Friday, July 18, 2014

Cal Ripken 12's and 11's Prep For Regional Tournament

Two local Cal Ripken Baseball teams will spend the weekend preparing for the Pacific Southwest Regional Tournaments that start Monday.

The Laguna Youth Baseball's 12-Year-Old all-stars won their Northern California state tournament at Rau Park on July 11 with an 8-6 win in extra innings over the Woodland All-Stars. Laguna jumped out to an early three-run lead in the top of the first, but Woodland came back in the bottom half and tied it.  The game was back and forth with Woodland tying the game up in the bottom of the 5th on an error with the bases loaded.

Woodland lead off the bottom of the sixth inning with two singles. A passed ball moved the winning run to 3rd.  A strikeout and infield popup, brought the number-four hitter up with two outs.  Laguna intentionally walked him to load the bases and struck out the next batter on a 3-2 fastball inside for a called third strike.

Laguna first two batters got out quickly and the number 3 hitter doubled down the line.  The next batter up hit a 2-run homer to put Laguna up 8-6 for good.

Laguna now heads to the Pacific Southwest Regional tournament in Visalia, with their first game on Monday, 7/21, against Clovis. The winner of that tournament will advance to the Cal Ripken World Series in Aberdeen, MD.

To follow the Laguna squad live online here is the link:

The team is coached by Michael Marchant, Lee Burton and Mike Hardey. The players are Hilario Mata - #42 Chase Davis - #8 Ishmael Burton - #27 Cameron Walty - #24 Brandon Rundgren #23
Jake Pina - #55 Jeremy Daneluk - #1 Michael Hardey - #12 Jalen Carreon - #21 Jackon Leonard - #14 David Anderson - #11 Marshall Smith - #3 and  Jack Marchant - #25

Laguna Youth's Age 12 All-Stars, NorCal State Champions
 Elk Grove Youth Baseball's Age 11 All-Stars won its NorCal State Championship two weeks ago in Oakland. They open their version of the Pacific Southwest Regional next week in Bullard.

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