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FW Buzz wins state title; World Series next
By CASEY OLSON
The Federal Way Buzz 16-year-old baseball team claimed the Washington State Mickey Mantle Tournament championship Wednesday night with a 15-7 win over the Seattle Stars at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue.
Todd Beamer junior-to-be, Cole Bixenman, belted a pair of home runs and a double in the win and Decaturs Brock Gates earned the tournaments Most Valuable Hitter award.
The Buzz will be leaving Thursday for Marietta, Ga. to play in the Ultimate Division Continental Amateur Baseball Association World Series.
The World Series kicks off Saturday and runs through Aug. 7 just north of Atlanta. There are currently 34 teams registered from 13 states, as well as two from Puerto Rico. The Buzz is currently 24-4 during the summer and also won the regular season title in the Washington Mickey Mantle League. In addition, they also won the Mid Sound Kent Memorial 16-year-old Tournament over Memorial Day weekend and placed third in an 18-year-old wood bat tournament in Portland July 10 against 12 teams from the Northwest.
The team includes Todd Beamers Bixenman and Matt Hart, Decaturs Brad Carter and Gates, Federal Ways Davis Johnson, Thomas Jeffersons Michael Keller and Bellarmine Preps Beau Didier. Other players include Kyle Eads (Puyallup), Mitch Olsen (Tacoma), Troy Scott (Auburn), Cory Waugh (Bonney Lake) and Kirk Wetmore (Maple Valley). The Buzz also picked up Dustin Martin (Federal Way), Cody Goodfellow (NE Tacoma), David Macey (Seattle) and Kaylor Hasbargen (Bonney Lake) for the World Series.
The Federal Way Buzz has been together for four years and the Buzz organization has other teams ranging in age from 18-and-under to 13-and-under.
This is the second year in a row that the Buzz has traveled to the CABA World Series. Last year the team traveled to the 15-year-old Ultimate Division CABA World Series in Crystal Lake, Ill., and took 13th place out of 47 teams from 17 states, Japan and Puerto Rico.
The Federal Way American Junior Little League team dropped two straight games at the 13- and 14-year-old Junior Baseball Washington State All-Star Tournament last week. The Americans were beaten by Capital American in their opener Saturday at Lower Woodland Park, 13-6, and were knocked out of the tournament Monday by Northeast Seattle Little League, 8-6.
Federal Way American swept its way through the District 10 Tournament to qualify for state. The Americans went 5-0 at districts to win districts, including four one-run victories.
The Federal Way American roster included Blu Armstrong, Tony Davidek, Josh Drury, Winston Gatlabayan, Lucas Gritzke, Steven Huynh, Caleb Kim, Ryan Kim, Nathan Korzeniecki, Vinnie Lane, Matthew Messinger and Kevin Olsen. The team was coached by Mike Anderson.
Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, email@example.com