Section 7 Smashed By Bonita’s Killers, 10U Monster-Slayer Makes History

(Daniel Sánchez of Bonita’s Sweetwater Valley Little League belts a grand slam residence run Tuesday in the course of the Southern California Section 7 event. Within the upper-left nook, the photograph exhibits the ball leaving Sánchez’s bat. Photograph courtesy of Jon Bigornia.)

Congratulations to 2019 Southern California Section 7 Champion Sweetwater Valley Little League of Bonita !! And, congratulations to Chula Vista American Little League of Chula Vista for making history !! CaliSports News will now present details of each accomplishments. Plus, CSN shall present updates under on two other California District 42 groups that gained section titles.

First, Sweetwater Valley captured its part’s banner Tuesday with a powerful 15-Zero, four-inning shutout over Lakeside American Little League of Lakeside. Fletcher Hills Little League in El Cajon hosted the four-day event. SVLL finished the tourney with an ideal 3-Zero report. The Bonita killers walloped their opponents by a combined score of 46-Three. Yes, 46-3 !!!!!

The killers remain undefeated, 7-Zero, this summer time. They outscored their opponents throughout those seven contests, 112-15. Pure domination. By profitable their part, Bonita’s boys certified as one in every of solely 10 teams that may compete within the upcoming 2019 Little League Southern California Championship event. North Mission Viejo Little League in Mission Viejo will host it.

Sweetwater Valley advances to ultimate 10.

Sweetwater Valley opens the double-elimination occasion on Sat., Jul. 20., towards Allied Gardens Little League of San Diego. Simply as last yr, two San Diego County teams meet on Day 1 of the event. To me, it appears foolish to tug them to Orange County, when the youngsters might square off near Petco Park, and save mother and father driving time and fuel money. Plus, extra local fans may attend.

(Ryan García of Sweetwater Valley Little League through the Southern California Section 7 event. Photograph courtesy of Jon Bigornia.)

In any occasion, Sweetwater Valley gained Tuesday behind lights outs pitching from ace Ethan Otero, and two big house runs from Daniel Sánchez. Otero picked up the shutout victory. He pitched all four innings. Otero solely gave up 4 hits, and didn’t walk anyone. He solely threw 55 pitches, so Otero is eligible to start out on Saturday towards Allied Gardens. Now, allow us to talk about Mr. Sánchez.

Rockets launched.

This weeks marks the 50th anniversary of the USA sending a rocket to the moon. In honor of that historic event, Tuesday Sánchez fired two of his own rockets to the moon. He blasted the primary missile in the second inning for a three-run homer over the correct subject fence. One inning later, he stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded. Might Daniel do it once more? The countdown began. T minus 60 seconds and counting. 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, four, Three, 2, 1, blast off!! We have now carry off!! Sánchez launched a grand slam over the left subject wall!! I kid you not. Dude is on hearth. That marked the second time this summer time that Daniel hit two dingers in one recreation. Based on him, that is solely the second time he did so throughout his life. Tuesday’s two have been special, as a result of with that pair, Sánchez drove in seven RBIs!! Great job, Daniel!! Take a bow!

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(Players on Bonita’s Sweetwater Valley Little League congratulate Daniel Sánchez, #Three, after he hit a grand slam Tuesday. That was his second homer of the sport. Photograph courtesy of Jon Bigornia.)

The Bonita killers earned their spot in the section championship by defeating Imperial Little League of Imperial, 15-3, on Saturday, and then on Sunday, shutting out Spring Valley Little League of Spring Valley, 16-Zero, in 4 innings. I attended Sunday’s shutout. Sweetwater Valley played like champions. Its gang of polished studs with deep pitching might show unstoppable. Bonita’s killers dominated on the mound, in the subject, and at the plate. The entire package deal.

Bonita’s bats blew up Section 7.

In Saturday’s victory, the killers went wild on the plate. Joey Castillo led the best way by belting a grand slam residence run. Otero blasted his personal three-run homer. In response to two eye witnesses that spoke with CaliSports News, Otero whacked the ball so arduous that it flew over the tall tree-line beyond Fletcher Hills’ left subject wall. In all, the killers racked up 16 hits including six doubles. Adrik Sánchez (no relation to Daniel) turned in a stellar pitching performance. He only gave up two runs on two hits and three walks throughout his four 1/3 innings. Catcher Leo Mondragón delivered the play-of-the-week. First, he saved a run by tagging out an Imperial runner on the plate, after catching a throw. Then, Mondragón reportedly performed a bit of trick on a runner on second base. The younger catcher bluffed as if he have been tossing the ball again to Adrik standing on the mound. The ball was nonetheless reside. The runner fell for that pretend throw, and headed to 3rd. Mondragón, still with the ball, then threw to 3rd to nail that runner. Two outs on one play! How about that?

