EL SEGUNDO HERALD July 18, 2019 Page 11
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third inning Spencer Osborne singled, stole
second and scored on Cole Knupfer’s RBI
single to make it 1-0. In the fourth inning,
El Segundo scored six runs on six hits highlighted
by Spencer Osborne’s bases-loaded
triple. In the fifth inning, Jaime Owen singled
and later scored on Townes Potter’s RBI
single. Wagner-Bagues and Andre Sugden
combined to hold Westchester to one hit
while striking out five.
El Segundo would have to win elimination
games Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to
advance to the Southern California State
tournament that starts on Saturday.
Babe Ruth 13-Year-Olds
Advance While 15s and 14s
The El Segundo Babe Ruth League has
had storied success. With four 13-15-year-old
World Series titles and one 13-year-old title
to its credit, El Segundo is well known for
its competitiveness and success.
The 15s, 14s and 13s each competed in the
Southern California Babe Ruth Tournament
with the winners advancing to the Pacific
Southwest Regional. Winners there advance
to the World Series. Not since 2013, when
El Segundo’s 13-year-olds won the World
Series, has a local team made it to the Pacific
El Segundo’s 13U Babe Ruth All-Stars
defeated Simi Valley Babe Ruth 7-0 to capture
the title. With the win, the team punched its
ticket to the Pacific Southwest Regional in
Price, UT beginning July 22
El Segundo finished the tournament 4-0
and outscored its opponents 40-6. El Segundo
defeated teams from Westchester, Torrance,
Frontier and Simi Valley Babe Ruth leagues.
The team was led by the outstanding pitching
of Max Martinez (1-0), Dylan Immel (3-0)
and reliever James Baldino. Timely hitting
and great defense helped lead the way for
El Segundo. Outstanding hitters were Immel,
Martinez, Cruz Ochoa, Lucas Bonham and
El Segundo won the opening game against
Westchester 13-1. In game two, El Segundo
had its hands full with local rival Torrance
and used two perfect squeeze bunts in the
fifth inning to take the lead and hold on for
a 5-3 win. The locals finished off Frontier
15-2 in the winner’s bracket final. El Segundo
advanced to the championship finals where
it defeated Simi Valley 7-0 highlighted by a
three-run homer by Nik Kvitek.
The 14s were eliminated after splitting their
first two games and losing the third game.
The 15s were loaded with El Segundo High
School players from the frosh/soph, JV and
varsity teams. They were hoping to advance
to the World Series in this, a special year. If
so, they would have been greeted by members
of the 1969 team from El Segundo that won
a World Series and who have been invited
for a 50-year reunion. But things didn’t go
as planned and El Segundo went 2-2 and
fell in the final.
El Segundo faced Torrance in the first game
and came away with a 7-3 win. Trailing 2-0
in the fourth inning Lloyd Sapanza singled
and scored on Jack Stoker’s RBI double
and then came home himself on a passed
ball. In the fifth inning Alex Corvera singled
and Brendan McAndrews walked. Sapanza’s
RBI double made it 3-2. James Pearson’s
RBI single extended the lead to 4-2. Stoker
drew a walk and Cooper Stolnack was hit
by a pitch to load the bases. Trevor Steele
unloaded on a two-run double to give his team
a 6-2 lead. In the seventh inning, Stolnack
tripled to left centerfield and scored on an
overthrow on the play. Torrance combined
one hit, two walks and a hit batter to score
a run in the seventh inning to make it 7-3.
El Segundo faced Hartwell from Long
Beach and fell in a close one 2-0. Owen
Kirsten started for El Segundo and pitched
well enough to win. He gave up two earned
runs on five hits while El Segundo’s offense
struggled all game long. Pearson had two of
his team’s four hits.
El Segundo and Torrance faced off in the
elimination contest. It was a game full of great
defense and excitement and wasn’t decided
until the seventh inning when El Segundo
overcame a 3-2 deficit with a walk-off tworun
single to win 4-3.
In the first inning, Torrance took a 2-0
lead when it took advantage of two hits, a
walk and a hit batter. El Segundo dodged a
big inning by Torrance when the latter had
loaded the bases with two hit batters and a
single. McAndrews helped his team get out
of the inning with a double play.
El Segundo tied the game in the third inning
when Conrad Bernstein and Sapanza
each singled and scored on an error later in
the inning. In the fourth inning El Segundo
loaded the bases with no outs, but Torrance’s
pitching induced two strikeouts and a fly ball
to end the inning. In the sixth inning Eddy
Grant singled and Stolnack walked, but both
In the seventh inning, Torrance scored an
unearned run to take a 3-2 lead. In the bottom
of the inning, Grant singled and Stolnack
reached on a walk. Steele moved the runners
up on a ground ball and that brought Marquis
Wright up as a pinch hitter. He unloaded on
a 1-1 pitch and delivered a two-run walk-off
single to give El Segundo the 4-3 win.
El Segundo’s all-star run ended when -it
fell to Hartwell in the finals.
Softball team Qualifies
for Western Nationals
El Segundo’s 14u All-Star softball team
qualified for the USA Girls Fast Pitch Western
Nationals after placing 11th in the California
B State Championship tournament. The
team will head to Redding, CA July 23-28
to represent El Segundo and compete for the
Western National title.
Nootbaar and Palmer Watch
Lars Nootbaar continues to play well for
the Double-A Springfield Cardinals of the
Texas League. Nootbaar is hitting .318 while
playing one of the corner outfield spots.
Jake Palmer continues to turn heads playing
in the Cape Cod Collegiate Baseball League.
As an outfielder for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red
Sox, Palmer is hitting .296 in 19 games. •
Gio Blanco is greeted after his second home run.
El Segundo celebrates its District 36 championship. Lloyd Sapanza struck out six in four innings against Torrance.
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