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Thunderbird Little League All-Stars win state championship
Thunderbird Little League is home to the state champions of the 9/10 year old baseball, after the All-Stars from Bellevue won the state tournament title 6-5 over Walla Walla Valley in Richland.
The Thunderbird squad, which captured the District 9 tournament to advance to state, won its first three games at Badger Mountain Park in Richland to reach the semifinals.
A 6-2 win over the District 4 representatives got things started, before T-Bird came back to beat District 12 in a 19-8 win the following day. A 9-6 win over Mill Creek's District 1 champs sent them to the first of three games against District 5 winner Walla Walla, and ended in their only loss of the tournament 9-4.
But a 14-4 victory over Mill Creek earned Thunderbird a rematch, and an 8-3 win evened the teams with one loss each before the Bellevue team brought home the state title trophy in the winner-take-all final July 20.
The 9 and 10 year old Bellevue Thunderbird Little League All-Stars: (Manager) Alan Wittman, (Coach) Tom Lobo, (Coach) Jay Terry, Dallas Daley, Jaz Fong, Grant Gardner, Aldon Lobo, Kobey Maltos, Anthony Ng, Kenji Price, Jackson Slater, Braeden Terry, Chandler Tuupo, Arjun Venkat, Blake Wittman and Cole Zilmer.