Baseball Bonanza

By Jayson Jacoby, The Baker City Herald

Baker Sports Complex Hosting Regional Babe Ruth Baseball Tournament

By Jayson Jacoby

Baker City will be the epicenter for Babe Ruth baseball in the Northwest next week.

Ten teams from five states - Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming - will gather at the Baker Sports Complex for the Pacific Northwest Regional Tournament Aug. 4-10.

The winning team will advance to the Babe Ruth World Series, for ages 13-15, from Aug. 20-27 at Longview, Wash.

Baker County and Union County will each have a team in the tournament, said Carrie Folkman of Baker City, the tournament's treasurer.

Each of the eight other teams will be spending the week in Baker City.

Overall, with players, coaches, parents and siblings, the influx of visitors associated with the tournament should exceed 300, Folkman said.

The Babe Ruth regional tournament is precisely the sort of event promoters of the Sports Complex envisioned when the facility, which includes two baseball and two softball fields, was being planned about 15 years ago north of the Baker High School track.

"We have a premier facility in Oregon," Folkman said. "The goal always was to attract this kind of tournament."

See more in Wednesday's issue of the Baker City Herald.

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