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By Tim Clinton
SPORTS EDITOR

Montesano managed to put an end to the West Seattle Little League season.

The Southwest Washington team scored a 7-2 victory over the Westsiders at the Hidden Valley complex in Bellevue on Wednesday.

West Seattle finished in a tie for fifth place in the state Major Little League baseball all-star tournament with the loss.

West Seattle opened the tournament with a 7-2 win over Walla Walla Valley on Sunday to earn its way into Tuesday's winner's bracket semifinals where it took a 3-0 loss to Redmond North.

The Westsiders entered the tournament as the District 7 champions.

07/28/2016

By Tim Clinton
SPORTS EDITOR

West Seattle's state title hopes took a hit with a 3-0 loss to Redmond North in a Major Little League baseball all-star winners bracket semifinal Tuesday evening.

The close loss dropped the Westsiders into the losers bracket of the state tournament beginning with a 5:30 p.m. Wednesday game against Montesano.

West Seattle must win that game, then must win again at 5:30 p.m. Thursday to reach Friday's 5:30 p.m. losers bracket final. The Westsiders would need to win Friday also, then beat whoever comes through the winners bracket undefeated two times beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday to win the state title.

West Seattle had opened the tournament played at Hidden Valley in Bellevue with a 7-2 victory over Walla Walla Valley on Sunday. It entered the tournament in the second round after receiving a first round bye.
West Seattle earned its way into the tournament as the District 7 champions.

07/26/2016

By Tim Clinton
SPORTS EDITOR

BREMERTON--PacWest found itself fighting like a fish upstream at the Big League West Regional all-star baseball tournament, but still managed to reach the semifinals before bowing out.

Southern California proved to be the biggest obstacle, beating the team by a 10-0 score in a Friday semifinal on its way to a Saturday morning championship date with Hawaii.

But PacWest survived pool play previously with a No. 5 seed despite having a 1-3 record -- with all of the losses coming against the top three pool finishers.

That put the team of 14-15 year olds playing in an age 16-18 tournament up against No. 4 seeded Arizona to open the single elimination portion of the tournament Friday morning, and PacWest prevailed in that game, 2-1.

That sent PacWest on to the semifinal meeting with Southern California.

PacWest had a rocky beginning to the tournament played entirely at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds in Bremerton.

07/26/2016
PacWest falls in West Regional semifinals

By Tim Clinton
SPORTS EDITOR

West Seattle waltzed past Walla Walla Valley by a 7-2 score to open the state Major Little League baseball all-star tournament Sunday.

The action for ages 10-12 is taking place at Hidden Valley in Bellevue, and West Seattle will return there for a 6 p.m. game Tuesday against Redmond North.

A win would advance the Westsiders to the winners bracket final scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday. The losers bracket final is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, with the provisional final at the same time Saturday to be followed immediately by any if-necessary game.

The state champion advances to Western Regional action in San Bernardino, Calif. next month.

West Seattle received a bye past Saturday's first round of the state tournament, jumping into the fray with Sunday's game.

PacWest splits at state

The PacWest age 10-11 team opened its state tournament in Clarkston on Saturday and took a 15-8 loss to Marysville, but bounced back to defeat Montesano by a 9-5 score on Sunday to stay alive in the double-elimination tournament.

07/25/2016
Sports events worth keeping an eye on

Youth swimming

Championship meets
The Seattle Summer Swim League world will be converging on Normandy Park this week.
Olympic View will host the Southern Division meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, then the crosstown Normandy Park club pool will be the site of the All-City meet featuring the top finishers from both divisions starting at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Little League

State tournaments
West Seattle is involved in the state Major Little League baseball all-star tournament this week.
After battling Redmond North at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Hidden Valley in Bellevue, the Westsiders hope to 5:30 p.m. make Thursday's winners bracket final.
The losers bracket final is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, followed by championship action starting at 10 a.m. Saturday.
PacWest is playing in the age 10-11 tournament in Clarkston, trying to take the long day-by-day route back through the losers bracket.

Semipro

Highline Bears

07/25/2016

By Tim Clinton
SPORTS EDITOR

Zachary Rohrbach had to beat the sunset and a pitch count of 90 in throwing a complete game for the Highline Bears in a 5-2 semiprofessional baseball win over the Northwest Honkers Friday.

Beating the sunset was necessary because the power was out at Mel Olson Stadium at Steve Cox Memorial Park in White Center and will be again for Saturday's game against the Seattle Studs, requiring a 5:35 p.m. start for both days.

But Rohrbach was efficient in getting the game over well ahead of time at 8 p.m., thanks in part to his inducing double plays in both the eighth and ninth inning to help nail down the win.

"What was impressive was it was like 90 pitches," said Bears manager Rich Lindros. "He was on a pitch count of 90 and he beat it by one."
Rohrbach struck out three and walked only two, mostly scattering the seven hits he allowed.

Rohrbach, who hails from White River High School in Buckley and Tacoma Community College, improved his record to 2-1.

"I just pounded the fastball and used the curve as an off speed pitch," Rohrbach said. "I'd get them a little out front and blow it by them with a fastball."

07/25/2016
Rohrbach, Bears roar by Honkers
Photo credit: 
Isabel Herbruger

Zachary Rohrbach fires off a pitch during Friday's complete game victory for the Highline Bears.

Sports events worth keeping an eye on

By Tim Clinton
SPORTS EDITOR

Youth swimming
Championship meets

The Seattle Summer Swim League world will be converging on Normandy Park this week.
Olympic View will host the Southern Division meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, then the crosstown Normandy Park club pool will be the site of the All-City meet featuring the top finishers from both divisions starting at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Little League
State tournaments

West Seattle is involved in the state Major Little League baseball all-star tournament this week.
After battling Redmond North at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Hidden Valley in Bellevue, the Westsiders hope to 5:30 p.m. make Thursday's winners bracket final.
The losers bracket final is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, followed by championship action starting at 10 a.m. Saturday.
PacWest is playing in the age 10-11 tournament in Clarkston, trying to take the long day-by-day route back through the losers bracket.

Semipro
Highline Bears

07/25/2016
Sportswatch: For the week of July 27-Aug. 2

By Tim Clinton
SPORTS EDITOR

West Seattle waltzed past Walla Walla Valley by a 7-2 score to open the state Major Little League baseball all-star tournament Sunday.

The action for ages 10-12 is taking place at Hidden Valley in Bellevue, and West Seattle will return there for a 6 p.m. game Tuesday against Redmond North.

A win would advance the Westsiders to the winners bracket final scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday. The losers bracket final is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, with the provisional final at the same time Saturday to be followed immediately by any if-necessary game.

The state champion advances to Western Regional action in San Bernardino, Calif. next month.
West Seattle received a bye past Saturday's first round of the state tournament, jumping into the fray with Sunday's game.

PacWest splits at state

The PacWest age 10-11 team opened its state tournament in Clarkston on Saturday and took a 15-8 loss to Marysville, but bounced back to defeat Montesano by a 9-5 score on Sunday to stay alive in the double-elimination tournament.

07/24/2016
Sports events worth keeping an eye on

By Tim Clinton
SPORTS EDITOR

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.

Majors
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

07/19/2016
Sportswatch  For the week of July 20-26

By Tim Clinton
SPORTS EDITOR

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.

07/18/2016
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