The District 16 All-Star Tournament kicked off at South Pasadena’s own Nelson field. South Pasadena Little League (SPLL) hosted this year’s tournament where Los Angeles, Alhambra, Temple City National, El Monte National, and two SPLL teams battled for the District Title.
Game 1 SPLL defeats Temple City National 10-1
South Pasadena’s Major All-Stars began the tournament with a win against Temple City National. Devin Robinson and Phillip Ocon both hit home runs in the first inning for an early lead. Temple City National was sure-handed in the field and didn’t commit a single error, but they couldn’t compete with the South Pasadena offense. The game ended early after the fourth inning because of Little League International’s 10 run “mercy” rule. SPLL’s biggest inning was driven by a fielder’s choice by Jason Yipp, and singles by Luke Riffle, Henry McDonald and Baron Lutz. Nolan Adams led the team in RBI’s, doubling home runs in both the third and fourth innings. Adams also earned the win for SPLL on the mound. He went two innings, giving up zero runs, one hit, striking out two, and walking zero. Both Ivan Beccera and Jonathan Bracamonte also contributed to the win, each collecting multiple hits.
GAME 2 SPLL defeats El Monte National 10-0
South Pasadena again jumped out to an early lead over El Monte National. Baron Lutz drove in two when he singled in the first inning. In the second, Riffle contributed with a home run and Calhoun Lutz hit a solid double. The game broke open in the third when South Pasadena scored five runs. Beccera started the rally with a solid single, Yipp homered and McDonald doubled. Adams earned the win. He threw three innings, allowing zero runs, one hit, striking out two, and walking one. South Pas didn’t commit a single error in the field.
GAME 3 SPLL defeats Temple City National 38-0
Under Little League International rules, games are required to play 3 and ½ innings before the “mercy rule” can end the game. SPLL All-Stars showcased their hitting in the final game with a crushing win over Temple City National. Adams led the effort by driving in 11 runs and dominating on the mound. He tossed two innings, allowing zero runs, zero hits, striking out four, and walking zero. In addition to his incredible performance on the mound, Adams homered 3 times in the first inning, including two grand slams. South Pasadena’s bats were unstoppable. Devin Robinson contributed with a home run in the first inning and McDonald homered in the first and third. Overall, South Pasadena had 25 hits in the game. Baron Lutz, Becerra, Joshua (Finny) Ho, Bracamonte, and Yipp each collected multiple hits. SPLL’s defense was sure-handed and didn’t commit a single error. After the third inning, the game was finally called and SPLL captured the District 18 Championship for the first time since 2012.
SPLL Now Heads to Section Tournament
SPLL’s Major All-Stars will continue playing. The team now represents District 18 in the Section Tournament.