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14 Wednesday; JUly 30, 1997 West Seattle Hemld/WMte Center News Bruce Savadow/staff Runners, walkers and in-line skaters took part in the 1997 Alki 8K Sunday at Alki Beach. Some of the event's proceeds will go to The People foi Puget Sound's efforts to enhance the Puget Sound. By Eric Francis HEP~LD-NEWS In the end, it was just too many games. The West Seattle Pee Wee Olympic squad battled back .through the loser's bracket in the Pee Wee Regional Tournament, but fell one run short in their fourth game of the weekend. The Olympic team finished second to Bellevue in the tournament. "We ran out of gas," West Seattle manager Steve Meehan said. "These are long days, especially for 9- and 10-year-olds. Their hearts were there. They gave it everything they had." The second place in regionals is the highest ever by a West Seattle Pee Wee team. The Olympic squad was knocked into the loser's bracket in the sec- ond round by the Mountlake Ter- race Devil Pups, a tough 9-1 defeat in which West Seattle managed only one hit, a bunt single by C.J. Cullen. Trevor Petersen ................ Kyle Montgomery quieted the pitched well in Devil Pups' bats, combining to relief, striking out strike out 11. Each pitcher struck eight batters in out the side once. three innings. ........ West Seattle bounced back for A pair of loser- the final game of the Sunday, and out wins on Satur- took an 8-0 lead in the third inning, day earned West but ran out of gas. Bellevue scored Seattle another four in the third, four in the fifth shot at the Devil and a single run in the bottom of the Pups, and they took advantage, sixth to win 9-8. Backed by a boisterous supporting Petersen homered in the final crowd that made the trek up from game. He, Fischer and Cullen each West Seattle, the Olympic squad had a pair of hits for the Olympic jumped all over four Mountlake team. Fischer also nipped a Belle- Terrace pitchers for 15 runs and a vue rally in the bud with a diving 15-5 victory. Ari Vela had two dou- catch in left field. bles, a single and an opposite field The team was composed of All- home run, his second of the tourna- Stars selected from area Pee Wee ment. teams throughout the season. Their "The biggest difference was we final record in the post season was were ready to play," Meehan said. 17-4. "We really played to our potential. I "It's been a great season," Mee- can't say enough about these kids. han said. "I want to thank each and When this team is ready, there isn't every parent for their time and sup- a team out there we can't compete port. My only regret was that I did- with." n't get to coach all of these players Petersen, Cordell Fischer and all season." By Eric Francis HERALD-NEWS The West Seattle Dodgers kept their perfect record in postseason alive, sweeping the Northwest Colt Regional Tournament in Springville, Utah, last week. or!d The Dodgers are now 10-0 after barely breaking a sweat in the three- able game tournament. They won two of the three games by building a 10-run lead after five innings. West Seattle will travel to Santa Clara, Calif. this week in the West caOe Zone Tournament, to battle for a spot in the Pony World Series. Six of the run. eight teams are from California. In all, there are 32 teams from around gl~ the world remaining. This is the second time ever a by West Seattle team has made it to this tournament. Last year's Dodger squad found the going rough, losing their first two games, including a loss to the eventual World Series champs. "We feel like we have some unfin- ished business down there," Dodgers manager Jeff Yerian said. "Last year we didn't have the right frame of mind. We've seen what kind of effort and it takes. This year we've got to weed out the distractions. We've got to eat, sleep and live baseball for those few days." " Dodgers 15' Utah 3, 5 innings The Dodgers brought out the offensive artillery in the first game, as leadoff hitter Pat Kelly belted two home runs through the thin Utah air. Kelly's first shot came in the sec- ond inning. Jerry Kha led off the thet inning with a solo shot. Cory Caple singled, and was replaced on field- er's choice by Tyler Brown, who was on first when Kelly's shot cleared the fence, giving the Dodgers a 5-0 lead. After Utah scraped across a run in their half of the second, West Seattle blew the game open in the third, gle manufacturing four runs on four sin- gles and an error for a 9-1 advantage. Kelly's second home run, a grand slam, came the next inning. Caple was the beneficiary of the offense's support, pitching all five innings. He allowed one earned run and! on two hits, walked two and struck out four. Eight West Seattle YMCA swimmers are competing this week at the National YMCA Swim Meet in Buffalo, N.Y. Four boys and four girls reach the necessary qualifying times in the senior division to earn the trip. This is the first time in four years West Seattle has sent swimmers to the national tournament. Swim- mers between the ages of 14 and 19 can qualify The swimmers are: Heather Thorslund, Christine Thorslund, Amanda Winans, Sarah Heerhartz, Bradley Peterson, Jack Chacon, Tyler Maples and Alven Kroll. "We haven't gone in the last few years," assistant coach Allison Beadle said. "Our swimmers are now getting to the point where they are mak- ing these times. We have some young swimmers who are get-. ring close." Swimmers dive into the water at the Seattle Open Kelly finished with six RBI and three runs scored in only two official plate appearances. Tomaselli added three RBI on two singles and a triple. Dodgers 10; Springville 6 Tyler Brown pitched four-and- two-thirds innings of scoreless relief, held last weekend a Swim Meet, the