All California final at the Pacific Southwest Babe Ruth Regionalsby Andy Morales on Jul. 30, 2013, under Sports
Tri Valley remained undefeated at the Pacific Southwest Babe Ruth Regionals Tuesday night after they knocked off the Tucson-Kino Bobcats 6-4 in the semifinal round at the Kino Sports Complex.
The Bobcats finished 3-2 in the tournament while Tri Valley improved to 5-0. Tri Valley is the Northern California representative while Westchester represents Southern California. Westchester is now 4-1 at the tournament after they outlasted the Ironwood Ridge Dirtybirds 11-9 in the other semifinal game.
The Dirtybirds (3-2) fell behind 9-3 after four innings but they sent 11 batters to plate in the top of the fifth to tie the game up at 9-9. The highlight of the inning was a bases-clearing triple from Nick Estrella to cut the lead down to 9-8. Estrella would then score on a single by Jake Engel to tie it up.
Westchester went back up after they scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth but the Dirtybirds loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the sixth to threaten again. Westchester ace Jay Sterner recovered and struck out the next three batters to end the threat.
Westchester will face Tri Valley in the regional final Wednesday night at 7 pm at the Kino Memorial Stadium. The winner will advance to the World Series in Virginia.
Ironwood Ridge Dirtybirds Roster
Manager: Dennis Toia
Coach: John Sugameli
Coach: Ian Reichert
Tucson Bobcats Roster
Jacob Campbell – Sabino
Cody Carpenter – Cienega
Tony Cecena – Sunnyside
Matt Coyle – Sabino
Joe Escarcega – Sunnyside
Jaime Garcia – Sabino
Najee Gaskins – Cienega
Marcus Mendez – Desert View
Peyton Payne – Sabino
Carlos Rico – Sabino
Manny Santa Cruz – Desert View
Garrett Tanner – Benson
Andres Trejo – Walden Grove
Alfredo Villa – Rincon
Manager: Carlos Rico
Coach: Glenn Gaskins
Coach: Matt Garcia
Coach: Mike Coyle
Although the Dirtybirds are made up of players from Ironwood Ridge, there is no affiliation between the school and the team as per AIA rules. The Dirtybirds were the Babe Ruth 13-15 state champions and they represented Arizona at the tournament.
The Tucson Bobcats became the Kino representative after they won the local league championship. As you can see, the team is made up of talent from the east and south side of Tucson with a couple of athletes playing from as far away as Benson and Sahuarita.
Desert Christian coach Grant Hopkins and Rincon/UHS coach Anthony Chavez threw out the ceremonial first pitches for the semifinal round.
Kino Sports Complex: July 27-31
Semifinals: Tuesday, July 30
Tri Valley 6, Tucson-Kino Bobcats 4
Westchester 11, Dirtybirds 9
Championship: Wednesday, July 31
Kino Memorial Stadium, 7 pm
Tri Valley vs. Westchester