The Northwest Border Wars IV wrapped up its fourth year this past weekend. Teams from all over Washington represented the “North” border, while teams from Oregon represented the “South” region.
The event was a 4-game guarantee with a unique point-system. Each "RIVAL” (North vs. South) matchup win throughout the weekend, across every age division (8u-16u), earned your state RIVAL points. A pool play win equals one point, a playoff game win equals five points and a championship win equals 10 points.
All teams played two "RIVAL" games on Saturday, and on Sunday teams had to win an in-state playoff to play for the Border War Championship Game against a "RIVAL." The territory with the most RIVAL points was declared the Border Wars Champion and will hold onto the official Border Wars Trophy until the following year's event.
At times the battle was neck and neck, however the South maintained a steady lead entering the championship rounds. As a result of the entire territorial effort, the South won the Border Wars event for the second year in a row with a final score of 189-116.
The North won back-to-back championships the first two years of the event, and now the Border War series is now knotted up at 2-2. The 2018 travelling trophy will be shared between the Mound Time and Northwest Futures programs.
“The 2018 Northwest Border Wars was a huge success for all. The umpires, facilities, and competition were all outstanding, and the weather was amazing,” said tournament director Matt Pilcher. “It continues to be one of the most competitive tournaments in the Northwest year in and year out.
“The format of this event, which pairs the North teams versus the South, is a huge draw for teams that like to play new competition. This event is always on the Cinco De Mayo Weekend, and we are already looking forward toward the 2019 event.”
Congrats to the Border Wars IV Champions from all age divisions...
10u Lead Off: NW Futures Select
11u: Seatown Baseball Club
12u: NW Futures Select
13u: Mound Time Baseball
14u: WW Sweets