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Whatcom Americans flex hitting, pitching muscles at state tourney

The Whatcom Americans 11U won the Cal Ripken North Washington State Tournament July 3 in East Wenatchee. The move on to the Pacific Northwest Regional Tournament next week in Idaho.
The Whatcom Americans 11U won the Cal Ripken North Washington State Tournament July 3 in East Wenatchee. The move on to the Pacific Northwest Regional Tournament next week in Idaho. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

The Whatcom Americans 11U baseball team won the Cal Ripken North Washington State Tournament this month and will head to the 2016 Pacific Northwest Regional Tournament in Meridian, Idaho, next week.

The Americans will enter the regional with a 28-0 record after winning the Hub De Jong Tournament title June 3-5 in Lynden, the Apple Capital Tournament June 11-12 in East Wenatchee, the Rivertown Bash June 18-19 in Snohomish, the State Prep Classic June 25-26 in Ferndale and the state tournament June 30-July 3 in East Wenatchee.

The team went 7-0 during the state tournament, outscoring opponents by a combined 105-11, posting a team batting average of .521 and a team pitching ERA of 0.64. Andrew James and Isaiah Carlson led the way offensively, each recording 15 hits, while the team used 10 pitchers in the tournament. The Americans beat Lynden 10-5 in the championship game.

The team is scheduled to arrive in Idaho for the regional on Wednesday, July 20, for the opening ceremonies, before battling top teams from Montana, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming and British Columbia for the right to move on to the Cal Ripken 11U World Series, which will begin July 29 in Aberdeen, Md.

Team members include: Landen Hatchett, Conner Walcker, Clayton O’Larey, Carlson, Cade Morris, Olin Johnson, Giovanni Contreras, Jordan Mason, Dylan Strom, Jacob Mason, James and Connor Brueske. The team is coached by Bill Hatchett, Chris Brueske, Hank Schwarz and Joel Johnson.

Whatcom Americans 11U fundraiser

What: Car wash

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 16

Where: Ferndale Shell station, Fourth Avenue and Main Street

Purpose: All money raised will go to offset the travel and lodging costs for families at the Pacific Northwest Regional Tournament.

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