Sportswatch 6-19-17: Sports events worth keeping an eye on

By Tim Clinton

Little League
District 7

The age 8-10 baseball tournament kicks off the all-star season for District 7 Little League this week.
Action begins Saturday at the two Bar-S fields above Alki Point in West Seattle.
Seattle Central plays PacWest on field No. 1 at 10 a.m. as South Highline American and South Highline National do battle on No. 2.
Renton meets Southwest of White Center on No. 1 at 1 p.m. as Rainier plays West Seattle on No. 2.
The winners all play at 1 p.m. Sunday, with the winners of those two games playing in the winner's bracket final at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The winner of Tuesday's game goes straight to the 6 p.m. Friday, June 30 championship.
Saturday's losers, meanwhile, meet at 10 a.m. Sunday with the winners playing the 1 p.m. losers at 6 p.m. Monday.
Monday's winners meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday and the winner of that game plays the winner's bracket final loser in the loser's bracket final at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 29. Thursday's winner goes to the championship and must beat the other team twice to advance to state.

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Highline Bears take it on the chin from Everett Merchants in 11-3 loss

By Tim Clinton

Highline's Bears took an 11-3 loss to the Everett Merchants in Pacific International League semiprofessional baseball action Friday.

The home loss at Mel Olson Stadium at Steve Cox Memorial Park in White Center dropped the Bears' early season record to 1-3. They were coming off a 9-6 loss to the Northwest Honkers in a road game last Sunday, after splitting their first two games at home.

Everett took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first Friday, but the Bears jumped into the lead at 2-1 with two runs in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single by Marco Calderon and an RBI sacrifice fly by Alex Sisley.
The lead was short lived, however, and Everett rallied for four runs in the top of the fourth to make it a 7-2 game at that time.

Highline got one of the runs back in the bottom of the inning to make it 7-3.

Cole Chambers legged out a triple to lead off the rally and stole home for the run.
But Everett held the Bears scoreless from there.

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Lindsay Peyton
West Seattle Bowl owner Mike Gubsch said is keeping the late Jack Fasso’s vision alive. Fasso established the bowling alley in 1948 and Gubsch purchased it in 1993. Both men were recently inducted into the Greater Seattle U. S. Bowling Congress Hall of Fame.

West Seattle Bowl – last pin standing

By Lindsay Peyton

West Seattle is home to the last bastion of traditional bowling within city limits.

For lovers of the game, the constant crash of pins emanating from West Seattle Bowl is a comforting soundtrack, a heartbeat confirming that their favorite sport is alive and well.

There aren’t many places left to go for tournaments, to join a league or simply pick up a game.

“The supply is low, and there’s a high demand,” West Seattle Bowl owner Mike Gubsch said. “We need more lanes, if anything.”

As a result, his spot is always busy. There’s a junior and senior program, and the groundwork is being laid for middle school and high school programs to start in the fall. The bowling alley is also a popular spot for events, parties and corporate team-building functions.

Most importantly, for Gubsch, the goal is to keep the long-standing business running. “We want to keep it going,” he said. “We don’t want bowling to go away.”

Gubsch also wants to keep the vision alive of the original owner, the late Jack Fasso. Both men were recently inducted into the Greater Seattle U. S. Bowling Congress Hall of Fame.

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