South Pasadena Little League Baseball | SPLL Juniors Fall into Elimination Bracket

The local baseball unit takes on Montana Monday at 1 p.m. to stay alive in its bid to win a Little League Junior Division West Region Baseball Championship in Bend, Oregon.

PHOTO: Bill Glazier | The South Pasadenan News | South Pasadena faces Montana Monday in the Little League Junior Division West Region Baseball Championship in Bend, Oregon.

With one setback, South Pasadena’s Junior Division baseball team looks for a win over Montana Monday to stay alive in its quest for a Little League West Region championship in Bend, Oregon.

Winning the title would send the locals to Michigan for a chance to meet the nation’s best in the Little World Series for 13-14 year-olds.

Getting there just got tougher on Sunday as South Pasadena fell to Washington 11-1 for its first loss in the double elimination tournament. To stay in the hunt and avoid making an exit, the team representing Southern California will be tested in a 1 p.m. matchup.

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Before falling, South Pasadena had advanced to the semi-finals of the winner’s bracket after handing Nevada a 14-1 loss and knocking off Idaho 7-3 in the first two rounds of the all-star tourney.

Hawaii knocked off Northern California 8-0 in the other semi-final. The team from the Hawaiian Islands is comprised of many of the same players who won the Little League World Series on ESPN a year ago when they were 12 year olds.

South Pasadena still has hopes of winning a Western Regional title, starting with a victory Monday, which would set up a game on Tuesday at 1 p.m. against the winner of the Northern California versus Oregon contest.

Not looking to the next round just yet with a difficult challenge against Montana, South Pasadena knows its season is on the line as it faces the team from Butte in a key game.

All tournament games can be viewed on the app Game Changer. Look for updates to this story.