San Gabriel Valley, which captured the World Series in 2004, 2006 and 2007, then proceeded to win the Southern Pacific Regional crown in Watsonville. San Gabriel Valley suffered a 2-0 loss to Modesto in the championship contest before regrouping to pick up a 9-1 win in the if-necessary game. Nate Rousey had a key single and scored a run to propel San Gabriel Valley, which earned a trip to the World Series in Moses Lake, Wash.
San Gabriel Valley began the World Series with a 10-2 pool-play win against Baxter, Tenn., as Crescenta Valley’s Elliott Surrey collected four hits. It then rallied for a 4-3 victory against Lake Minnetonka, Minn. Pitcher Danny Vargas struck out six and scattered four hits to earn the victory.
San Gabriel Valley then cruised to an easy 11-4 win against Long Island before falling to host Columbia Basin, Wash., 9-2, in a final pool-play contest. The loss forced San Gabriel Valley to take part in a quarterfinal game in which several Crescenta Valley players contributed in a 9-2 win against Cape Cod., Mass.