The Whatcom Americans 11U baseball team wasn’t the only squad in the organization to win a state title this summer.
The Whatcom Americans 12U team matched the feat, winning the 2016 North Washington Cal Ripken 12U 60-foot State Tournament held June 30 through July 3 in Ellensburg.
Like the younger squad, the 12U team moves on to the Pacific Northwest Regional Tournament, which will begin Thursday, July 21, in West Linn, Ore. They will face the top teams from Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming and British Columbia for the right to advance to the Cal Ripken 12U World Series next month in Ocala, Florida.
The Whatcom Americans 12U won all seven games in the tournament by a combined score of 96-18. They shut out two opponents, scored 15 or more runs three times and combined for 21 home runs. Ryan Pelton and Sam Stealy combined for 10 of those.
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The Americans beat top-seeded Wenatchee 14-3 in five innings in the July 3 championship game. Pelton pitched three strong innings, striking out six, before Aiden Peterson came on to strike out five of the six batters he faced to pick up the save. Whatcom led 7-3 entering the bottom of the fifth and got homers from Connor Anderson, Kolton Wagoner, Stealy and pinch-hitter Calvin Ketteridge, whose two-run blast ended the game.
Pelton, who has a batting average above .700 during the postseason, was selected tournament MVP. Emmanuel DePalma, Stealy and Bryce Johnson also have postseason batting averages better than .500.
Team members include: Peterson, Brad Whitman, Bryce Johnson, Ketteridge, Carson Neff, Anderson, Emmanuel DePalma, Wagoner, Pelton, Stealy, Thomas Broselle and Will Corcoran. The team is coached by Andy Pelton, Ryan Neff and Shannon Corcoran.