By Tim Clinton
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.