ESCONDIDO – Starting pitcher Carson Hamro threw 11 strikeouts Friday night, allowing just one hit as the Rancho Buena Vista Majors All-Star team defeated San Carlos 1-0 in a Section 6 elimination game at Escondido National Little League fields.
“He manned up. He turned from a boy to a man right there,” RBV manager John DeLuca said of his pitching ace on the 11- and 12-year-old all-star team. “We played good bunt defense. They tried to lay the bunt down on us, and we didn’t let that happen.”
Photos by Shawn Hobson
Hamro reached his pitch limit of 85 pitches – the maximum allowed per game by Little League rules – after walking the first batter in the top of the sixth. Diego Holguin replaced him on the mound and closed the game out for RBV, striking out the last two batters.
San Carlos starting pitcher Giovanni Giganiti turned in a great performance of his own, throwing nine strikeouts and allowing just three hits in five innings. One of those hits came off Hamro’s bat, an RBI single in the first inning. Jordan DeLuca scored the only run of the game after reaching base on a walk.
“That was a tremendous pitching duel,” San Carlos manager Eric Helfand said. “Our pitcher pitched spectacular, and their pitcher pitched more spectacular. That was a great baseball game – great pitching and great defense.”
The win was a reversal from a 14-5 loss handed to RBV by San Carlos on Tuesday night. Their coach credited the team’s desire to win.
“Overall, the kids came out here with a positive attitude,” DeLuca said.
San Carlos came close to tying the game in the fifth inning. Max Shabester led off the inning with a walk, and Matthew Berry laid down a sacrifice bunt advancing Shabester to second. Jaden Wilcox then struck out, but the next batter Mateo Medina walked. Shabester advanced to third.
Medina took off to steal second, and RBV catcher Connor Jobe threw to the shortstop Cole Prosser for an unsuccessful tag on the sliding Medina. Shabester, who was on third, dashed for home plate. Prosser threw back to Jobe, who tagged the sliding Shabester for an out.
San Carlos lost two games in a row – the only losses the District 33 champions suffered this all-star season – in the Section 6 Tournament. Their first loss was an 8-6 defeat by the Encinitas Little League on Thursday.
“I told the kids that I was very proud of them,” Helfand said. “I hope what they take away from all of this is how to be part of something bigger than just what they do. “I don’t know if they get it yet, but someday they will.”
The District 70 champions play next against District 31 champion Encinitas on Sunday at 10 a.m. With a win, Encinitas advances to the Southern California Sub-Division Tournament to be played at Ladera Ranch Little League.
For RBV to advance, the Vista team will have to beat the defending Southern California champs two times in a row.
“We’re going to go out there swinging,” DeLuca said. “We have to double dip them, but I think we can.”
SCLL 000 000 – 0 1 1
RBV 100 00x – 1 3 0
Hamro, Diego Holguin (6) and Connor Jobe. Giovanni Giganti and Tyler Helfand. W – Hamro. L – Giganti. 1B – Hamro (RBV), Zack Hobson (RBV), Nathan Devore (RBV), Tyler Hefland (SC). Records: San Carlos 6-2. Rancho Buena Vista 5-2.
Other All-Star Score
Section 6 Age (10-11) Division
At Encinitas Little League
District 33 San Carlos 11, District 70 Vista American 0, 4 innings, VALL eliminated. Section 6 (10-11) Bracket
Today’s All-Star Games
Section 6 Age (9-10) Division
At Ron Ortega Recreation Park, Oceanside
District 70 Rancho Buena Vista vs. District 32 Point Loma, 11 a.m., elimination game. Section 6 (9-10) Bracket
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