Local stars getting ready for Senior Babe Ruth World Series
The 10-team event will start Saturday up in Washington
EPHRATA, Wash. - A group of Beaverton-area high school baseball stars will get to take on some of the best teams and players from around the country.
And they get a chance to vie for a World Series title at the same time.
Aloha, Westview and Sunset high schools are all are represented on the Portland Baseball Club ages 18U Babe Ruth team that earned a spot in the Senior Babe Ruth World Series.
The World Series will start on Saturday and continue through Aug. 13 at Johnson-O'Brien Stadium in Ephrata, Wash.
Playing for the Portland Baseball Club team are 2011 Aloha graduate Spencer Maxey, 2011 Westview High grads Phil Belding and Tyler Kotchik, 2010 Westview grad Tanner Scott and 2011 Sunset grad Jon Bjorklund (though Bjorklund is injured and will not play).
The Portland Baseball Club squad will go to the World Series as the Pacific Northwest regional champion.
The Portland team earned that title by scoring a 4-1 win over Wilder Baseball in the regional championship game played July 24 in Port Angeles, Wash.
PBC takes an overall record of 38-10 into the World Series. For the summer, Scott is batting .448 with 12 doubles, two homers and 19 RBIs, Kotchik is hitting .333, Maxey is batting .331 with 41 hits, 36 runs, seven doubles and 27 RBIs, and Belding is hitting .305 with 25 hits, 22 runs scored and 22 RBIs.
Portland will open series play Saturday when it faces Noblesville, Ind., the Ohio Valley regional champion, in a National Division pool play game set to start at 2 p.m.
On Sunday, Portland will face Cape Cod, Mass., the New England regional champion, in an 11 a.m. pool play contest. On Monday, Portland will play Eagle Pass, Texas, the Southwest regional champ, in a pool play game starting at 2 p.m.
On Tuesday, Portland will end pool play as it takes on Northern Washington state champion Puget Sound in a game starting at 5 p.m.
Single-elimination bracket play starts next Thursday. The World Series championship game is set to start at 4 p.m. on Aug. 13.