Photo by Gerardo Bolong
Strong fielding augmented powerful hitting in a West Seattle 21-8 stoppage of District 4 Camas.

West Seattle blasts Camas

By Gerardo Bolong
CONTRIBUTING WRITER

West Seattle unloaded a strong arsenal of offense for success in its latest tourney triumph.

Ulee Hammer's grand slam homer in the bottom of the fifth finally allowed the District VII West Seattle Little League Majors ages 11-12 baseball All-Stars to subdue District IV Camas 21-8 in a 10-run mercy rule first round victory of the 2014 Washington State tournament hosted by District VII at West Seattle's Bar-S Fields on Sat., July 12.

"We're still grinding," said West Seattle manager Jason Woodward. "I saw good body language. They were cool and calm. Hitting was great."

For the first three innings, the teams exchanged scoring shots evenly.

Camas initiated proceedings with Dante Humble's solo homer on the second pitch of the game fueling a 3-run District IV visitor's introduction.

From the top of the West Seattle batting order, Henry Muench tattooed a lead off home run in the home at bat of the same inning to ignite a trio of WS runs that also featured Hammer's run-scoring double.

More ›

SLIDESHOW: Big Leaguers secure second

By Ed Shepherd
SPORTS CORRESPONDENT

REDMOND--District 7's South Highline National team made a great run but fell just shy of a championship with a 9-1 loss to District 9, the host team from Redmond, in the Big League Washington State All Stars Tournament at Redmond Ridge Park Thursday.

So, second place in the state, not too bad at all.

In fact, it's like that word, Tony The Tiger uses, 'G-r-r-r-r-reat.'
Redmond did great, too.

"They played a good ballgame," said Kathy Macri, South Highline National manager. "They did great. Brandon (Scott) pitched a great game for us. The guys did really good."

Just one of those games where the final score is not indicative of the closeness of the game as this one was a 3-1 ballgame through five innings of the seven inning game and it took until the top of the fourth for either team to score. Redmond put three on the scoreboard then. A single, steal, and an RBI double made it 1-0. Then, a fly ball that was a tough catch, in the sun, but still dropped by a fielder who was hurt on the play for a run. And, a RBI off a fielder's choice led to another Redmond run, making it 3-0 for the foe.

More ›

Pac West Juniors advance at state

By Tim Clinton
SPORTS EDITOR

VANCOUVER--The Pac West Junior Little League baseball all-star team may not have had a District 7 tournament to play in to tune up for state, but that does not seem to matter.

Pac West's team of age 13-14 players opened state action at the Cascade Little League complex in Vancouver by posting a 14-7 victory over West Plain on Saturday, then followed that up with a 13-3 win over Salmon Creek on Sunday.

Now the Burien-based team gets two days off before playing in a winner's bracket semifinal at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Pac West will play the representative of tournament host District 4.

A win there would give Pac West another day off going into the winner's bracket final scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Friday.

Championship action awaits Friday's winner -- and the loser's bracket survivor -- with the first game at 11 a.m. Sunday.

The if-necessary championship game would follow if the winner's bracket champion loses the first.

More ›