TCLL (AAA) Aztecs Triumphant at District 68 Minor TOCUpdated Monday June 13, 2016 by Trabuco Canyon Little League.
Finishing the season on another long winning streak, the Minor (AAA) TCLL Aztecs rattled off 9 in a row (4 in the Tournament of Champions) to capture the District 68 Banner for Trabuco Canyon Little League.
The boys continued to improve their play as the competition stiffened. Mason Londre began the tournament with a complete game 5-1 victory over the #1 Seed from Rancho Mission Viejo. Connor Yates and Jake DeMond got the offense going with a couple of doubles. The win meant the boys would face the #1 Seed from Santa Margarita National. More great pitching and defense were on display, as Mason Londre, Ryan Bock and Connor Yates combined to give up only 4 runs. The offense churned out 14 runs of their own, with huge contributions from Campbell Schamel, Dean Hayashi and Taggart Donohue. The defense was quarterbacked by Jake Frey with several catches in center field.
The win moved the boys to the semi-finals. Light rain was falling as the boys took the field against the #1 seed from Ladera Ranch National. The tone was set early and often as Connor Yates pitched a complete game shutout on 61 pitches. He was backed-up by his trusty defense, with great outfield plays by Alex Zeppos and Patrick Tracy and superb plays at 3rd Base by Jake DeMond. Taggart Donohue manufactured the only run of the game with a triple to the fence, scoring on a wild pitch.
This earned the boys a trip to the finals, where they would face yet another #1 seed, this time from South Mission Viejo. Mason Londre once again took the mound to see if he could get his 3rd win of the tournament. After a scoreless first inning, the bats caught fire. Colman Ramos got the scoring started with a 2-run single to left field. The flood gates were opened as Ryan Bock came up shortly after and launched a bases clearing triple. After pitching another scoreless inning, the Aztecs tacked on more runs with hits by Alex Zeppos, Campbell Schamel, Dean Hayashi, Connor Yates and another bases clearing triple by Ryan Bock. All told, the team racked up 13 hits. Mason finished the game as he induced a game ending fly-ball to center field, where Taggart Donohue calmly pulled it in and the celebration was on.
These boys played 32 games this season and finished with a record of 27-5. But you can only get better (and these boys did each game) by playing some very good competition throughout the season. So on behalf of the Aztec players and families, we would like to thank all of the TCLL volunteers and especially the AAA managers (Mark Bisbee, Jeff Richardson, Rick Seanor and Mark Quick) who made us work hard each and every game!
Look for these kids names in the rafters at the Wagon Wheel fields!