The first ever Mustang-9 World Series started on Friday with an opening ceremony and then four games, concluding with the Walnut 9U A team winning their first sanctioned game. Former Walnut PONY league president, Karla McKenzie, was honored with the lifetime award from PONY Baseball and number one Walnut baseball fan Mikie Gutansky threw out the first pitch along with Walnut mayor Nancy Tragarz and PONY president Abe Key.
Mexico and Channahon, Illinois had the honor of the first game and Brayan Rivera from Mexico, had the first hit, stolen base and run scored ever recorded for the Mustang-9 World Series. Teammate Julio Cesar Valdez later recorded the first home run and Mexico won the first game 13-0.
North Valley and Kona, Hawaii played the most exciting game of the day next. North Valley 8-3 lead before Kona came back with 4 runs in the final 6th inning to tie the game at 8 a piece but North Valley loaded the bases in their half of the 6th inning and Tommy Goodin singled in David Lozano to win the game for North Valley. West Zone champion Hart, beat the team from Corpus Christi, Texas, 13-0. The game included another home run from Blake Schroeder, who hit one in last week’s zone.
In the nightcap, Walnut’s 9U team finally got a chance to play and jumped out early with the help of several Garner, North Carolina errors to take a 6-0 lead after the first inning. Walnut pitchers Isaac Quintanilla, Jaiden Miranda and Gavin Paz held Garner to only 1 hit to help Walnut win 10-1.
Tomorrow the games begin at 2pm again but the Champions League game will begin at 10am on the bigger North Field.