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(Adrik Sánchez warms up earlier than pitching stellar performance on Saturday.
Photograph courtesy of Jon Bigornia.)

A mixed no-hitter.

On Sunday, Andrew Arnce and Joshua Hughes combined for a no-hitter. Arnce pitched phenomenally. He mowed down the opposing lineup. He solely wanted 36 pitches to finish three innings. Arnce allowed just one batter to succeed in base. That was on a stroll. Hughes shut down the door within the fourth and last inning. Arnce additionally threw some nasty stuff on Saturday. He pitched the final 1 and 1/3 innings of that contest in aid. Arnce faced four batters. He struck out two of them, and compelled the other two into outs. On Sunday, on the plate, the Bonita killers exploded for 10 runs within the third inning. Hughes, Daniel, and Adrik teed off with back-to-back-to-back dingers. Sweetwater Valley’s subsequent two batters reached base. And then it happened. Otero pinched hit with two runners on base. Might he do it once more? YES! Another three-run smash over the left area wall !!! Only this time, the young energy hitter stored the ball under the tree-line. I feel El Cajon residents dwelling in nearby houses appreciated that. After Sunday’s blowout, CaliSports News spoke with Otero. He walked us by means of his two three-run dingers that he hit in two days.

Win each inning.

“Both days, I was expecting curve balls,” Otero stated. “But, they threw fast balls. I tried to hit the ball hard each time.” Otero informed CSN that to maintain profitable, SVLL should play to “win every inning.”

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(Ethan Otero of Sweetwater Valley Little League in the course of the Southern California Section 7 event. Photograph courtesy of Jon Bigornia.)

On Sunday, profitable each inning just about described Otero’s Bonita killers. After the 10-run outburst within the third inning, Sweetwater Valley added five extra in the fourth. That’s when Adrik smacked his second residence run of the night time. Approach to go, 2-3! Adrik laughed once I stated that to him within the parking zone after the game. The killers finished the offense-fest with a whopping 15 hits.

The Bonita killers’ win Tuesday marked 11 straight years that California District 42’s “3-headed monster” gained the Section 7 banner. In those prior 10 years, the beast then went on to play in SoCal’s finals six occasions. Think about that. In six of the past 10 years, one in every of SoCal’s two greatest groups represented the Larger Chula Vista space. Are you not impressed? Actually, the monster reached the SoCal finals in every of the previous four years! If Sweetwater Valley performs in the finals subsequent week, that may mark five straight appearances for District 42. Is that a huge deal? Nicely, 39 districts compete annually, so a type of 39 dominating five straight years? Uh, yes.

The three-headed monster dominates SoCal.

In addition, the monster gained the finals 4 occasions prior to now six years. Clearly, the street to Albert E. Houghton Stadium in San Bernardino leads via the three-headed beast. To go to the West Region, you need to slay the monster. The final SoCal league to do so was Santa Margarita National Little League of Rancho Santa Margarita in 2017. It defeated Chula Vista’s Eastlake Little League in the SoCal finals. Earlier than then, Encinitas Little League of Encinitas slayed the beast in 2014. Prior to that, we must return to 2012 to find a third SoCal champion whose boundaries failed to extend to the intersection of East H Road and Corral Canyon Street in Chula Vista. I consider that’s the nook where the monster’s three heads meet. I could also be incorrect.

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(Joshua Hughes in the course of the Southern California Section 7 event.
Photograph courtesy of Jon Bigornia.)

Anyway, the final two groups remaining in SoCal’s event will face one another within the finals slated for Solar., Jul. 28. Officials will crown the winner of the finals as champion. That league shall symbolize SoCal at the 2019 West Area event. More on that later. Keep tuned !!

All hail the monster slayer!

Subsequent, congratulations to Chula Vista American’s 10-and-under division all-stars for profitable the championships of District 42 and Section 7!! What a yr for Chula Vista American!! First, in District 42’s Event Of Champions, CVA gained titles in Majors, 7U, and 6U. Then, its 10U all-stars slayed the three-headed monster, and captured the section title! All hail the monster slayer!

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(Four pitchers that led Chula Vista American Little League’s 10U champions have fun after Tuesday’s win. From left to proper: Jesus Davalos, Jack Daniel, Chase Miranda, Reece Madden. Photograph courtesy of Eric Miranda.)

