Valley’s best go for Babe Ruth national title


Above: Bishop Amat’s Daniel Zamora is one of 18 players from the San Gabriel Valley who will compete in the upcoming Senior Babe Ruth baseball World Series in Ephrata, Washington.

Nick Wagner, formerly of Glendora High School, and Bishop Amat’s Daniel Zamora have experienced winning a CIF-Southern Section baseball title each of the past two seasons.
Now the duo, along with 16 of their friends, are looking for a bigger thrill — a national championship.
Wagner, who won a Division 2 title with Glendora in 2010, and Zamora, who scored the Division 4 championship with Bishop Amat in June, lead a group of 18 players from the San Gabriel Valley who will compete in the Senior Babe Ruth World Series in Ephrata, Washington, which is three hours east of Seattle.
The eight-team tournament begins Saturday with pool play. The top six teams then advance to bracket play, which begins next Thursday. The championship game is scheduled for Aug. 13.
San Gabriel Valley, which swept through the Pacific Southwest Regional, opens the tournament against Syracuse, N.Y. at 11 a.m. on Saturday. SGV concludes pool play against host Ephrata at 8 p.m. on Sunday and vs. Ottumwa, Iowa at 5 p.m. on Monday.

“It’s going to be real fun,” said Wagner, who was MVP of the Pacific Southwest Regional. “We’re just a bunch of guys who are hanging out, doing something we love to do.
“The San Gabriel Valley has a tradition of going (to the World Series) and doing well. We would like to continue that.”
SGV advanced to the World Series following a 5-4 victory over Watsonville in the regional championship game two weeks ago. Wagner had the game-winning RBI in the sixth inning, with Crescenta Valley’s Troy Mulcahey getting the save. Glendora’s Brennen Salgado also had a home run in the championship game.
Zamora had a solid outing in a victory over Modesto earlier in the regional tournament.
The SGV roster also features Glendora’s Nick Cooksey and Martin Gallegos; Arcadia’s KJ Edson, Erik Trask and Jonathan Larson; St. Francis’ Mark Saatzer; Bishop Amat’s Andrew Medina and Alhambra’s Gary Acuna.
“We’ve only been together five games,” said SGV coach Phil Torres, of Crescenta Valley. “But the kids have done a nice job. We’re fortunate to have these kids who are very well-coached from their high school coaches.
“We have 18 kids who are from Southern California and have seen everything from Glendora to Arcadia to Bishop Amat. I like this group and we’ll take our chances. We’re very excited to play the best teams in the country.”
The tournament also includes Cape Cod, Massachusetts; Noblesville, Ind.; Mobile, Ala.; Eagle Pass, Texas; Portland, Ore. and Puget Sound, Wash.

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  • Phed UP

    Steve,read the people comments already, your horrible…Murry we need you back in a BAD way…..Combining all three is a BAD mistake…ur going to lose alot of readers and bloggers….I can’t belive im saying this but take a lesson from ARAM.

  • Got the message, now here’s mine message

    Interesting, I make a comment about Bishop Amat and Fred then Steve opens up two of his next three threads on the same person from Bishop Amat. I got the message, but are you getting ours? I for one will not buy a Tribune newpaper and will never pay for the internet access of your newspaper. That is my way of doing my part of sending you a message.

  • $$$ talks

    you can save your 50cents a day and your free internet hits – the papers not making money off that anyway. The reality is your little opinion does not out weigh want really draws attention form the SGVs largest fan base – like it or not – and the haters that want to comment on them – maybe you can join that crowd. The Whittier blog was a ghost town -so over here where there are some signs of life – you have to put up with civilization – or the Lancers are go. You git that message?

  • People love winners

    Fred, Please keep posting stories about Bishop Amat and any other teams or young players from our area that are playing exceptionally. We love to hear the stories and follow these players to see where their go with their lives.
    I wish all these young men the best, not matter what high school they come from.
    @Phed, you little bench warmer you!

  • Ted

    This team has played 5 games and is in the world series? looks like they really worked to get there…a free ride to the series and for torres, another free trip.

  • Steve Ramirez

    Stop being a hater, Ted. There used to be a Southern Cal tournament. But some districts were allowed to put a team together and play at selective regionals, which is what the SGV team did, and they won the Pacific Southwest Regional to advance.

  • SGV Witness

    To Ted and others who don’t get it, the fact that they were only together for a week of 3 practice games before before winning in Modesto is a feat not a knock. They won 4 games against 3 different teams that had been togther all summer to that point. Modesto and Watsonville both had played about 30 games each and had about half Juco and half HS seniors on their teams. All great games, I was there. One correction from the Torres interview, Zamora pitched vs. Watsonville, McCreery pitched vs. Modesto and Edson started against W’Ville again in the final. Now the teams get much better so they will get a tough test the rest of the way. Best of luck. Here’s an article on game #2 from the Modesto Bee… http://www.modbee.com/2011/07/23/1787879/modesto-now-faces-must-win.html