Valley Cats place 3rd in tourney

August 10, 2010

Bits and pieces from the local sports scene.

Baseball team impresses at tournament: The Valley Cats 12-and-under baseball team enjoyed its share of success this past season.

However, the squad might have enjoyed its biggest accomplishment recently when the Pony travel team participated in the Triple Crown World Series in Steamboat Springs, Colo.

In the event that concluded earlier this month, the area squad placed third

Only teams that qualified first or second in Triple Crown tournaments during the season were allowed to participate in the World Series.


The Valley Cats competed against teams from across the United States, winning their first six games with victories against squads from Texas, Colorado and Utah. Three of the wins came by way of mercy rule.

The Valley Cats placed third in the Division 1 Majors bracket, which included 23 teams.

The win allowed the Valley Cats to earn a No. 3 ranking in the nation. The Florida Clat Bat won the division, defeating the locals, 8-4.

One of the high moments for the Valley Cats came when they played against a Texas Baseball team that was undefeated. Down, 8-6, in the sixth inning with two out and Aidan Anding and Ryan Lopez on base, Martin Figueroa came up with a walk-off home run to propel the locals to a 9-8 victory.

In the skills competition, the Valley Cats placed second in the around-the-horn competition and Jose Campos won first place for throwing for distance.

The Valley Cats were coached by Al Lopez, Gerry Perez, Jose Campos and Frank Gonzalez. The team also included, Tanner Whitlock, Max Haddad, Evan Carden, Gerry Perez, Cesar Zamarripa, Joseph Bangle and Anthony Gonzalez.

Hirsch earns International League honor: Resident Jason Hirsh, a right-handed pitcher and California Lutheran University graduate, has recently come up big on the mound for Scranton Wilkes-Barre, the triple-A affiliate of the New York Yankees.

His last two trips to the mound led to him picking up victories and an accolade – International League Pitcher of the Week.

On Sunday, Hirsh, 26, went a season-best eight innings to help power Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to a 12-3 road win against the Pawtucket Red Sox. Hirsh, who is 3-0 in his last three starts, struck out a season-high nine batters to improve to 8-7 and bring his earned-run average below 4.00 for the first time since late May.

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