While the three Walnut teams that won on Saturday have the satisfaction of knowing they will continue to play at the sanctioned tournaments, they all also wanted to win their respective Region tournaments. However, all three teams lost on Sunday and with one exception, have been eliminated from winning the Region.
The Shetland A Team still has a shot at winning their Shetland Region tournament despite the 20 to 5 loss to Whittier Navy. They will have to beat Whittier Red on Monday and then beat Whittier Navy twice on Tuesday to take the Region Championship and get a pass to the West Zone World Series. Either way they have at least made next week’s Super Region.
The Pinto 7U suffered their second loss of the Pinto 7 Region tournament, 7-1 to West Covina Red and were eliminated from the Region. However, since they already qualified for Super Region, the top 4 teams advanced and Walnut was number 3. They start the Super Region on Friday with Pool play. Walnut will play 3 games and the winner of each pool (there are four) will play each other in a short single elimination tournament to determine the Super Region winner but all 4 pool winning teams qualify for the West Zone World Series.
The Pinto 8U suffered their first loss of the sanctioned tournaments on Sunday, 10-9 to Charter Oak in extra innings. Since this Pinto Region tournament will not be holding a championship game, Charter Oak was awarded the number one seed out of the tournament and Walnut will need to face Whittier Navy on Monday to determine the number 2 and 3 seeds from the Region. All three teams have qualified for the Pinto Super Region tournament that starts on Thursday in Garden Grove. Unlike the 7U tournament, the regular Pinto or 8U tournament is a 16 team double-elimination tournament.
A quick reminder about the younger age group tournaments, Shetland, Pinto and Mustang-9. The World Series tournaments typically only go as far as Zone or in our case, the West Zone. The West Zone is made up of states on the west coast (see PONY map). Most of the other Zones don’t put on tournaments for the younger age groups. Only the older age divisions, Mustang (10U), Bronco and Pony, advance past the West Zone and play in a World Series that consists of teams from other zones around our country and the world. While PONY baseball is not as large as Little League and doesn’t have as many countries participating, the popularity and amount of countries is growing substantially every year. Walnut PONY has sent teams to three different World Series over it’s 40 plus years, a Pony team in the mid 90’s, a Bronco team in 2007 and a Bronco-11 team that won the very first Bronco-11 World Series in Virgina in 2009.