The Washington State Little League District 6 champions Ridgefield lost their chance at a state title this past Wednesday, July 3, after losing two games in a double-elimination tournament that started on June 29.
The tournament was held at Abrams Park in Ridgefield, which touts itself as the “Home of Ridgefield Little League.” The first pitch was thrown by Ridgefield Police Sergeant Cathy Doriot who was instrumental in bringing the softball program to Ridgefield High School. Next year, the softball girls will not be playing in Ridgefield for the state tournament. However, Ridgefield’s Abrams Park will be host to some form of little league next year.
The group of girls went on to the state tournament after becoming the District 6 champions last month. District 6 consists of teams in the north county area from Battle Ground to Ridgefield. The team of 13- to 14-year old girls started strong, winning their first two games in the tournament to head to the winner’s bracket.
Ridgefield racked up 5 runs in the first inning and ended the second inning ahead 8-6, with a smashed windshield in the parking lot evidence a home run. But by the end of the seventh, Ridgefield came up short and lost 13-9.
The loss sent them into the lower bracket with still a chance to swim back upstream and win the championship. However, the team came up short with a loss against District 9 on Wednesday, closing their chance at the championship.
Next year, some of the girls from District 6 will move on to play for Ridgefield High School’s softball team.