In two years from now, perhaps those same gamers that compose this yr’s 10U roster will comply with the three-headed beast’s lead by happening as 12-year-olds to the Little League World Collection in South Williamsport, PA. If that does happen, I shall immediately cease using the phrases three-headed monster and monster slayer. As an alternative, I will confer with Chula Vista American, Chula Vista’s Park View Little League, Eastlake, and Sweetwater Valley because the fearsome foursome. Attempt to cease me.

Women play baseball.

Chula Vista American’s 10U club made history for an additional cause. Based on a District 42 spokesperson, CVA’s workforce is the primary in any Little League division, a minimum of up to now 10 years, and probably ever, to win a District 42 title with a feminine participant on its roster. Let us give an enormous SoCal spherical of applause to Yaretzi Amésquita Zavala!! Option to go! Congratulations!!

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(Photograph courtesy of Chula Vista American Little League.)

Yari, as she prefers to be referred to as, shortly made headlines this yr. In Might, the 10-year-old standout turned Chula Vista American’s first ever feminine to pitch in Majors. CVA honored her with the game ball as depicted in the above photograph. In June, Zavala was named to that league’s all-stars. In response to three unnamed CSN sources working for Chula Vista American, Zavala is CVA’s first feminine all-star in any of its divisions, at the least up to now 10 years, and probably ever. In July, Zavala made historical past by profitable a District 42 all-stars championship. And on Tuesday, she raised the ante for District 42’s female ballplayers by profitable a Section 7 title.

Female makes history.

Chula Vista American’s 10U squad played its Section 7 event at Spring Valley’s ballpark. On Sunday, CVA played there on the similar time that Spring Valley’s personal 12U staff confronted off in El Cajon towards Sweetwater Valley. So, before watching Bonita’s killers, CaliSports Information’ Director of Little League drove a number of miles to catch up with Zavala earlier than her recreation in Spring Valley.

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(Yaretzi Amésquita Zavala in action through the 10U Section 7 event. Photograph courtesy of Jon Bigornia.)

As soon as I arrived, one in every of Zavala’s longtime coaches, Eric Miranda, launched me to the younger phenom. Yari remained silent. I spoke to her while Yari’s family and Miranda listened in. I started by informing the 10-year-old that she is her league’s first female all-star in 10 years, and doubtless ever. She smiled. I explained that she is the primary woman during that point to win a District 42 championship in any division. Her mouth literally dropped open. I then asked Yari how it feels to study all of that news. The child then spoke to me for the primary time. She stated one phrase: “Awesome!”

Yari’s whole audience of Miranda, her household, and myself burst out with laughter. Perhaps readers needed to be there to understand that second. Miranda provided the next relating to Zavala:

Provides boys a run for their money.

“I have always enjoyed Yari when I was able to coach her. I believe I have had the privilege three times now. She always comes ready to play, and always gives her best effort. She gives most of these boys a run for their money,” Miranda advised CaliSports News. Ed Lopez, who managed the Majors staff for which Zavala played during this previous regular season, agreed with Miranda.

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(Yaretzi Amésquita Zavala bats through the Southern California Section 7 event for 10U. Photograph courtesy of Jon Bigornia.)

“She is a player that you don’t have to supervise much. She plays hard at practices. Yari will always prepare. She will be prepared to play. She is anxious to get her practice work in with the bat,” Lopez advised CSN. Readers should recall Lopez. He is likely one of the volunteer umpires CSN featured in Let’s Meet District 42’s Males In Blue. As well as, he is the home plate umpire that appears in two of the pictures revealed in 2019 Most Inspirational Player Award Goes To …. Not only that, however Lopez served as the home plate ump within the district championship recreation mentioned in How Sweet It Is For Sweetwater Valley !!. Lopez also umped behind the plate through the contest between Eastlake and Sweetwater Valley mentioned in Smoking Sweetwater Valley To Battle Pink Scorching Park View. Yep. That’s Lopez pictured at the prime of that article as properly. That places Ed in the pictures on the prime of three CSN articles this summer time. Ed is all over the place.

Performs for the love of the game.

Anyway, Zavala began enjoying baseball at age four, after attending her cousin’s games. “I just wanted to play baseball”, she informed CaliSports News. Her cousin is Adriel Vásquez who played on Chula Vista American’s 12U all-stars final yr. I watched him play towards Sweetwater Valley. Lopez served as that recreation’s residence plate umpire. If Yari attended, what a small world. Lastly, I asked Yari what is her objective in baseball. The 10-year-old replied, “I want to hit a home run.”

