Suzanne Tennant

West Seattle Baseball youth leagues fire up

By Tim Clinton

With the arrival of April came the opening of the West Seattle Baseball programs' regular season games, with everything leading up to tournaments this summer.

West Seattle Baseball is different from the West Seattle Little League program, featuring the age 13-14 and under Pony League along with other horse-related age group names -- Mustang, Shetland, Pinto and Bronco. Each level has its own league.

The West Seattle Baseball teams can draw players from anywhere, but mostly centers around the West Seattle, White Center and Burien areas. Vashon Island sends teams over as well.

Some games are played on the island, while most of the games against West Seattle teams take place by the ferry dock at Lincoln Park.

Most of the West Seattle Baseball games are played at the Pee Wee four field complex in West Seattle. Other locations include nearby Riverview Park as well as the field at Delridge Southwest.

West Seattle will host outside teams in four major tournaments this summer.

The 2013 Bronco Big Show for ages 11 and under and 12 and under will be held July 5-7, with the 10-and-under Mustang group tournament taking place the same days. The Junior Mustang Shoot-Out for ages 9 and under will be held June 21-23 with the 8 and under Hardball Classic scheduled for June 14-16.

As for postseason playoffs, the Mustang teams open May 28 and the age 7-8 Pinto teams open May 29. Pinto and Mustang championship day is June 8.

Other tournaments will be announced.

Shetland is for ages 5-6 and under.

For more information on West Seattle Baseball, see the organization's website at http://www.westseattlebaseball.com/

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