The Menace baseball organization once again showed its dominance by having another one of its teams demonstrate why they are one of the area’s most successful travel baseball programs. In their first USSSA tournament, the Menace and its 10U team won it all in a performance that was nothing short of amazing last weekend.
Saturday at the tournament, which was called the ‘Premier’, it was all about playing hard during pool play for the Menace so they could set the table for Sunday. During their first game of pool play they shut out the Los Altos Gauchos in 4 short innings with # 4 Jared Mannino and # 27 Logan Gonzalez leading the team offensively going 2 for 2 during the game. Defensively # 21 Jhonas Richards pitched a shutout with 6 strikeouts 2 hits and 1 walk.
As the chilly evening air set in on Saturday, their second game would prove to be one of the most exciting games of the tournament, going 8 innings before the Menace were able to overcome the LA Xtreme in a 2-1 battle of pitching and defense.
The Menace would face the number two team in the 10U AAA division, the Los Alamitos Rampage on Sunday morning to wrap up pool play. Despite a great performance, the menace lost the game 6 – 5, but due to their seeding, the Menace would return that same day to face the Rampage in the finals where they would wind up beating them 11-6.
Prior to the defeat the Rampage hadn’t trailed a team throughout the tournament but in the end the Menace proved to be the Premier team that day.
During the championship game, the Menace was a totally different team than they were the previous game. Gonzalez got the win, but it wasn’t until the top of the 6th when they took control of the game.
Offensively, Jhonas Richards led the hit parade going 3 for 3, # 12 Harley Norris showed his hitting prowess by laying down a sac bunt and getting an RBI in the top of the second, while newcomer # 15 Grant Corona’s bat woke up and helped the Menace take the final lead of the game to finish off the Rampage.
“Our 10U team played some good baseball against some really strong teams this weekend, and the boys did what they needed to do to win. They never gave up and it says a lot about a team’s character when you can go out to a game, play 6 innings only have 1 hit and still win the game,” exclaimed head coach Taylor George.