The Bronco -11 West Zone tournament in Walnut is nearly complete. Los Alamitos and Simi Youth will compete for the West Zone championship and a trip to the Bronco-11 World Series on Sunday. The Mustang-9 Zone is still going and will finish on Monday, with that winner also getting a trip to the Mustang-9 World Series but they won’t have to travel far, as Walnut is also the World Series host.
Walnut’s 9U B team was eliminated on Saturday after a loss to Ahwatukee, Arizona, 14-0. While manager Phillip Estrada’s B team didn’t perform as well as they had hopped, the team showed a lot of character and spirit throughout two tough games. The Mustang division in Walnut only had 6 teams during the spring and with two top all-star teams taking the vast majority of top players there wasn’t a lot of experienced 9 year old players left for our B team. None of the team had ever played all-stars before yet they spent countless hours this summer improving their skills on the practice field in order to represent Walnut. Manager Estrada didn’t even have his own child on his own team yet he volunteered to spend those same hours with his team and helping them to get better. Their improvement didn’t necessarily show on the scoreboard but their spirit and enthusiasm did. Left fielder Christopher Robinson diving for fly balls even with his team down by many runs, Roberto Casas diving head first into bases trying to score at least once for his team, first year baseball player Noah Moya taking wild pitches off his bruised body while playing catcher and still keeping his head up and going after every ball, and the rest of the team showing respect for the game and the other teams that they faced.
In Azusa at the Pony division’s East Region, West Zone tournament, Walnut bounced back from a first round loss and defeated the host team, 11-3. The game even included a rare 4-6-3 triple play pulled off by Walnut. They will face Glendora on Sunday and have another game later in the day if they should win the first one.
The Mustang 10U teams stayed alive at the Super Region by beating Toluca 10-7. They will match up against Orangecrest on Sunday. The 7’s lost both of their games on Saturday in pool play at the Pinto-7 World Series. They have another contest on Sunday against Torrance American.