A pair of area teams from the Newton Babe Ruth-Cal Ripken Jr. organization have qualified for state after district tournaments.
The Newton 11U Cal Ripken Jr. team fell to Cottonwood Valley 21-20 and 7-4 in a best-of-three series in Peabody, but received an at-large bid for state, which begins Thursday in Garden City.
The Newton 14U Babe Ruth team finished second in district play in Larned, falling to Larned 6-0, beating Great Bend 2-1 and the Mid-Kansas All-Stars 14-0, before losing to Larned 15-2.
Larned is the state host, giving Newton the district berth. The state tournament begins Friday.