June 15, 2010 > Warm Springs Giants crowned champions
Warm Springs Giants crowned champions
By Sanjna Shukla
Photos By Mike Heightchew
The record-setting Warm Springs Little League (WSLL) Giants faced off against the Warm Springs/Newark National Reds in the Junior Division Championship this past Saturday, June 12.
Coming into the game, the Giants had already set two records for the Warm Springs Little League. The Giants had 21 wins and scored 210 runs; the most ever by a team in WSLL history.
However, by no means did the Giants play uncontested in the game against the Reds. The Reds put the first run on the board, but fell behind 2-1 by the end of the first inning. Good defense by both teams in the second inning kept the score unchanged.
Giants' starting pitcher Jack Shank had an outstanding game and the third inning also went scoreless for the Reds. The Giants were able to pull ahead to 4-1 by the end of the third.
By the bottom of the fourth inning, the Giants had a 4-2 lead. Outfielder Fanu Manu of the Reds had two exceptional catches in the fourth inning to end the inning.
The Reds weren't able to sustain their defense and the Giants pulled up to 6-2 in the bottom of the fifth. Adam Villaflor of the Giants pitched the sixth inning and only gave up one run, and the Giants won the championship game, 7-3.
The Giants, coached by Rom Villaflor, just keep racking up the numbers as they now have 22 wins and 217 runs. No team in the Warm Springs Little League has ever accomplished this feat in the 21 years of the league's existence. The team, with an impressive record of 22-4, will go on to the Tournament of Champions, beginning this weekend, Sunday, June 20.