The following information is a recap of the previous week’s play for the Wilshire Warriors PONY Baseball League. The Wilshire Warriors offer tee ball, coach-pitch and baseball divisions. Practices and home games are held at Pan Pacific Park and John Burroughs Middle School. For information, visit wilshirewarriors.com.
The 13U Warriors had a stellar pitching performance from Brian Harley and triples from Brayden Stark, Jack Wells and Seth Zermeno to pound the Waves in a Mid-Valley League game last Sunday in Encino. Harley retired all nine batters he faced on j19 pitches. The shorthanded 13U Warriors got help from Joey Light Rake and Ava Yood Howard, who played last Sunday to fill the roster.
The 12U Warriors faced a tough Ranger team and used a combination of a few big hits, small ball and clutch pitching to win by a score of 5-4. In the bottom of the first inning, Joey Light Rake hit a single and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Jackson Benattar smashed a fly ball double that fell six feet short of the wall to score Light Rake. Benattar stole third base, and scored on a wild throw, giving the Warriors an early 2-0 lead.
The Rangers battled back, posting three runs in the second inning to jump back out to a 3-2 advantage. Each team pushed a run across in the third inning and the Rangers maintained a one run lead.
Warriors pitcher Teagan Disharoon held the Rangers to no runs and only one hit in the fourth and the fifth innings. The Warriors had one last shot in the fifth inning, while down a run. Ava Yood Howard led off with an eight-pitch walk and stole second base. Newcomer Sean Joo had a sacrifice bunt to move Yood Howard over, but a wild throw scored Yood Howard and left Joo at first base with no outs. After Joo stole second base, Alexander Saul moved him over with a ground ball to the right side, and Disharoon bunted him home for the victory.
11U Warriors Blue
The 11U Warriors Blue (2-0-1) tied the Breakers by a score of 1-1 in a Mid-Valley League game last Sunday, with two spectacular sixth inning fielding plays robbing the Warriors’ Boon Fay and Connor Rice of extra-base hits. Kai Moran punched in Rice for the Warriors’ only run, as both teams pitched two-hitters. The Warriors’ Braden Lowe threw three more shutout innings to bring his consecutive scoreless streak to seven innings. Aidan Forte and Lowe each had three put-outs apiece. Under head coach Matt Magallon’s, Blue Team also is showing defensive flare. Shortstop Forte and pitcher/third baseman Lowe each had three put-outs on the day. Fay, meanwhile, made a solid play at the center-field wall to rob the Breakers of an extra-base hit.
11U Warriors Orange
The 11U Warriors Orange Team (1-1) chose to barnstorm rather than enter often unforgiving Mid-Valley League play in their first season, and the squad is having some early success playing “friendly” games under head coach Andrew Sember. After losing a friendly game to the SoCal Monarchs at VCAA in Encino on March 14, the 11U Orange team used five pitchers and a timely triple by Enzo Scura to score a 14-5 win over the Lions during a game in Koreatown last Sunday.
The Warriors 10U Blue Team (2-1) rolled to an easy win in Mid-Valley League play, beating the Sherman Oaks Vipers by a score of 19-5. Owen West (three hits), along with Colin Kneafsey and Jonah Hentry (two hits apiece) led the Warriors offensively, with Finn O’Brien and West providing solid pitching efforts.
9U Warriors Blue
After struggling in Mid-Valley play as an 8U team last year, the Warriors 9U Blue Team seems to be finding its way under coach Dave “Boomer” Evans. The Blue (1-2) lost a 4-3 decision to the Toluca Terror last Sunday, but they’re starting to compete against the upper echelons of Mid-Valley’s tough 9U division. The Warriors’ Blue team jumped out to an early lead with three runs in the first inning off hits from Joseph Norris, Luther Tostrud and Devin Aure. They let the Terror back into the game, however, with a four-run fourth inning. The Warriors also left two runners on base in the fifth inning. Warriors staff ace Muse Beale pitched two shutout innings and Oz Robinson pitched one inning without letting in a run.
9U Warriors Orange
In their first year of competition under head coach John DeGomez, the 9U Warriors Orange team (0-3) continue to show flashes of solid play in the Mid-Valley League. In their second consecutive loss to the San Fernando Valley Cats, by a 14-6 decision, the Warriors were sparked by the spectacular play of shortstop Luca Ruggiero, who turned a sure base hit up the middle into a surprise first base throw-out in the second inning. Ruggiero also led a double play in the fourth inning. The Warriors received offensive production from Levi Rice, Reece Frankel and Cutter East, who each singled and scored runs off three stolen bases. The fast-developing Orange team is still looking for consistency and to match up the improving aspects of its game. Solid first-inning pitching by Frankel was undone by three Warrior fielding errors, for example. And Chris Appel’s shutout inning on the mound, which included Ruggiero doubling up a Valley Cats runner at third, was followed by a fourth inning flameout by the Warriors at the plate after the team had produced five runs in the prior inning.
The 8U Warriors (0-3), also playing under head coach John DeGomez, fell to the East Valley Eagles 10-2. The Warriors received offensive production from Beckett Hutchens, Jack Lafitte, Wyatt Kline and Edward Maxam, while Nate Severy provided solid pitching.
Tasting travel ball competition in the Mid-Valley league for the first time, the 7U Warriors lost a pair of games last Sunday to the Dynamite and Black Widows. However, the youthful Warriors did enjoy some highlights, including Will Suslow’s double that brought in Lachian Quinn and Josh Resendiz-Silvan. The Warriors also received strong pitching from Will Suslow and Quinn, the latter of whom struck out a Black Widow batter who had homered during his previous attempt at the plate. Ryder Engelhardt also knocked in a run in the first game against the Dynamite.
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