LA CRESCENTA — Early offense put the Jewel City Bears Junior Baseball team in the driver's seat, but consistently effective pitching and defense drove it home to the Tri-Cities District 16 Tournament of Champions title with a 7-2 win over Crescenta Valley Kelly & Small Accounting on Wednesday night at Dunsmore Park.
Jewel City starting pitcher Eric Winner went 5 2/3 innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts to earn the win, as the Bears played nearly error-free defense behind him throughout the night.
"It's pretty cool," Winner said of claiming the title. "I was pretty comfortable [on the mound]. My defense was working, my pitches were hitting the outside corners."
The Bears took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Fidel Hernandes led off the game with double and later scored on a groundout by Winner. The lead doubled in the second inning thanks to a two-out, run-scoring single off the bat of Hernandes that plated courtesy runner Michael Brian.