. Thursday.
Single-elimination action for high pool finishers starts Friday and concludes with the championship Saturday.
The regional champion goes on to the Big League World Series in South Carolina.

The West Seattle Majors age 10-12 Little League baseball all-star team opens state tournament play Sunday at the Hidden Valley complex in Bellevue.
West Seattle meets the winner of the previous day's opener between District 11 and District 5 at 12 p.m., with the winner playing again at 6 p.m. Wednesday and the loser playing at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Age 10-11

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