Southern California cruised through Pool A, defeating Northern California 11-3, Oregon 10-0 and Hawaii 6-2.
Pool B was a competitive mess. Since Pool B had only three teams compared to four in Pool A, each team played the other two twice.
Nevada looked strong on the first day of the tournament, defeating Washington 4-2 and Montana 13-5. But Washington defeated Nevada 11-3 on the second day of the tournament, then Montana edged Nevada 7-6 on the tournament’s third day.
Meanwhile Montana and Washington split their two-game series, with Montana winning 4-2 in the first game, then falling 1-0 in the second.
This left all three teams tied with 2-2 records. Ironically, it was Nevada, which had started the tournament so strong, that lost out on the tiebreaker, as Washington advanced to the semi-finals as the first place Pool B team and Montana as the second place Pool B team.
In the semi-finals, Southern California clobbered Montana 16-2, while Hawaii had little trouble from Washington in a 12-3 game.
In the 10 years that the Big League World Series has been in Easley, a team from California has represented the U.S. West nine times, with the exception being Washington who won the 2002 U.S. West Regional.
Thousand Oaks has won the U.S. Regional five times during that period, including four of the past five years. Thousand Oaks won the 2006 Big League World Series. California District 46 made appearances in the BLWS in 2004 and 2008. California District 62 was in the 2001 BLWS.
The Big League World Series begins July 28 at the J.B. “Red” Owens Recreation Complex in Easley.