The 15-year-old Babe Ruth baseball team from Union County, which unofficially won the state championship last weekend in Baker City, won it for real Monday.
Representing Northern Oregon, Union County thumped the Southern Oregon champions July 30 at the Regional Championships held in Kelso, Wash.
The final score of the game was 6-1, with the boys from Union County tallying five of their runs in the top of the 5th inning.
La Grande pitcher Tanner Stemcha went the distance for Union County.
Two players from Wallowa County, Blair Beaudoin of Enterprise and Michael Pendarvis of Wallowa, are members of the Union County team but did not play in Mondays game.
On Tuesday morning, the Union County squad squared off against Puget Sound, the team representing Northern Washington. Puget Sound won its first game of the tournament, beating Alberta, Canada.
The round robin tournament continues this week with Union County scheduled to play Alberta at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday and the host team from Kelso at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
On Saturday, August 4, the top two teams from both halves of the 10-team tournament will compete in semi-final and final action with the winner earning the title of Pacific Northwest Regional Champion. Along with that title will be a ticket to the 15-year-old Babe Ruth World Series beginning Aug. 18 in Van Buren, Arkansas.