Because next year the two leagues will merge to form one, ending a rivalry but perhaps beginning a bond that will take them all to special places.
In any case, it was zip-zip into the fourth inning with evening sunshine blazing in Seattle with parents from both teams mixing about with cheery chitter-chatter.
Then it got competitive when Woodinville’s Chris Wilson laced a scorching ground ball to the left-center field fence for a double, and the game was on.
Mason Osgood then undressed West’s shortstop with another scorcher to score the first run, and came around to score on Jonny Bell’s hard grounder to second base that went astray: two runs on one legitimate hit and it was 2-0 for the visiting kids in green.
Woodinville posted four more runs in the top of the fifth: singles by Tyler Owens, Xavier Hendrix, Osgood, Alex Thorber and Ryan Long to go up 6-zip.
But West didn’t go quietly, as sharp singles by Jake Hopkins and Matthew Schramm were followed by a bomb by Ricky Shell to make it 6-3 and Cooper Mehrmann then walked on four pitches and Tom Zimet was plunked by a Wilson pitch — relieving reliever Wyatt Mosher — and Richard Zhou singled to make it 6-4, to stir the crowd.
But it got no better than that for West as the green team plated two more runs in the top of the sixth as Owens led off with a single and the blue team committed an error before Osgood laced a base hit up the middle to make it 8-4.
Matt Welter, the last of four green team pitchers, then retired the side, despite a walk and an error, for the victory.
Osgood went 3-for-4 with two RBI. Owens and Bell notched two hits apiece, as did Zimet from the blue team.