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By Tim Clinton
SPORTS EDITOR

VANCOUVER--It took two tries to do it, but the District 7 Junior Little League team under the name of Pac West captured first place in the Washington state all-star baseball age 13-14 tournament Sunday.
After coming in as the undefeated winner's bracket champion with a 6-4 win over West Valley on Friday, the District 7 team was knocked off by Stilly Valley coming out of the loser's bracket by a 9-6 score Sunday morning.

But the squad of area all-stars based in Burien bounced back to beat Stilly Valley, 11-6, in the second game Sunday afternoon to win the state championship and earn a trip to the upcoming Western Regional tournament in Vancouver.

That will be a familiar place for the District 7 team as the state tournament was played at the Cascade Little League complex in Vancouver.
Western Regional action will be played under a round robin format instead of being double-elimination, meaning the times and opponents are set for the first four games.
As the Washington champions, District 7 will open against the Southern California champions at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 29.

07/21/2014

By Gerardo Bolong
CONTRIBUTING WRITER

West Seattle's wonderful adventures at the well-run 2014 Washington State Little League Majors ages 11-12 All-Star baseball tournament at the Bar-S Fields finally ended after a long run through the loser-out bracket in a 14-4 loss to Pacific on Thurs., July 16.

"This just wasn't our night," manager Jason Woodward told his players. "We had some good bounces to get here and fourth place is special. We played 21 games and were together for one month and four days. Some of the players from the other areas play a lot more tournaments before getting to this. I hope you enjoyed this. This is an amazing group with amazing families."

After further reminders such as competing at a higher level of play, Woodward told the press about his strategy for getting such a long run through the loser-out bracket.

"We have so many interchangeable parts," Woodward explained. "All except four players pitched. We needed to play good defense to keep the pitch counts down."

07/21/2014
West Seattle finishes fourth
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Photo by Gerardo Bolong

District 7 Little League administrator Will Stedman congratulates West Seattle on its play at state.

Moshier Field in Burien will be the site of this year's Pro Baseball Camp from Aug. 4-7.

The camp will be under the direction of former professional baseball player and Atlanta Braves scout Steve Goucher and staff, with instruction in throwing, hitting and fielding.

It will also include game situations and scrimmaging. It is well suited for players from aspiring to elite.

The cost of the camp for ages 8-13 is $135, with action running from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. each day.

For more information or to register, call the Burien Community Center at (206) 988-3700 or visit www.burienparks.net.

07/21/2014

By Gerardo Bolong
CONTRIBUTING WRITER

West Seattle's wonderful adventures at the well-run 2014 Washington State Little League Majors ages 11-12 All-Star baseball tournament at the Bar-S Fields finally ended after a long run through the loser-out bracket in a 14-4 loss to Pacific on Thurs., July 16.

"This just wasn't our night," manager Jason Woodward told his players. "We had some good bounces to get here and fourth place is special. We played 21 games and were together for one month and four days. Some of the players from the other areas play a lot more tournaments before getting to this. I hope you enjoyed this. This is an amazing group with amazing families."

After further reminders such as competing at a higher level of play, Woodward told the press about his strategy for getting such a long run through the loser-out bracket.

"We have so many interchangeable parts," Woodward explained. "All except four players pitched. We needed to play good defense to keep the pitch counts down."

07/19/2014

By Gerardo Bolong
CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Late inning hitting and pitching heroics hoisted District 7 West Seattle to a comeback 5-3 loser-out triumph against District 13 Spokane South on Wed., July 15 at the 2014 Little League Majors ages 11-12 state All-Star baseball tournament hosted by District 7 and held at the Bar-S Playfields near Alki.

The never-quit Westsiders trailed 3-1 after four complete innings before staging their second dramatic comeback in two nights of action.

Igniting the West Seattle charge was Ulee Hammer who walked with one out. Kenji Suzuki and Henry Muench followed with back to back singles to load the bases. One strike out later, Max Debiec singled to right center field to plate two runs. On the outfielder's overthrow to the catcher at home, an alert Muench dashed home to send West Seattle ahead at 4-3.

Diebec walked to send home one more run in the sixth inning.

"It felt good to help the team," he said.

07/18/2014
Spokane South LL falls to West Seattle Majors
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Gerardo Bolong

Pre-game prep helped the West Seattle Majors defeat Spokane in tournament play.

By Gerardo Bolong
CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Playing through until the end of the game has been the West Seattle theme through district and state tournament play.

With the odds stacked against them, the District 7 champions kept dealing out the cards and came back from two deficits to continue their crusade for the state championship.

