By Karrol Williams
On July 6, the Baker 11U All Star Baseball Team traveled to Helena for the 11U Cal Ripken State Baseball Tournament. Opening ceremonies took place July 6 with Helena, Bitterroot South, Kalispell, Belgrade, Baker, Miles City, Columbia Falls, Mission Valley, Bozeman and Glendive all taking the field for recognition.
Baker started off with pool play at 1 p.m. on July 7 against Belgrade. The boys had a tough game with a 6-20 loss. They would then face Columbia Falls Friday night. Baker came out with an 8-7 win. Saturday morning Baker came out strong and ended with a 15-5 win against Mission Valley. Baker ended pool play with a 2-1 record seeding them 5th for the tournament.
Tournament play started July 8 for Baker against Belgrade. Baker won a hard fought battle in extra innings by the score of 8-7. This would advance Baker to the Semi-Final game facing Helena. Baker lost against a very strong Helena team by the score of 0-10. This loss put Baker into the 3rd and 4th place Consolation game against Kalispell. Baker lost another close game by the score of 7-8.