Saturday, August 10, 2013


Eastlake Little League and its high-powered offense is taking the 2,670-mile trip to South Williamsport and the 2013 Little League Baseball World Series.
South Williamsport, PA - A team from Sammamish, Wash., had never made it to a Northwest Region Tournament. Now they’re heading to the 2013 Little League Baseball® World Series.

Eastlake Little League defeated Billings (Mont.) Big Sky Little League, 13-1 in four innings, to claim the Northwest Region Championship and a coveted trip to South Williamsport, Pa.

In front of a passionate crowd in San Bernardino, Calif., on Saturday, Aug. 10, Eastlake jumped out to an early six-run lead in the bottom of the first. With bases loaded and two runs already in, Austin Oh tripled to centerfield, clearing the bases. Oh finished 2 for 2, driving in 5 runs and scoring once. Washington managed to add another run in the first, and they didn’t look back.

Eastlake scored two runs in the bottom of the second, and five runs in the third. The three and four hitters, Will Armbruester and Jacob Dahlstrom, went a combined 4 for 5, with four RBI and scoring four runs for Eastlake, include Dahlstrom’s two-run home run in the third.

Sammamish pitcher, Jake Matheson kept the big bats of Big Sky at bay, only giving up four runs and two walks, while striking out seven, in the 10-run-rule shortened game. Earlier in the week, these two teams faced with a similar outcome, with Washington defeating the team from Montana, 10-4, on Monday, Aug. 5.

Throughout the Northwest Region Tournament, Washington went a perfect 6-0, knocking in 63 runs while only giving up 18. Learn more about the Northwest Region Tournament.

This will be the tenth time that a team from Washington state has advanced to the Little League Baseball World Series. The last time was in 2010 when Auburn Little League made the trip to South Williamsport.

The Northwest Region Champion will play in the first game of the U.S. Bracket, facing off against Southwest Region Champion, Universal Little League from Corpus Christi, Texas. Learn more about the Southwest Region Tournament. The game will take place at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15 on Lamade Stadium and air on ESPN and WatchESPN.

The 67th Little League Baseball World Series begins on Thursday, Aug. 15 in South Williamsport, Pa., with the Championship Game scheduled for 3 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 25. For more information on the Series and to follow the action live, visit