Columbia L.L. has shot at regional semifinals



With a win on Monday, the Columbia Little League all-stars could wind up in the semifinals of the Junior League Baseball Western Regionals.

The host team for the tournament at Propstra Stadium plays North Boise at 7 p.m. in the last of the 20 pool-play games. This tournament is for ages 13-14.

A Monday win for Columbia would improve it to 3-1, tied for at least second place in Pool 1.

The semifinal games will be played on Tuesday and the championship game on Wednesday. The champion advances to the Junior League World Series in Taylor, Mich.

Southern California champion Manhattan Beach is the only unbeaten team in the tournament, with a 3-0 record heading into a 4 p.m. game today against Carson City, Nev. (1-2). Oregon champion Murrayhill of Beaverton, Ore., has finished pool play at 3-1 thanks to a 2-1 win over Montana on Sunday.

Also on Sunday, Arizona beat Hawaii 5-4 and Washington beat Alaska 8-6.

Washington and Hawaii have clinched semifinal spots.

Columbia and Murrayhill do not play each other.

A tie would go to the team that allowed fewer runs per inning played.

Since losing to Manhattan Beach, Columbia has beaten Carson City 16-4 and Missoula, Mont., 7-1. Against Carson City, Columbia’s Riley Ellison pitched six no-hit innings. Trevor Murphy homered for Columbia against Montana.