Portland team wins Babe Ruth 14 state crown

The Portland 14-year-old Babe Ruth team is state champion, in dramatic fashion. Portland lost to Central Maine, 7-4, last Friday, but stayed alive with a 14-4 win over Augusta, then took the title with 11-6 and 9-4 victories over Central Maine Saturday. Portland will next compete in the New England regional starting Friday in Westfield, Mass.

PBC fighter wins gold

Portland Boxing Club’s Liz Leddy recently won the women’s national Golden Gloves featherweight championship in Florida. Leddy won her first national title and is only the third person in Maine history to win an open class title. Leddy beat Erica Cooksey of Jacksonville in the third round to clinch the crown.

Showcase League tryouts upcoming

Tryouts for the 2011 Showcase League baseball and softball season will be held Aug. 7 at Hadlock Field in Portland. The Showcase League is the premier college prep baseball league in New England, featuring wooden bat games hosted weekly by colleges and universities in the Northeast. FMI, [email protected] or showcaseleague.com.

PAYSA registration open

Registration for the Portland Area Youth Soccer Association (PAYSA) 2011 fall recreational program is underway. A Little Kickers program for ages 4 and 5 ($60), and rec leagues for ages 6 to 13 ($65) are available. FMI, [email protected] or paysasoccer.com.

Soccer officials needed

The Western Maine Board of Approved Soccer Officials is seeking officials. New officials training clinics will be held Sunday and Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m., beginning Aug. 7, at the Gorham Municipal Complex. FMI, wmbaso.org.