Friday the 13th in June turned out to be an unlucky day for four Tehachapi Little League teams who made it all the way to the finals of the California District 51 Little League Tournament of Champions.
In the softball division, Tehachapi would suffer a pair of defeats to Quartz Hill, while in the baseball division; the major Padres ended their impressive tournament bid with a 5-0 loss to West Lancaster in California City.
Meanwhile, in the tournament's lone home series, Tehachapi's upper minor Angles followed up impressive wins over Cal City with a hard-fought 15-4 championship game loss against the visiting Quartz Hill Yankees on June 13.
Tehachapi fell behind early, as Yankees' starting pitcher Brandon Boyer held the Angles scoreless through two.
But a two-out inside-the-park home run from shortstop Ryan Christy in the third kept Tehachapi in the game, trailing 6-1.
Quartz hill answered back with five more runs in the fourth, before a determined Tehachapi lineup scratched across three runs of its own in the bottom half of the frame, to narrow the gap 11-4.
Despite the final score, starting pitcher John Berry turned in a spectacular 4-plus-inning performance, before being relieved by Tyler Daubert, who worked his way out of a fifth-inning jam to keep the Angles in the hunt.
The District 51 Little League All-Star Tournament opens June 26, with Tehachapi Little League hosting seven tournaments through July 7, including the junior baseball Southern California State Championship on July 25 and 26.
2014 Tehachapi Little League All-Stars
9-10 year old baseball
Manager Jay Shipman
Cody Urso, Caiden Salcido ,Nathan Bruhl , J.W. Shipman, Luke Crammer, Michael Manes, Jackson Moodey, Tyler Love, John Berry, Camden Snell, Conner Davis, Devin Heckathorn, Turtle Thompson
11 year old baseball
Manager Brian Haws
Zach King, Jibari Ramos, Luke Debruyne, Slater Coe, Andrew Boys, Casey Wood, Dylan Palmateer, Andrew Campbell, SamOrenella, Joe Fox, Mason Madden, Shawn Lee, Logan Schultz
Major baseball (11-12) year olds
Manager Matt Deleo
Eli Fisher, Nathaniel Betz, Jamie Dayton, Riley Thompson, Daniel Boesler, Jacob Tye, Brayden Batson, Matthew Godde, Brian Cano, Brady Campbell, Jimmy Padgett, Wesley Schmidt, Zane Salcido
Manager Greg Messineo
Coby Klinnert, Nick Messineo, Garrett Snider, Tim Williams, Jalen Wallace, Marty Mc Irvin, Jake Cole, Brian Biscaluz, Adrian Mendoza, Kyle Cummings, Matt Alshaer, Noah Ledesma, Anthony Esparza, Josh LaMonte
Manager Brian Snider
Luke Williams, Luke Donckels, Ryan Nielsen, Alex Urso, Michael Klinnert, John Jones, Tyler Metzler, Nic Ledesma, Brett Walker, Chris Baxter, Yeager Jarrett, Logan Snider, Dawson Pendigras, Leo Cano, Brandon Bruce
Manager Rick Torres
Jessica Hoyt, Sophia Johnson, Michelle Orellana, Makensy Searcy, Desiree Torres, Samantha Haney, Lindsey Tye, Gracie Schnieder, Maddy Graff, Faith Acosta, Hayley Mejia, Emma Barrett
10-11 year old softball
Manager Tommy Kephart
Hailey Van Wey, Aleiyah Bryant, Hannah Deville, Makenna Kephart, Alexxis Cross, AileenPaulson, Marcella Madrigal, Gwen Leal, Elinor Figueirido, Kayla Johnson, Kaylee Peel, Alyssa Keith
Manager Troy Damian
Kristen Burgess, Meghan Daffern, Mikiah Oneal, Kennedy Caudle, Ashley McIrvin, Madison Peel, Jeanna Hammer, Bailey Damian, Cami Tiewater, Rachel Messineo, Livey Gonzales
Manager Berto Silva
Hailey Johnson Harper Franko, Jazzmin Silva, Kayle Braylee, Vanessa Swan, Una Abarquez, Reatta Cummings, Ariel Anderson, Samantha Steadman, Julliett Roberts, Kaylee Robinson, Evey Figerado, Erin Askins
Manager Diane Vine
Cozette Kenyon, Makayla Swan, Hannah Grimes, Roni Norris, Elizabeth Bathgate, ALexie Adams, Danielle Smith, Rebecca Kirk, Tori Vine, Alana Rouston, Robin Debruyne, Aimee Gonzales, Kylee Manning, Jorden Beggs, Alicia Camerena