The first game pitted the Dawgs against the Bay Valley Bombers of Tracy, whom the Dawgs beat 7-5.
Solid pitching by Howie Hicks, Tommy Munson and Ryan Jackson supported by great defense lead to the win. Triples by Richie Kabasinskas and Hicks secured it. On Saturday, the Dawgs handily beat the Bombers 11-3 and a tough Monterey Bay team 14-10.
In Sunday’s semifinal game, played in 104-degree temperatures, the Dawgs again faced Monterey Bay, this time prevailing by a score of 10-6. The championship game showcased the Dawgs and Brentwood’s Nor Cal Titans in a match-up of local rivals. The Dawgs got off to a great start by scoring four runs in the first inning, but the Titans rallied for three after two innings. Outstanding pitching in all seven innings by Munson and extraordinary team defense held the Titans to only one more run by the end of six frames.
In extra innings, the Dawgs loaded the bases, setting the table for leadoff hitter Jared Cruce, who drilled a shot that scored the winning run. Final score: Dawgs 5, Tiyans 4.
The 9U Delta Dawgs are coached by Mark Murray, Buzz Cruce and Jason Peterson with assistance from Paul Jackson. For information on tryouts, call 925-584-8066 or e-mail email@example.com. For more information on the Dawgs, visit www.deltadawgsbaseball.com.
– Contributed by Mary Wexler