The state champion 15-year-old Babe Ruth team from Union County won one game and lost three at the Regional Championships held July 30-Aug. 4 in Kelso, Wash.

Ten teams earned slots in the regional championship and only one team, the host team from Kelso advanced to the 15-year-old World Series, starting Aug. 18 in Van Buren, Arkansas.

Two players from Wallowa County, Blair Beaudoin from Enterprise and Michael Pendarvis from Wallowa, were members of the Union County team.

In their first game of the tournament Union County bested a Southern Oregon team representing the cities of Reedsport, Coos Bay, Coquille, and Bandon 6-1.

Errors were the nemesis of the Union County squad in their game 2 loss to Puget Sound. The team based in La Grande gave up four runs in the first inning and never threatened Puget Sound in the 9-2 loss. Union County’s two runs came in the 5th inning, and for the first time in the tourney Beaudoin saw action in left field and chased down two fly balls.

The local team wasted an early 6-2 lead in its third game against Alberta, Canada, giving up four runs in the sixth inning during an 8-6 loss.

Beaudoin started in left field and, among other things, garnered an RBI with a sacrifice play.

Union County met the eventual tourney champs from Kelso in their final ballgame of the tournament and was blown out 13-1. Pendarvis started that game in left field and Beaudoin entered the fray in the late innings.

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