KENNEWICK -- In the end it came down to a contest between the No. 1 and 2 seeds out of the National Division as Meridian, Idaho, took the Pacific Northwest Regional Babe Ruth 13-year-old tournament championship with a 10-8 win against Bend, Ore., at Roy Johnson Field.
Meridian also defeated Bend 5-1 on Wednesday in pool play. The Idaho team finished the tournament 5-0 and advances to the World Series scheduled for Aug. 19-26 in Clifton Park, N.Y.
Meridian defeated Calgary, Alberta, 11-3 and Bend beat Whitefish, Mont., 10-8 in the semifinals earlier Saturday.
Tournament host Kennewick All-Stars -- Pacific Northwest Regional 13-year-old champions in 2003, 2007 and 2009 -- finished third in the American Division.
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Meridian 400 222 x -- 10