Hoquiam to host state 14-year-old Babe Ruth Tournament


With Hoquiam one of the sites, Grays Harbor teams will open Southern Washington State Babe Ruth competition next week.

The state 14-year-old tourney opens Tuesday at Olympic Stadium. Grays Harbor district championship teams will also compete in the 15-year-old state tournament starting Monday in Pasco and the 13-year-old tourney opening Wednesday in Longview.

All tournaments will follow the “festival” format. Three days of round-robin pool play will determine seedings for the single-elimination quarterfinals and semifinals.

The top seeds in each division advance directly to the semifinals. The second and third seeds will square off in the quarterfinals, while the teams with the worst records in each pool will be eliminated.

Pool play in the 14-year-old tourney runs through Thursday. The quarterfinals and semifinals are planned for Friday, with the championship game billed for 10 a.m. July 20.

Since the District I tournament is still in progress, information on the qualifiers were unavailable at press time.

State 14-year-old pool play pairings:

Tuesday

10 a.m. — Twin Cities vs. District I champion. 1 p.m. — District I runner-up vs. District I No. 3. 4 p.m. — Thurston County vs. Kennewick. 7 p.m. — Grays Harbor vs. Richland.

Wednesday

10 a.m. — Kennewick vs. District I No. 3. 1 p.m. — Richland vs. Twin Cities. 4 p.m. — Grays Harbor vs. District I champion. 7 p.m. — District I runner-up vs. Thurston County.

Thursday

10 a.m. — Richland vs. District I champion. 1 p.m. — Kennewick vs. District I runner-up. 4 p.m. — Thurston County vs. District I No. 3. 7 p.m. — Grays Harbor vs. Twin Cities.

Other tournaments

Grays Harbor’s 15-year-olds will face the District II runner-up at 1 p.m. Monday in state competition at Pasco. The Harbor team’s other round-robin contests are scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday and 1 p.m. Thursday.

The Grays Harbor 13-year-old all-star team begins state competition Wednesday in Longview against the District II runner-up at 3 p.m. The Harborites will face host Longview at 6 p.m. Thursday and will conclude round-robin play against Mount St. Helens at 3 p.m. Friday.