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(Abigail Steffen bats in the course of the 2019 California District 42 Junior division finals. Photograph courtesy of Rodney Regala.)

In a means, Zavala jogs my memory of another District 42 female standout, Sweetwater Valley’s own Abigail Steffen. Abby bears the honour as her personal league’s first-ever feminine all-star in Majors. And guess what? In that Chula Vista American vs. Sweetwater Valley recreation that I attended, Steffen played towards Vásquez. Again, small world. This yr, Steffen reportedly turned the first female from any league to play in a District 42 all-star event within the Junior division.

Tall pitchers.

Apart from being pioneers among feminine Little Leaguers, I feel Zavala and Steffen share much in widespread. Each are pitchers, and both are tall. Zavala stands in as the tallest player on CVA’s 10U roster. Steffen towered over lots of her Sweetwater Valley teammates in the course of the past few years. Zavala is 4 years younger than Steffen, and is probably a youthful model of Abby, strolling in Steffen’s footsteps. Last yr, Abby performed within the finals for 12U all-stars, and this yr, Abby played within the Junior finals. Had the ball bounced Steffen’s method in either of those finals, as an alternative of Yari, Abby can be the primary female to win a District 42 championship.

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(Abigail Steffen pitches in the course of the 2019 California District 42 Junior division finals. Photograph courtesy of Rodney Regala.)

Speaking of Juniors, congratulations to Park View on profitable that division’s Section 7 title !!

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(Park View Little League wins the Southern California Section 7 Junior division. Photograph courtesy of Park View Little League.)

And, congratulations to Eastlake on profitable the Section 7 title within the 11-and-under division !!

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(Jordan Gomez of Chula Vista’s Eastlake Little League in the course of the 11U Section 7 event. Photograph courtesy of Jon Bigornia.)

The fearsome foursome strikes!

District 42 is on a roll! Its groups completed a clear sweep of Section 7, profitable championships in Junior, 12U, 11U, and 10U !! Amazingly, 4 totally different leagues captured these banners. The fearsome foursome strikes! In accordance with a District 42 spokesperson, that marks the primary time 4 of its leagues gained Section 7 titles in the identical yr. Wow! But extra historical past is made.

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(Reece Madden of Chula Vista American Little League pitches on Saturday. He solely gave up one hit and one run in Three and a couple of/Three innings, as CVA’s 10U all-stars gained, 8-1. Photograph courtesy of Jon Bigornia.)

CaliSports News shall proceed to offer updates on all District 42 teams still enjoying in tournaments. So, stick with CSN, SoCal’s undisputed leader in Little League protection.

Teamwork makes the dream work.

Subsequent, of the eight leagues in District 42 that personal Facebook pages, six shared 2019 Most Inspirational Player. CaliSports Information thanks everyone that shares our articles. Teamwork makes the dream work. When CSN sent to Eastlake final week’s article that includes Diego Falomir, not solely did that league submit the story on its Facebook web page, however certainly one of its spokespersons despatched the next e mail with permission to publish: “I remember that kid when we played an Intermediate game with him, and he is a great hitter! Thanks for sharing positivity! We need more of that these days,” Christine Decker-Hughes, Eastlake’s Info Officer, wrote to CSN.

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Equally, when CaliSports News sent that same article to South Bay Little League of Chula Vista, that league’s president responded with the following e-mail, once more with permission to share:

“I enjoyed your article on Diego from Southwest Little League. My 12-year-old daughter is the same age, so we have been playing against him for about five years now. It’s amazing because he is one of the best players out there! Thank you for covering some of the smaller leagues like Southwest, because our league is very similar,” Mark Englebrecht wrote to CSN.

My nine youngsters.

I hope readers recognize these emails. For the report, the three-headed beast’s 12U groups that played within the Little League World Collection lured me to District 42. No query about that. If not for that monster, I might never find out about Falomir. Nevertheless, now that I cowl that district, each league inside it, even the smallest ones, share CaliSports News’ consideration. I attempt to treat the nine leagues as I might try to treat nine of my own youngsters. Love every of them. I consider CSN demonstrated that this yr with its protection of district umpires, Falomir, and now Zavala. Plus, later this summer time, CSN hopes to present a serious story featuring past and present players from a number of of the district’s leagues, giant and small alike. Until then, Let’s Go SoCal !!

Okay youngsters, Dad shall log off rocking his snazzy new 2019 edition Sweetwater Valley t-shirt:

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(Photograph courtesy of Rabbi Rabbs.)