Bellingham defeated Easmont, 4-1, to capture the 11U North Washington state championship Sunday in Ferndale.
Bellingham was led by starting pitcher Trent Miller who threw 18 innings in the tournament and allowed only two earned runs. Bellingham advances to the Cal Ripken 11U Regional Tournament in Meridian, Idaho.
Host Ferndale finished the tournament 3-2 and was eliminated by eventual champion Bellingham, 7-2, on Saturday. Ferndale out-hit Bellingham but Bellingham made some amazing defensive plays, including diving catch in right field that saved three runs.
Ferndale’s other loss came against second-place Eastmont.
The championship game concluded an amazing four days in Ferndale. KPUG spoke with Ferndale coach Hank Schwarz and he said they have received nothing but positive feedback from visiting teams and families.
Schwarz was also optimistic about Ferndale’s chance to host another state tournament and hopefully a regional tournament in the coming years.
He thanked John Sandstrom, the volunteers, sponsors and everyone else who helped make the tournament a success.
(KPUG Newsroom – Tysen Allumbaugh)