A pair of Tehachapi Little League baseball claimed north district championships this past week, while reaching district title rounds.
First, were the 9-10 and 12 year old baseball teams.
The 10's went 4-1, including a double-header to beat Bishop and take claim their crown, while the 12's won three games straight to grab their North Area Championship title, and then ripped it up in Kernville over the July 4th weekend. Several players hit home runs, including Eli Fisher (3), Daniel Boesler (2) and Riley Thomson, who hit his first-ever ling ball.
Both the 10’s and 12’s then moved on to their respective district championship tournaments, and despite home runs from Boesler and 10-year-old Michael Manes, both were eliminated. The 11-year-olds were also lost in three games in their district tournament.
In the meantime, the juniors went undefeated in the three games of their district tournament championship wrapping up the title with a 10-5 win in Palmdale on July 11.
The junior pitching staff was stellar, allowing just eight earned runs. Offensively, they were led by Jalen Wallace who clubbed a home run to lead off game two, and Koby Klinnert, Garrett Snider, Marty McIrvin, and Noah Ledesma, who drove in the winning mercy run with a walk off single in the first game of the tournament against American Indian Little League.
However, Tehachapi's luck ran out in the first round of the section tournament in La Crescenta, on July 13, as they were eliminated by Crescenta Valley, 8-2.
The senior team began tournament play on July 15, in Manhattan Beach, but was eliminated by Pacific Coast 6-2 one day after falling 13-1 to La Mirada.
The 12-year-old major team went undefeated in their district tournament championship game, before be defeated by longtime rivals Quartz Hill in the championship game.
Tehachapi outscored their opponents 48-18 in their first four games, getting some outstanding performances from pitchers Bailey Damian, Kristen Burgess and Meghan Daffern.
Offensively, Makiha Oneal, Damian, Kennedy Caudle, Kaylee Peel and Burgess led the way.
The juniors meanwhile, went undefeated and wrapped up their district championship tournament on July 11 in Lancaster, walking away with the district 51 title, after pounding Rosamond 21-1.
They advanced to the section tournament in Scholl Canyon Park, on July 15, but were eliminated after losing to La Crescenta Valley in game in the first round.
Finally, the 9-10, 10-11, and senior teams were all eliminated during their first tournaments.