NORTHEAST GLENDALE — In all facets of the game, it was a near perfect start to the Southern California All-Star Tournament.
The pitching was almost unhittable, the defense was flawless and the offense was balanced.
It all added up to an easy night for the La Crescenta Babe Ruth 15-year-old team.
Richie Alfonso pitched a complete game two-hitter and Jonny Psaltis had a game-changing three-run double in the third inning to lead La Crescenta to a 7-0 first-round victory against Simi Valley on Saturday at Stengel Field.
"This was a big momentum starter," said Alfonso, a sophomore at St. Francis.
Alfonso started strong Saturday. He did not allow a hit until Dustin Halpern had a bloop single to left field to start the fourth inning. Simi Valley couldn't produce another hit until the seventh inning.
Alfonso tossed 112 pitches, 63 for strikes, and struck out eight. He also walked four.