The Del Mar National League Bulls won the AAA Championship for Del Mar Little League on Saturday, June 1, by a score of 10-8 against the Del Mar American League Blue Wahoos at Sage Canyon Community Park. It was an exciting game, as the Bulls’ Joey Stack opened the game throwing strikes, but the Wahoos’ hot bats rung up 5 runs in the top of the first. The Bulls responded with 3 runs to end the first inning.
The Bulls continued to chase the Wahoos’ lead, with Andrew Mitchell providing middle relief. In the bottom of the 4th inning Jack Bao chose the right time to hit his first home run, adding 3 runs to the Bulls’ total and tying the game 8-8. The Wahoos rallied in the top of the 5th putting two on with one out when Jeffrey Hansen and Stafford Anderson combined on a double play to end the threat. The Bulls took the lead 10-8 in the bottom of the 5th, leading to the top of the 6th inning where Stafford’s pitching and the Bulls’ defense held the visiting Wahoos scoreless to win the game.
The Bulls were managed by Gary Anderson, with coaches Larry Jackel, David Mitchell, and Bob Farber. They carried a 12-man roster: Joey Stack, Christopher Thomason, Jack Bao, Jeffrey Hansen, Andrew Mitchell, Alex Reisman, Brady Farber, Stafford Anderson, Ryan Jackel, Alex Ruiz, Nico Macchione, and Ronak Roy. Every player contributed throughout the year, recording a 10-5-2 season, while the Blue Wahoos put together an amazing 16-1 year. The teams met twice during the season, winning once each. Both teams swept through the playoff bracket to meet a third time on Del Mar Little Leagues “Championship Saturday.”