Patrick Robinson
Congratulations all around were in order after the West Seattle majors 10-12 Little League team crushed Renton 20 -3 on July 8 at Bar-S Field in West Seattle.

SLIDESHOW: West Seattle wins Majors championship

By Tim Clinton

Bellevue beckons the West Seattle Major age 10-12 Little League baseball all-star team after it routed Renton by a 20-3 score in the District 7 championship Friday.

The Westsiders will journey to the Eastside city for the state tournament at the Hidden Valley complex, jumping into the fray on the second day of action with a 12 p.m. game Sunday, July 24.

"I think we could do fairly well at state," said West Seattle manager Corey Helmstetler. "I'm excited. I feel great. We're representing District 7 at state for the third year in a row."

Basically the same crew has now won the District 7 title in their respective age groups the past three years.
"It's the same players except for three new ones," said Helmstetler.

The West Seattle charter has also won the past three years at the Majors level, taking second two years ago as the current group finished fourth at age 9-10.

"This year we'll see what happens," said Helmstetler.

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Sportswatch: For the week of July 6-12

By Tim Clinton

Little League
All-Star Tournaments
Major Little League all-star baseball District 7 tournament action is being held at the Bar-S complex in West Seattle this week.

West Seattle was set to play Renton in the winner's bracket final at 6 p.m. Tuesday, with the winner advancing to Friday's 6 p.m. provisional championship needing to be defeated twice to miss state.

The loser falls into the losers bracket final at 6 p.m. Thursday and plays the winner of Wednesday's 6 p.m. game between Seattle Central and Rainier District. Thursday's winner goes to Friday's championship play.
If the undefeated team loses Friday, the if-necessary game takes place at 10 a.m. Saturday.
The South Highline National Intermediate team will host state tournament action at the Underwood complex this weekend and plays its first game at 11 a.m. Sunday. The winner plays again at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and the loser plays at 5:30 p.m. Monday.

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Keeping track: Where area stars meet their future

By Tim Clinton

Kela working on a comeback

Chief Sealth graduate Keone Kela is working to return to action in the Texas Rangers' bullpen following elbow surgery in April.
Kela threw a bullpen session June 24 and was scheduled for a simulated game this week in hopes of getting back into live action later this month.

Brett still on Bulls' disabled list

Highline graduate Ryan Brett has been on the disabled list for the Durham Bulls of the Tampa Bay Rays organization all season. Brett, who saw some action with the Rays and Bulls last year, plays second base.

Barnette now 5-3 for Rangers

Thomas Jefferson graduate Tony Barnette now has a 5-3 record throwing out of the bullpen for the Texas Rangers.
Barnette has a 2.91 earned run average over 34 innings of work in 31 games, racking up 26 strikeouts and walking 10.

Conger hitting .202 for Rays

Federal Way native Hank Conger is now hitting .202 (21-for-104) as a catcher for the Tampa Bay Rays with five doubles, three home runs, 10 RBI and six runs scored.

Ishikawa has six home runs

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