State Babe Ruth baseball tourneys in Whitefish, C-Falls

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Babe Ruth baseball state tournaments for 13U, 14U and 15U divisions will begin play on Thursday at Memorial Field in Whitefish and Sapa-Johnsrud Memorial Field in Columbia Falls.

State champions in each division will advance to Pacific Northwest Regional action — 13U in Meridian, Idaho, starting July 18; 14U in Calgary, Alberta, on July 22; and 15U in Kelso, Washington, on July 22. Regional winners move on to the Babe Ruth World Series — 13U is in Mountain Home, Arkansas; U14 in Glen Ellen, Virginia; U15 in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. All three World Series tournament action begins Aug. 10.

Glacier and Kalispell will have teams competing in all three state tournaments, which conclude with championship games on Sunday.

Glacier Babe Ruth is hosting state play and admission is free. Full concessions are at both fields.

Former Major League Baseball pitcher Steve Ontiveros, from Scottsdale, Arizona, will be throwing out the first pitch in Glacier’s U15 opener versus Glendive at Memorial Field in Whitefish at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Ontiveros spent 10 seasons (1985-95) in the majors with Oakland, Philadelphia and Seattle. He had a 34-31 record, 19 saves and an ERA of 3.67. He started 73 games.

He pitched in the 1995 All-Star Game and was the American League ERA leader in 1994.

15U State

All Games at Memorial Field, Whitefish

Pool A — Kalispell, Hi-Line, Belgrade, Miles City

Pool B — Glacier, Glendive, Havre

Thursday’s Schedule

8 a.m. — Kalispell vs. Belgrade

10:30 a.m. — Havre vs. Glendive

1 p.m. — Hi-Line vs. Miles City

3:30 p.m. — Kalispell vs. Hi-Line

6 p.m. — Glacier vs. Glendive.

14U State

All Games at Sapa-Johnsrud Memorial Field, Columbia Falls

Pool — Glacier, Kalispell, Hi-Line

Thursday’s Schedule

1 p.m. — Kalispell vs. Hi-Line

6 p.m. — Hi-Line vs. Glacier

Friday’s Schedule

10:30 a.m. — Glacier vs. Kalispell

13U State

Pool A — Belgrade, Glacier, Miles City

Pool B — Kalispell, Helena, Bozeman, Bitterroot

Thursday’s Schedule

At Sapa-Johnsrud Memorial Field

8 a.m. — Helena vs. Bozeman

10:30 a.m. — Belgrade vs. Miles City

3:30 p.m. — Glacier vs. Miles City

8:30 p.m. — Helena vs. Bitterrot

Memorial Field

8:30 p.m. — Kalispell vs. Bozeman

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