Not much changed in one day for the Crescenta Valley and Vaquero/Jewel City-Jewish War Veterans 10- and 11-year-old softball teams.
Just like Saturday’s game that Crescenta Valley won with a mercy rule, Vaquero/Jewel City-Jewish War Veterans issued too many walks and made mistakes in the field that led to its downfall.
Crescenta Valley took advantage of eight walks and five errors en route to defeating Vaquero/Jewel City-Jewish War Veterans, 13-2, on Sunday in the championship game of the Little League District 16 Tournament at Scholl Canyon Park. The game was called at the end of the fifth inning because of the 10-run mercy rule.
“We kept it the same,” Crescenta Valley Coach Joe Labellarte said. “We ran the same program. The girls had fun and it showed.”
Crescenta Valley (2-0) will look to continue its winning ways in the Section 2 Tournament, which begins Saturday at 6 p.m. at Quartz Hill. Crescenta Valley will play the District 51 representative in the two-team, double-elimination tournament. The second game of the tournament will be played on Sunday at 6 p.m., with the if-necessary contest scheduled for July 9.
“It’s going to be rough, but we’re going to give it our all,” Labellarte said. “We have a young team. We have a few bugs to work out, but we’re going to be ready.”
Crescenta Valley was prepped to eliminate Vaquero/Jewel City-Jewish War Veterans.
It did so after collecting five hits and capitalizing on miscues that led to nine unearned runs.
Brianna McReynolds and Michela Labellarte had two hits apiece, with Bella Maestas producing the other. McReynolds led her team with three runs, finishing the tournament with a team-best six runs and four hits.
“I do well with pressure,” McReynolds said. “We also have a pretty good team. We have a whole catching and pitching system that’s pretty good.”
Maestas and Labellarte were also pretty good, scoring two runs each, as nine players scored for Crescenta Valley. Taylor Hoogenhuizen, Melissa Iyoya, Kaitlyn Dols, Peyton Marshall, Lizzy Akhkashian, and Francesa Nolte each scored.
“Everyone was hitting and doing what we were supposed to do,” said Michela Labellarte, who combined with McReynolds (two innings pitched) and Hoogenhuizen (two) to allow just two hits and strike out 11.
Vaquero/Jewel City-Jewish War Veterans – which fell behind, 11-2, on Saturday before losing, 16-5, -- kept it close Sunday. It took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Galilea Guzman doubled home Diane Castillo, but Crescenta Valley responded with four runs in the third as it began to pull away. Danae Castillo also scored for Vaquero/Jewel City-Jewish War Veterans.
Said Vaquero/Jewel City-Jewish War Veterans Coach Christina Cruz: “A few errors, that’s what made the difference. But my girls gave it their all. I’m proud of our season. We came a long way.”