Two Los Banos all-star teams were crowned champion of District 73 last weekend, with Mike Wilson's 10-year-old team gliding through the bracket in four games and Gary Silva's junior (13-14-year-olds) team coming through the loser's bracket to win the double-elimination bracket.
Both teams play their first game of the Section 6 tournament against District 8 champion Sunrise Little league at 2 p.m. Saturday at Weston Park in Stockton.
The 10-year-olds won all four games of the District 73 tournament by 10-run rule, taking down Turlock National 13-3, Atwater 11-1, Yosemite 14-4 and Yosemite again 19-6 in the championship.
"They all hit the ball," Wilson said. "When you score 19 runs, even the ones who had one or two at bats a game, they had good at bats, got walks when they needed. They were determined."
Defensively, the team was almost as good.
"Our pitching, a big part of it was Landon Ramos and Connor Cascia. They pitched in every game," Wilson said. "We scored a bunch of runs our bats were alive all four games. We 10-runned every team we faced. Our pitching held them there, and our kids have been busting their butt to get where they are. Going into sections next weekend will be a whole other ballgame."
Wilson said the team has been fun to coach, which can be difficult to achieve when both players' and parents' egos get involved.
"There's a lot of character. The kids are just really good kids. It made it easy, I don't have one attitude problem, no attitude problems with the parents. That's the biggest thing right there, both the parents and kids. It makes it easy to coach. Every kid's got their own little quirks."
Wilson said he won't change anything heading into the section tournament. Well, maybe a little.
"We're just going to keep going about it the way they've been going," Wilson said. "I told them they can cut their hair if they want, but don't change anything else."
The Juniors played in a district bracket with just three teams LB, Turlock American and Turlock National and got off on the wrong foot, dropping a 2-1 decision to TA.
But LB rebounded, defeating TN 14-4 in the loser's bracket. Silva's squad then needed to beat TA twice for the championship, which it did, winning 11-6 on Saturday and 4-0 on Monday.