Youth ball roundup: Hazel Dell Metro 13s reach state semifinals



The Hazel Dell Metro 13-year-old Babe Ruth baseball team has advanced to the semifinals of the Southern Washington state tournament at Roy Morse Park in Longview.

Hazel Dell Metro defeated Kelso 12-8 on Friday in the final pool play game to earn the top seed in its pool and a spot in the semifinals.

Hazel Dell Metro will play the winner of Grays Harbor and Twin Cities at 3 p.m. Saturday in the single-elimination bracket.

The championship game is 10 a.m. Saturday. The champion earns a berth to regionals in Centralia beginning July 29.

14-year-old Babe Ruth — KWRL was eliminated from the Southern Washington state tournament in Hoquiam on Friday.

The team of players from Kalama, Woodland, Ridgefield and La Center lost to Grays Harbor 3-2 in the semifinals of the eight-team tournament. KWRL had gone 3-0 in pool play, but had not faced Grays Harbor.

Major (11-12) baseball — Queen Anne will face Eastlake at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Luke Jensen Park in Vancouver for a spot in the state final on Sunday against Federal Way.

The tournament champion advances to the Little League Northwest Regional at San Bernardino, Calif., to try and qualify for the Little League World Series.

Junior (13-14) baseball — District 4 champion Central Vancouver and District 6 champ Lewis River begin play Saturday at the state tournament at Medical Lake High School in eastern Washington.

The 11-team double-elimination tournament runs through July 26.

Senior (15-16) baseball — Columbia won the state title on Thursday, beating Hazel Dell 11-2 at Cascade Little League.

Columbia advances to the Senior League Baseball Western Regional Tournament in Ontario, Calif., beginning July 31.

9-10 softball — Gig Harbor defeated Soundview 6-3 to earn a spot in the championship game of the state tournament at La Center Community Park.

Gig Harbor will play unbeaten South Snohomish at 10 a.m. Saturday. If Gig Harbor wins that game, a second game will be played at 1 p.m. to decide the state title.