For only the second time in Westchester Babe Ruth’s 56-year history, the team has qualified for the Babe Ruth World Series.
The Westchester Babe Ruth 14U team won the local district championship by defeating El Segundo (twice), and South Torrance. Torrance also participated in the local district Championship.
The team then won the Southern California title by beating La Crescenta (twice) and Heartwell. Simi Valley also qualified to play in the Southern California Championship.
by defeating Hawaii in a double header on Saturday. Earlier in the week, Westchester beat Northern California Tri Valley (the defending World Series champions); Arizona; lost to Hawaii, and then beat Utah setting up the double header against Hawaii on Saturday.
The eight-team Pacific Southwest Regional championship included State winners Hawaii, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Southern California, Central California, Northern California and host Surprise, Arizona.
The World Series teams are broken into two pools of five teams. Westchester is in the American Division, along with the winners of the New England Regional, the Southeast Regional, the Pacific Northwest Regional, and State host, Utah. The National Division includes the winners of the Mid Atlantic Regional, Ohio Valley Regional, Midwest Plains Regional, Southwest Regional, and host Murray, Utah.
The Westchester team now heads to Murray, Utah on Aug. 16 for the Babe Ruth World Series.
Their first game will be on Aug. 18 against the New England Regional Champion (Southbury, Connecticut). That game will be followed by a game on Aug. 19 against Southeast US (facing a team from Florida, North Carolina or Alabama).
The Westchester 14U team will then face off on Aug. 20 against Twin Cities, Washington -- the Pacific Northwest Regional Champions. The boys then finish pool play with a game on Aug. 22 against Vernal, the Utah Champion.
The top three teams from each pool will be entered into a single elimination tournament, with games on Aug. 23 and 24, with the Championship game-taking place on Aug. 25.
The 15 players on the Westchester 14U World Series bound team comprise players from Culver City, Brentwood, Marina del Rey, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista and Santa Monica to name a few.
Team members are: Avery Allen, Christian Amador, Jordan Caines, Reggie Castro, Anthony Chavez, Grant Craddolph, Angel De La Torre, Lawrence (LJ) Gilliam, AJ Inatsugu, Carlos Jacobo, Matthew Kanfer, Matthew Kaplan, Ethan Lazar, Mario Morales, and Jason Zeidman.
The team is managed by John Lopatto, and coached by Alex Galaviz and Barry Craddolph.
Click on the PDF to the right of this article to see the World Series game lineup.