West Seattle bags 9-11 title
By Tim Clinton
West Seattle won its way to Woodinville with a 7-0 win over South Highline National in the District 7 age 9-11 Little League baseball all-star tournament championship game Friday.
The Westsiders open state action at the Northshore Athletic Fields in Woodinville at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 13.
"They played awesome," said West Seattle manager Matt Schlede of his players after Friday's victory. "We kept chipping away until we got them."
The game remained scoreless until the Westsiders manufactured a run in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Ryan Typpi singled, stole second, went to third on an error and scored on a fielder's choice grounder by Jack Madden.
West Seattle broke the game open with six runs in the fifth.
Leo Bronk capped off the rally by placing a two-run triple down the right field line.
Bronk followed that up by turning an unassisted double play in the top of the sixth and final inning, spearing a line drive and stepping on the bag at first to nab a runner.
National came closest to scoring in the top of the fourth when the Normandy Park team loaded the bases with nobody out.
But Typpi bore down to strike out the next two batters and got the third out on a line shot to second.
Typpi came away with a complete game five-hit shutout, striking out four.
"I threw strikes," said Typpi of the key to his success.
West Seattle's championship turned the tables on National.
"They're the team that beat us twice last year," Schlede said.
Assisting Schlede as coaches are Ed Kosnoski and Steve Alonzo.
West Seattle players are Max Cooper, Bryce Alonzo, Otis Schlede, Ryan Typpi, Lincoln Scott, Jack Madden, Arifein Wallace, Colton Kosnoski, Leo Bronk, Jack Aykens, Kainoa Goldman and Bear Law.
Kris Kelly managed the National team and coaches were Mead Fenton and Adam Keane.
Players were Nolan Enghusen, Rylan Keane, Jack Fenton, Jayce Fitzgerald, Jack Kelly, Jordan Marx, Luis Sanchez, Tony Mendez, Peter Lloyd, Ashton Almanzor, Dexter Ballast, Rion Eaton and Jayden Hoang.