Southern California, Hawaii are finalists at Junior League regional

Washington team to meet Oregon in third-place game

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Champions from Southern California and Hawaii will square off for a regional baseball title on Wednesday at Propstra Stadium in Vancouver.

Manhattan Beach Little League and Central East Maui Little League won semifinal games on Tuesday to advance to the championship game of the Junior League Baseball Western Regional for players ages 13-14.

The game is scheduled for 6 p.m. The regional champion advances to play in the Junior League World Series at Taylor, Mich.

Manhattan Beach and Maui were the two first-place teams in pool play, which wrapped up on Monday.

The Southern California entry beat Washington champion Upper Valley Little League of Naches in the semifinals.

The Hawaii representatives defeated Oregon champion Murrayhill Little League of Beaverton.

Upper Valley and Murrayhill were the No. 2 teams out of their pools. They will play for third place at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Southern California 10, Washington 4 -- Jackson Michalski scored three runs and knocked in two, helping Manhattan Beach top Upper Valley of Naches in Tuesday's first semifinal game.

A four-run sixth inning gave a solid lead to Manhattan Beach, turning a 5-3 game into a 9-3 advantage. Michalski hit a two-run triple in the inning, which featured three of the 11 Manhattan Beach hits.

For the Washington champions, Zach Dremann had three hits and Chase Wells and Kellen Stoffer had two hits apiece.

Hawaii 12, Oregon 1 -- The team from Maui needed only five innings to secure its spot in the championship game. Colby Tam went 3 for 3 with a triple, and Shad Santos went 3 for 4 with a double and three RBI for a Maui team that had 16 hits over its four turns at bat.

The game was tied at 1-1 until Maui scored six runs in the bottom of the fourth.

Maui added five more runs in the bottom of the fourth, and the game ended because of the 10-run margin after Murrayhill batted in the top of the fifth.

Bryce Roesch had two hits including a double, and Jacob Calo tripled for the Beaverton team.