Walnut’s Pinto 8U all-star team swept through Districts and Regions undefeated and beat some of the more traditional powerhouse in the area, some more than once. However, Super Regions can be a real marathon with 16 really good teams going against each other with their seasons on the line. Dave Campa’s 8U team was eliminated on Sunday against East Long Beach 18 to 9. They finished the all-star season with a remarkable 11 wins and only 2 losses. Hopefully most of this team will be back next year to represent Walnut in the 2015 Mustang-9 World Series.
President Rocky’s 5U team also saw their all-star season come to a close Sunday at the Shetland-5 West Zone World Series in Camarillo. They lost to eventual champion Whittier 11-1. This team has a bright future as well. They won their first game against 6 year olds back in the Shetland districts.
The Pinto 7’s did well Sunday when they beat Newbury Park 6-5 in a comeback victory that gave them first place in their pool with a 3-0 record. The win clinched a spot in the Pinto-7 West Zone World Series that starts this Friday, July 18. They did lose the tournament game later in the day to Irvine 13-7 but have a consolation game Monday night against Simi Valley for third place in Super Regions.
Walnut’s 10’s needed a win in the Regions on Sunday against San Gabriel to clinch a spot in the Mustang Super Regions in San Marcos and they did just that. Walnut got off to another big start by taking an 8-2 lead into the bottom of the 4th inning but, in an error prone game for both teams (17 errors combined), San Gabriel scored 5 runs to get within a run, 8-7. That’s as close as they would get and Nathan Rodriguez made sure of that by hitting another over-the-fence home run to give Walnut a commanding 12 to 7 lead that relief pitcher Sean Matsubara would hold for 13-9 victory. Matthew Fernando had 3 RBI’s and Chris Razo went 3 for 4 with 2 RBI’s. Walnut will await the winner of the San Gabriel/Whittier game and play them for the East Region championship on Tuesday night.