Steel Lake LL drops first game at regional

Things didn’t start out too well for the state champion Steel Lake Little League Senior baseball team Tuesday night. The Federal Way 14 and 15 year olds were blown away by Summerlin North Little League in their opening game of the 2008 Western Regional Tournament in Upland, Calif.

Summerlin North, the Nevada state champions from just outside of Las Vegas, beat Steel Lake, 10-0.

The loss dropped Steel Lake into the loser’s bracket of the nine-team tournament. They took on Mt. Jumbo Little League from Missoula, Mont. in a loser-out game Thursday (after press time).

Steel Lake qualified for the regional tournament by winning the Washington State Senior Little League championship and the District 10 title.

Steel Lake beat Pacwest Little League in the state title game at Mosier Park in Burien.

The regional tournament also includes state champions from Idaho, Alaska, Hawaii, Arizona and Oregon, as well as the best teams from Southern and Northern California.

The Western Regional winner will advance to the 2008 Senior Little League World Series, which will be held Aug. 10-16 in Bangor, Maine.

The World Series will include five regional champions from the United States, as well as teams from Canada, Europe, Latin America and the Asian-Pacific.

The Steel Lake team includes Jerrod Bachman, Jeff Edd, Sean Fogelberg, Campbell Flewelling, Mason Lapping, Erik Lindenauer, Chris Nishimura, Kevin Oyer, Travis Quackenbush, Ryan Rasmussen, Brian Thomason, Jory Tysdal, Chaz Woo, Dan Zumwalt and Tyler Zumwalt. The team is coached by Brent Edd and Jon Lindenauer.

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565,

• The Bandits 14-and-under baseball team won last weekend’s Summer Knights IV tournament in Federal Way. The Bandits also won the Puyallup Select League and have played in five-straight tournament championship games. The Bandits won the Everett Cage Rage and the Moses Lake Desert Classic.

The team includes four Federal Way players in Pat Mulloy, Nick Mulloy, Mark Parrott and Christian Meister. The team finished the year with a record of 36-11.

• The SBA Buzz will be holding tryouts for their under-11 and U-14 baseball teams at 4 p.m. at Todd Beamer High School on Aug. 10. For more information, call Ty Kaufman at (253) 517-7257.

• SBI Rebels 12-and-under baseball club is holding tryouts on Aug. 9 at Service Club Field #1 in Kent at 5 p.m. and Aug. 16 at Russell Road Park #1 at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Steven Finch at (253) 217-1858 or

• The 14-under Seattle Baseball Academy Yankees are looking to add a few select players to their roster for the 2009 season. Tryouts will be held at 2 p.m. at Auburn Riverside High School on Aug. 16. For more information, contact Rod Robinson at (253) 335-2040 or Additional information is available at

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565,

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