Westsiders alive in tournaments
By Tim Clinton
West Seattle teams are alive in two ongoing District 7 Little League all-star tournaments this week.
The Westsiders are undefeated in the age 10-11 tournament being held at the PacWest complex in SeaTac, winning their first game by a 12-1 score over the host PacWest team that also represents Burien.
Next up was a 5-3 victory over South Highline National of Des Moines and Normandy Park, putting them into the 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 9 winner's bracket final against the Rainier District team from Seattle.
The winner goes into 6 p.m. Thursday, July 11 championship action needing to be defeated twice to be unseated. The second if-necessary game is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, July 12.
Rainier District won its opener, 15-1, over Renton and edged Seattle Central in its second contest, 1-0, to earn the right to play West Seattle in the winner's bracket final.
The tournament champion advances to state tournament play in Gig Harbor starting Sunday, July 21.
West Seattle finds itself in the loser's bracket final of the Junior age 13-14 tournament.
The team opened the tournament with a 12-1 victory over South Highline National but took a 5-3 winner's bracket final loss to host PacWest Sunday morning.
The Westsiders are set to meet Renton in the loser's bracket final at 6 p.m. Monday, July 8 with the winner playing Pac West in 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 9 championship action. West Seattle needs to win that game and a 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 10 if-necessary final to take the title and advance to state play in Spokane starting Sunday, July 21.
A team representing all of District 7 in the Intermediate (between Majors and Juniors) is undefeated so far and is awaiting the 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 9 winner's bracket final.
District 7 opened with a 14-3 victory over District 6 in its Saturday, July 6 opener at the Luke Jensen fields in Vancouver before edging District 9 by a 9-8 score Sunday, July 7.
The championship will be played at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11 with the if-necessary game starting at 7 p.m. that day.
District 7 also had a representative at the state Big League tournament in Woodinville.
The squad was topped by District 4, 3-1, Saturday, July 6 before bowing out with a 5-3 loss to District 1 on Sunday, July 7.
District 7 also has teams in the age 9-10 and age 10-11 softball tournaments that open state action Saturday, July 13.
The 10-11 tournament is taking place at Everest Park in Kirkland with District 7 opening with a 12 p.m. game against District 2 (Gig Harbor).
The age 9-10 tournament is being held at LaCenter with District 7 also opening at 12 p.m. against District 2.
District 7 is also hosting the Junior softball tournament at Valley Ridge Park next to Tyee, but has no team in the tournament.
That tournament has opening games scheduled to 10 a.m. Saturday, July 13.