The Santa Cruz County Generals 13U traveling baseball team continued their winning ways to open up their 2014 season at the Aptos Polo Grounds this past weekend.
The Generals 13U went undefeated in the six-team 13U division by scoring 31 runs and allowing 11 on defense, finishing with the best differential in the tournament.
The Generals went 2-0 in Saturday’s pool play games. They started off strong by beating the Pleasanton Thunder easily 8-0 behind some great pitching by Luis Montero and Josh Barry, who combined on a no-hitter in 6 innings.
Then the Santa Cruz County kids won their 2nd pool game with a score of 12-5 versus Norcal Impact of Santa Rosa. Giovanni Besio entered the 1st inning in relief on the mound and allowed two runs through 5 innings. Offensive standouts in this game were Luis Gonzales, Alex Adame and Erik Huie all batting 1.000 in the game.
Going unbeaten in play cemented them in the second seed in the playoffs, and matched up versus the three seed Fresno 51’s in Sundays semifinal game.
There would be no upset either as the Generals outlasted the Fresno 51’s with a final score of 8-3 and a ticket to the championship game.
They went on to face the number one seed and also undefeated Ceres Blaze in the finals.
Generals 13U pitcher Maximilian Ramirez IV came in relief in the third inning with the score 0-2 in favor of the Blaze and went on to virtually shut down the Blaze’ offense and kept them quiet for the remainder of the game. The Generals offense was able to score their first run in the fourth inning. Huie led off the bottom of the inning with a shot that sparked the offense.
Generals 13U offense was ignited and went on to score four more runs to take down the number one seeded Blaze and win the championship game with a comeback. Final score was 5-3.
Generals 13U player Barry was named the Stolen Base King of the tournament. Luis Montero was named Strike Out King of the Tournament. Other standouts for the weekend were Adame going 5-7 and four runs. Barry went 7-13, with four stolen bases and two runs scored. Issac Gonzales finished 8-13 and two runs scored. Huie finished 9-13, scoring seven runs and stealing four bases. Ramirez IV was 11-13, and he added four stolen bases and scored five runs.
The Generals 13U look forward to competing at an even higher level as they prepare to go to war in Sunnyvale Aug. 24-25 at Twin Creeks Sports Complex.
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