Federal Way National Little League juniors fall short at regionals

The dream run by the Federal Way National Little League Junior baseball team is over. The 13- and 14-year- olds were eliminated from the 2007 Western Regional Tournament on Tuesday morning by Pearl City (Hawaii) Little League, 7-4.

The tournament was held in Beaverton, Ore. Federal Way National qualified for the Junior League Regional Tournament by winning the Washington state tournament last month.

The loss to Hawaii ended Federal Way National’s regional tournament with a 1-4 record. National’s only victory came against Billings Heights National from Montana during pool play. That win qualified Federal Way into the quarterfinal round, which included the top-eight of the 11-team tournament. National finished as the fourth-place team from Pool B, earning the match-up against Hawaii, the first-place team from Pool A, in the quarterfinals.

The Western Regional included the state champions from Idaho, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah, Arizona, Montana, Nevada, Alaska, Washington, Northern California and Southern California.

Federal Way National claimed the Washington state title July 25 with a 15-6 win over Selah LL at Brannan Park in Auburn. It was the second year in a row that Federal Way has played in the state championship game. Last year, National lost in the title game. Federal Way qualified for state after winning the District 10 Tournament.

The 2007 Federal Way National Little League Junior team includes Peter Guthrie, Cole Meyers, Zach Jacobs, Brian Moe, Mac Gridley, Richard Apigo, Jeffrey Apigo, Carson Meyers, Adam Bolf, Ali Davenport, Mitchell Bley, AJ Brandt and Brett Johnson.

The coaching staff includes manager Mike Barnhart, along with assistant coaches Paul Guthrie and Henry Apigo.

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