Valley youth baseball teams excel in fall ball, U12 boys champs

Fall baseball was both a fun and productive for a group of Valley players from Sonoma Little League who competed on a pair of fall-ball teams and recently finished their autumn season with upbeat results.

Members of Sonoma Little League’s 11-year-old 2013 District 53 all-star championship team formed a traveling squad to play in the North Bay Travel League’s under-12 age division and the Sonoma Cubs played well through the two-month season to reach the postseason and ended up claiming the NBTL under-12 title.

After the successful regular season, the Sonoma Cubs were the third seed going into the playoffs, where they won three straight games and claimed the postseason tournament crown.

The Valley’s Cubs first beat the fourth-seeded Nor Cal Storm 13-4, then defeated the second-seeded Petaluma Aces 10-4 to reach the championship game, where they rallied from behind to upset the previously undefeated top-seeded Petaluma Impact by a 4-3 score.

Comprising the Little League fall-ball under-12 Sonoma Cubs – managed by Johnny Armitage and coached by Curt Dunkle, Saul Rozema, David Boydell and Mike Fanucchi – were Brady Armitage, Jack Boydell , Luigi Dito, Nolan Dunkle, Sam Fanucchi, Dom Fiorito, Will Natuzzi, Riley Phelan, Tanner Rozema and Anthony Tommasi.

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