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Little League Epic Battle Slated For Friday Between Two Titans

(Ryan Garcia of Bonita’s Sweetwater Valley Little League hits a sixth-inning single Sunday towards Chula Vista’s Eastlake Little League. Garcia homered earlier during that contest to assist lead Sweetwater Valley to a 19-8 victory. Photograph courtesy of Jon Bigornia.)

Two smoking purple scorching all-star titans, Bonita’s Sweetwater Valley Little League and Chula Vista’s Park View Little League, shall battle Fri., Jul. 5. In District 42 Monster Prepared To Rumble, I defined that the Larger Chula Vista space accommodates the three-headed Little League monster. On Sunday, we discovered that a minimum of a type of heads will compete in the 2019 California District 42 event championship. The 2 giants dueling on Friday symbolize two of that monster’s heads. Sweetwater Valley hosts the epic battle. The victor advances to the championship.

SVLL qualified for Friday’s showdown by blanking South San Diego’s Luckie Waller Little League on Saturday, 24-Zero, and then beating Chula Vista’s Eastlake Little League on Sunday, 19-Eight.

Ouch! I am excited for the Bonita workforce. Those guys performed phenomenally. I look ahead with great anticipation to observe them play once more. Nevertheless, I all the time really feel horrible for young gamers that lose by these large lopsided scores. So depressing. And in entrance of an enormous crowd. I think about that can feel humiliating. Poor youngsters. I do know the feeling. Once I was younger, I suffered on groups that always received annihilated. I don’t recall ever enjoying on the profitable aspect of a recreation like that. My childhood baseball days served as a continuing source of unfavorable reinforcement till I lastly give up.

Dropping might be brutal.

If that have been me on Luckie Waller, I’d be like, “summer vacation can’t come fast enough.” But, many Little League fans advised me in recent times that kids shortly recuperate from dangerous losses. About 15 minutes after dropping, players swim in a pool, and overlook about baseball. Nevertheless, their mother and father typically continue obsessing. I hope those studies about players are correct. Rabbi Rabbs may be too delicate to youngsters’ emotions to cowl Little League. Or perhaps, a delicate author is strictly what Little League must cover its games. I will let the readers determine.

(Players on Bonita’s Sweetwater Valley Little League rejoice one in every of their 5 house runs hit Sunday. Photograph courtesy of Jon Bigornia.)

Anyway, Sweetwater Valley’s offense lit up the scoreboards. Between the two contests, that group performed a combined nine innings. Throughout which, the Bonita killers scored a complete of 43 runs, and gained, 43-Eight. A soccer rating. A football blowout. Six touchdowns with a two-point conversion to at least one TD with a two-pointer. Yikes! That’s critical offense even for soccer. CaliSports News’ Director of Little League attended Sunday’s massacre. Chula Vista American Little League of Chula Vista hosted that affair. There, I watched Sweetwater Valley batters belt five residence runs.

House run derby.

“We hit the ball really well,” Sweetwater Valley Supervisor Ward Lannom advised CSN after Sunday’s large victory. “The kids are executing.” Daniel Sanchez hit two of his group’s homers. Each two-run photographs. “Daniel is on fire,” Lannom stated. “He is focused, and completely in his own zone.”

After the sport, CSN caught up with the younger slugger. Sanchez advised me that was his first time he ever hit two dingers in one recreation. Nicely, the post-season is a superb time to get scorching. Sanchez advised CSN he was not even making an attempt to go yard. “I was looking for base hits,” he stated. “Line drives.”

In that very same recreation, Sweetwater Valley’s Christian Jimenez blasted a three-run homer, and Adrik Sanchez (no relation) smacked his personal two-run dinger. Ryan Garcia offered a solo shot.

A perfect recreation.

In Saturday’s victory, Sweetwater Valley’s Ethan Otero reportedly pitched a perfect recreation. He only faced the minimal of 9 batters in the course of the contest’s three innings, and received out all 9.

By the way, I dig the Bonita staff’s new look. Love the pinstripes. Lannom took credit for the uniform makeover that options throwback caps from 2010. The 2019 staff wears them nicely.

Little Isaiah

(Isaiah Bartolme of Chula Vista’s Park View Little League reportedly gave up one run over Four 2/3 innings on Saturday. Photograph courtesy of Jon Bigornia.)

Shifting on, Park View certified for the upcoming showdown by beating Chula Vista American on Saturday, 7-1, and on Sunday defeating Imperial Seashore Little League of Imperial Seashore, Three-1. Park View to date solely relinquished a complete of two runs. That’s critical defense. So, Friday’s conflict pits a smoking offense towards a pink scorching protection. Must be an ideal recreation. I popped my head in for a couple of minutes to observe Park View’s victory on Sunday. Park View hosted that contest.

Three Little Leagues in at some point.

