Local teams set for state Little League tournament

Central Vancouver, Salmon Creek begin play this weekend

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The local teams are now set for the Washington State Little League Baseball Tournament, which will begin Saturday at Fort Vancouver Little League.

Central Vancouver defeated Cascade 4-2 on Tuesday to win the District 4 title and a spot in the state tournament.

Central Vancouver joins the other local representative — District 6 champion Salmon Creek.

The tournament is for boys ages 11-12 and is the second step on the path to the Little League World Series.

Champions from 13 districts around the state will compete for the state’s berth in the Little League Baseball Pacific Northwest Regional in San Bernardino, Calif.

The first of the state tournament’s 25 games is at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

Central Vancouver plays at 1 p.m. Saturday. Salmon Creek plays its first game at 5 p.m. Sunday.

The format is double-elimination, meaning a team is out of the tournament if it loses two games.

The championship game will be at 1 p.m. July 30, with a second championship contest if needed at 1 p.m. July 31.

Junior Little League

Hazel Dell remained alive in the consolation bracket at the state tournament for ages 13-14 at Evans Field in Arlington.

Hazel Dell defeated South Kitsap 12-7 on Tuesday after surviving a close 8-7 contest on Monday against North Central Seattle.

In the Monday game, Holt Douglass and Aaron Berger each went 3 for 3, and Blake McKinney and Connor Belvin added two hits each.

In Tuesday’s win, Belvin had two more hits, and Jorden Asplund was 2 for 2.

Hazel Dell faces its third consecutive loser-out game on Thursday against the loser of today’s Columbia-Spokane game.

Columbia, the District 4 champion, can reach the semifinal with a win over Spokane. Today’s game starts at 6 p.m.

To report information from state tournaments, call 360-735-4484 before 10:30 p.m. or email highlights to sports@columbian.com.