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World Series, state ascents highlight baseball and softball summer seasons

Arroyo Seco Saints, Crescenta Valley-Foothill Junior and CV Minor All-Star teams enjoy finest seasons in 2013.

August 08, 2013|By Charles Rich and Andrew Shortall
  • The Arroyo Seco Saints 19U baseball team, which boasted nine local players, were one of several area squads that enjoyed successful summer runs. (Raul Roa/File Photo)
The Arroyo Seco Saints 19U baseball team, which boasted…

Many snapshot moments occurred throughout the 2013 Little League season.

Some local teams repeated achievements from a year ago, like the Arroyo Seco Saints run to the Palomino World Series and the Crescenta Valley-Foothill Junior All-Star softball team’s appearance in the Southern California State tournament.

Other teams had the joy of soaking up all new experiences and success. After a wild walk-off game in the District Tri-Cities tournament, the Crescenta Valley Kiwanis and Aristo minor softball teams joined forces for a Crescenta Valley 9-10 All-Star softball run in which they racked up District 16 and Section 2 titles and advanced to the Southern California State Championship final – going as far as a 9-10 team could possibly go.

Many players stood out on diamonds across the area before taking their talents to other regions. And there were plenty of wild moments along the way, from forfeits and walk-offs to surprise late additions to regional rounds.

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The following is a recap of the area's Little League season:

PALOMINO

With several local players and St. Francis High Coach Aaron Milam on board again, the Arroyo Seco Saints enjoyed another successful summer and matched the program’s best finish with a trip to the Palomino World Series semifinal in consecutive years.

“This team is everything to me. They have that fighting mentality and I love to be a part of it,” said Patrick Adams, a Crescenta Valley High product and Saint, after Arroyo Seco’s season-ending loss to Puerto Rico on Friday. “This has been a great experience to be on a team that battles every game and I couldn’t have asked for more.”

Arroyo Seco began the postseason competing in the PONY Southern California Regional Tournament at Jackie Robinson Field in Pasadena. It reached the championship game before falling, 10-5, to the Colton Nighthawks. The Saints grabbed one of the two spots from the tournament to advance to the West Zone Tournament in Compton.

Things appeared to turn south when Arroyo Seco lost consecutive games, as it opened the West Zone with a 3-1 loss to the San Jose Giants. The Saints rode the dip and continued to climb back up by winning their next five games to advance to the World Series. They stamped their ticket to the next round with a 6-3 victory over the South Bay Legacy.

“You have two teams with players going to big-time colleges and it’s about trending and making big plays,” Milam said.

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