Busy Sunday for me. However, that is only the half of it. That same day, your hard-working CSN writer attended the District 42 Junior division championship, additionally hosted at Park View. Plus, I visited a third league within that district to conduct an interview for an upcoming article. More on all of that to comply with. So stay with CSN, Southern California’s leader in Little League protection.

District 42 officials scheduled their Majors division championship to start out on Sun., Jul. 7, at Sweetwater Valley’s ballpark. If that collection requires a second match, Bonita’s league will host that duel on Mon., Jul. 8. As this sportswriter discovered the arduous method, Little League schedules are subject to vary. Nothing is engraved in stone. In any occasion, each time the championship concludes, CSN will provide a report readers won’t need to miss. Till then, stay tuned !!

Where are they now?

As soon as once more, it is time for the favored phase referred to as, Where Are They Now? In Prepared To Rumble, I wrote that Higher Chula Vista Little Leaguers seemingly play baseball virtually day-after-day of the yr for hours each day. That insinuated they play baseball to the exclusion of all different sports. For many kids, that description holds precisely. Nevertheless, there are several exceptions to the overall rule. One notable exception is Micah Pietila-Wiggs.

Little Micah

(Micah Pietila-Wiggs in 2013.
Photograph courtesy of AP Photograph/Matt Slocum.)

In Why I Comply with Little League Baseball, I mentioned that Pietila-Wiggs performed on the 2013 United States champion at the Little League World Collection. He was one of many stars of that Eastlake squad. I watched that collection intently. I keep in mind the tv announcers mentioned that Pietila-Wiggs additionally performed organized youth football. If I recall appropriately, ESPN even showed viewers a photograph of the younger two-sport athlete posed sporting his football uniform. Clearly, he busted any stereotype of Chula Vista’s Little Leaguers enjoying only baseball.

From Little League World Collection to school ball.

In that article, I said Pietila-Wiggs later played baseball for the Eastlake High Faculty Titans. I failed to mention that he additionally starred on the Titans’ football group. The two-sport phenom was reportedly named First Staff All-CIF in football, and twice named First Workforce All-League. In addition, Pietila-Wiggs was twice named the San Diego Hall of Champions Athlete of the Month!

He shined in baseball. In 2017, Pietila-Wiggs was reportedly named probably the most worthwhile player in Eastlake’s league. In 2018, that league honored him as its greatest offensive player. He graduated with a soaring .420 career batting common. He was named First Staff All-CIF twice, and First Group All-League 3 times. This yr, Pietila-Wiggs broke into the lineup as a freshman on the College of New Mexico Lobos’ baseball staff. Congratulations to Pietila-Wiggs !!

Junior division champs.

I said earlier that I attended the District 42 Junior championship recreation. Apparently, in Prepared To Rumble, I mentioned Park View’s Junior all-stars squad. In SoCal Little League Tournaments Return, I mentioned Sweetwater Valley’s Junior all-stars group. Nicely guess what? These two golf equipment clashed towards one another in the district finals!! How good was that?

Little rudden

(Brian Rudden of Chula Vista’s Park View Little League Junior all-stars pitches Sunday. Photograph courtesy of Jon Bigornia.)

I’m pals with relations of players on each of those groups. I’m associates with the district photographer that snapped that recreation’s footage. I’m buddies with that recreation’s announcer. I do know umpires that labored at Park View that day. I even know two those that worked within the snack stand. Perhaps, I ought to lease an condominium inside the Higher Three-Headed Monster area. I already know so many people dwelling there, and the 14-hour door-to-door drives get previous in a hurry.

Anyway, Park View’s Juniors gained, 7-Four. Congratulations to Park View !! It should subsequent symbolize District 42 on the Southern California Section 7 event. Till then, Let’s Go SoCal !!

Particular because of an excellent man.

Finally, CSN should use this opportunity to thank District 42’s dedicated volunteer photographer Jon Bigornia. He offers to me wonderful motion pictures from virtually each Little League recreation I attend. That is as a result of Jon takes photographs at virtually each event recreation both held at a District 42 area or involving a District 42 group competing elsewhere. Meaning he attends Junior, Intermediate, 12U, 11U, 10U, 6U, 3U, youngsters enjoying stick ball in the parking zone, you identify it. Jon is there. Virtually seven days each week, a number of ballparks within and out of doors of his district. Really exceptional. Then, he returns house and types by means of actually hundreds of latest pictures. He chooses one of the best ones, and uploads them to the District 42 Facebook web page.

I typically ask Bigornia to please snap footage of certain players of whom I want photographs for my articles. Bigornia fortunately complies. He takes those photographs and places them into my exclusive Dropbox. So, an enormous CaliSports Information thanks to Bigornia! Jon is nice with whom to work, and I want to assume that he and I make an amazing group. Teamwork makes the dream work.

Little Rabbs and Jon

(Double hassle. With Jon Bigornia. Photograph courtesy of Jon Bigornia.)