Although Southern California is locked into June gloom and cool temperatures, the Palisades 10U All Star baseball team is off to sizzling start, winning the Championship Game at a tournament in Las Virgenes last weekend.
For the Blue Crew, formerly known as the Nachos, this was their second championship over the past three weekends and their current record is 13-1.
The 15-member team is tough offensively and defensively during tournament games, with the Crew outscoring their opponents 51-6.
On the mound the team was led by Henry Wyman, Will Hill, Dylan Hartuian and Blake Milinovich. Wyman and Hill had complete game victories, first in the semis and then the finals. Each pitcher struck out eight batters across five innings.
Perrish McGinn broke open the Championship game with a two-out, two-run double. Remy Moore added two hits and Wil Hoffman had a key two-out RBI single.
Sam Foster and Jackson Moore provided essential pitching and hitting to help secure the victories.
The team was aided by timely hitting from Ethan Montnimy and Max Yost. The stellar defense from Hudson Tucker, Cy Murphy, Isaac Ungerledier and Kellen Whalen helped the Blue Crew to a 20-2 margin across the final two games.
The 15-member team is coached by David Hoffman, Brad Hill and Blake Tucker and one of the few baseball teams to have active cheerleaders.
The group starts PONY Sanctions tournaments next weekend in Camarillo. “We hope to build upon their quick start en route to the International World Series,” Hoffman said.