Sonoma Valley Little League Angels win D53 Majors Division TOC extra-inning thriller over Benicia
Henry Darnell begins his swing that results in the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the seventh-inning of the Sonoma Valley Angels’ extra-inning victory over Benicia in the Little League District 53 Tournament of Champions Majors Division Area game Tuesday at Hughes Field.
Greg Ludlow Photography/Special to the Index-Tribune
Every game in the current Little League District 53 Majors Division Tournament of Champions provides a challenging scenario, and, after two rounds of area tourney action, the Sonoma Valley Little League champion Angels have been able to outlast a pair of quality opponents.
On the heels of posting an impressive 8-4 win over Vallejo’s No. 2 team in their TOC area tourney opener, the Sonoma Valley Angels battled a tough Benicia squad to a 4-4 six-inning second-round standoff Tuesday at SVLL’s Hughes Field.
Keeping the tie intact in the top of extra seventh-inning, the Angels broke through in the bottom of seventh to capture a thrilling 5-4 victory, which eliminated Benicia.
In yesterday’s TOC quarterfinals in Napa, the SV Angels faced a strong Napa American team, with the results not available at presstime.
Comprising the 2011 Sonoma Valley Majors Division champion Angels are Nathan Borg, Zachary Brennan, Henry Darnell, Will Larson, Wyatt Larson, Matthew Matulaitis, Shane O'Malley, Andy Purdom, Carson Snyder, Gannon Traynor, Noah Weston-Cess, Maxwell Yankovich, manager Kevin Cess and coaches Michael Yankovich and Dan Matulaitis.
After pulling out a one-run win over Middletown/Cobb in the opening-round of the Little League District 53 TOC Minors Division AAA Area Tourney, the Sonoma Valley Indians couldn’t escape elimination in Tuesday’s second-round at Sonoma’s Hughes Field, where they dropped a 12-7 decision to a tough East Vallejo team.
The 2011 Sonoma Valley Minors AAA champion Indians consisted of Shane Barnett, Dante Cavaz, Gabriel Contreras, Anthony Costanzo, Joseph Costanzo, Justin Cox, Mason Cox, Gabriel Garza, Dustin Hellman, Juan Carlos Hernandez, Lawson Lee, Noah Thomas, manager Mark Costanzo and coaches Frank Cavaz and Frank Cox.