Jarek Woodward's 3-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning tied the game at 5-5 before Konrad Gerhardt's ground ball produced the winning run in a 6-5 Westsiders win against District 9 Eastlake at the 2014 Washington State Little League Majors ages 11-12 All-Star baseball tournament hosted by District 7 at the Bar-S Playfields in the 75th year of United States Little League baseball.

Woodward made amends for giving up the go ahead 3-run home run to Eastlake in the top of the frame.

"It hit the end of the bat, so it didn't sound solid, but I knew it was going out," he said. "It was electrical energy. I wanted to make up for giving up the homer."

In Gerhardt's case, he didn't see the conclusion of the play on his ground ball.

07/18/2014
Woodward home run keys West Seattle comeback
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Photo by Gerardo Bolong

Missed cuts like this occurred often in the first five innings for West Seattle against Eastlake.

By Gerardo Bolong
CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Late inning hitting and pitching heroics hoisted District 7 West Seattle to a comeback 5-3 loser-out triumph against District 13 Spokane South on Wed., July 15 at the 2014 Little League Majors ages 11-12 state All-Star baseball tournament hosted by District 7 and held at the Bar-S Playfields near Alki.

The never-quit Westsiders trailed 3-1 after four complete innings before staging their second dramatic comeback in two nights of action.

Igniting the West Seattle charge was Ulee Hammer who walked with one out. Kenji Suzuki and Henry Muench followed with back to back singles to load the bases. One strike out later, Max Debiec singled to right center field to plate two runs. On the outfielder's overthrow to the catcher at home, an alert Muench dashed home to send West Seattle ahead at 4-3.
Diebec walked to send home one more run in the sixth inning.

"It felt good to help the team," he said.

07/18/2014
Spokane South LL falls to West Seattle Majors
Photo credit: 
Photo by Gerardo Bolong

West Seattle celebrates while awaiting pin presentations to Spokane South.

By Tim Clinton
SPORTS EDITOR

The District 7 all-star team under the name of Pac West has continued to plaster its opponents at the state Juniors age 13-14 Little League tournament.

Pac West blanked tournament host Vancouver by a 13-0 score Wednesday, advancing to play West Valley in the winner's bracket final at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

A win there would advance the team into Sunday's 11 a.m. championship action, while a loss would drop it into the loser's bracket final at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Pac West had opened with a 14-7 win over West Plain on Saturday before defeating Salmon Creek by a 13-3 score Sunday.

The tournament is taking place at the Cascade Little League complex in Vancouver.

07/17/2014

By Ed Shepherd
SPORTS CORRESPONDENT

Swimmers ahoy!

Normandy Park Swim Club swimmers flung and flinged themselves into the water and, all-in-all, jumped in following their 399-339 dual meet victory over Gregory Seahurst in Seattle Summer Swim League action at the Normandy Park Pool Tuesday.

And the NPSC coaches?

Well, they went in, too -- but they didn't jump in the water themselves.
"It's a tradition," said Sean Piper, soaking wet, climbing out of the pool in street shorts along with co-coach Brenagh Sanford who, fortunately for her, was wearing a bathing suit at the time the kids forced her in the water.

"We love our kids," said Sanford, grinning, towel-drying the water out of her long hair on the deck.

Gregory Seahurst gave it a good go, too, making this a close meet through the first 24 events, trailing, 116-115, before Normandy Park, slowly and surely, stretched this one out to the final 60-point margin of victory.

"They definitely have improved and came to swim and made it a really fun meet," said Piper, whose NPSC team stands at 4-1 in the SSSL, having only lost to Kent this season.

07/17/2014
Normandy Park splashes past Seahurst
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Photos by Ed Shepherd

Normandy Park swimmers - Addison Bowker, Faith Felner, Abby Bork, Sarah Jenner, Grace Felner, and, swim friend, Dominique Pangellinan.

By Tim Clinton
SPORTS EDITOR

The District 7 all-star team under the name of Pac West has continued to plaster its opponents at the state Juniors age 13-14 Little League tournament.

Pac West blanked tournament host Vancouver by a 13-0 score Wednesday, advancing to play West Valley in the winner's bracket final at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

A win there would advance the team into Sunday's 11 a.m. championship action, while a loss would drop it into the loser's bracket final at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Pac West had opened with a 14-7 win over West Plain on Saturday before defeating Salmon Creek by a 13-3 score Sunday.

The tournament is taking place at the Cascade Little League complex in Vancouver.

07/17/2014
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