Just when Imperial Valley baseball fans thought it was safe to take refuge from the heat and sit in air-conditioned comfort to watch their favorite teams, local Babe Ruth baseball will continue today with a 13-year-old state tournament.
Two local teams — Northend and El Centro — will vie with four others for the title and the honor of taking the next step on the road to the world series in Wilson County, N.C.
Northend, composed of players from Brawley, Calipatria and Westmorland, won the District 7 tournament in Brawley on July 8 over Sunset to earn a spot. El Centro finished third in the tournament, but by virtue of hosting the state tournament it got a bid. Opposing El Centro and Northend will be teams from Simi Valley, La Cañada, La Crescenta and West Torrance.
This year will be El Centro's second straight year hosting the double-elimination event, which will continue through Wednesday. The tournament is usually rotated throughout sites in California, but El Centro was able to land the event again after volunteering to host it last year at the last minute when Babe Ruth couldn't find a locale willing to host the tournament.