Creekside Park saw a total of 6 games on Friday at the Bronco-11 West Zone Tournament. The end of the day saw four teams that were eliminated. Unfortunately for our league, the Walnut All-Stars was one of them.
Walnut faced the other local team, Charter Oak in one of the two early games and got off to a rough start by allowing 6 runs in the first inning as Charter Oak sent 12 batters to the plate. Walnut was able to settle down Charter Oak’s bats somewhat after that thanks to pitchers Christian Elias and Jared Arellano. In the 5th inning Walnut was able to start a rally with help from Daniel Tapia’s RBI single and Artie Ramirez’s run scoring double but that would be the end of the scoring with the final score being 7-3. Charter Oak bats were led by Jaden Allen’s 2 hits, 2 runs scored and 3 stolen bases while Diego Flores also got 2 hits, 2 RBIâ€™s and was on base all 4 times.
In the other early game, Murrieta beat Washington, 13-3 and eliminated them. Washington or the South Sound Crush was the team that had to travel the farthest to get here and they did enjoy an over the fence home run in their last game that accounted for their 3 runs.
The Ramona/Irvine game was a tight match as both teams were scoreless late in the game but Irvine broke it open and won 7-0 to setup a match on Saturday with the other lone remaining unbeaten team, Newport Harbor. Their Orange County neighbors defeated Vacaville 3-1 in a pitcher’s duel between Newport’s Hayden Schott and Vacaville’s Austin Lamb. Both pitchers went the distance and only allowed 4 hits apiece but Schott came out on top.
The last two games of the night were between teams that needed to win to stay alive in the tournament.Â Murrieta was able to shut out Vacaville 6-0 thanks for pitchers James Collins, Bradon Carr and Matthew Hunt. Ramona also stayed alive at the expense of Charter Oak, 13-4.
Saturday will feature a match-up of the Orange County teams that are both undefeated still, Irvine and Newport Harbor at 2pm. Then Vacaville will face Murrieta at 4:30pm with the winner set to face the loser of the Orange County battle at 7pm.