The Culver-Marina Little League Red Sox baseball team has captured the District 25 Championship for the first time since 1992.
After finishing the regular season with a 20-1 record, the Red Sox defeated the Culver-Marina Dodgers and Culver-Marina Cardinals by a score of 14-1 in both games to win the league title and earned a berth in the District 25 Tournament of Champions.
The Red Sox, who received a first-round bye, fell behind 7-3 early in the game against the Wrigley Little League Phillies but racked up 11 runs in the fifth inning on the way to a victory June 8th. Ramses Hernandez hit a two-run inside-the-park home run to break the tie and give the Red Sox an 11-9 lead. Carlos Calzada pitched three-and-two-thirds innings of scoreless relief to help lead the team to victory.
In the semifinal game against the Culver City American Diamondbacks, the Red Sox fell behind 8-0 after one inning but began to battle back in the fourth inning and cut the Diamondback lead to 9-7.
The Red Sox put together another rally in the sixth inning with the Diamondbacks leading 11-7, as Mike Rincon delivered a three-run double that capped the improbable comeback and helped advance the team to the championship game. It was the 15th come-from-behind victory of the season for the Red Sox.
The Red Sox faced their inter-league rival, the City of Angels Trojans, in the championship Saturday, June 14th. The two teams had met three times during the season, with the Red Sox winning all three games by one run.
After the Red Sox took a 4-1 lead heading into the final inning, pitcher Kalen Kocker stepped in and helped secure the championship with a clutch performance.
The Red Sox finished the season with a 25-1 record. The team members include Kyle Lyons, Ryan Wilson, Brendan Wilkerson, Tristan Wilkerson, Julio Perez, Alex Banuelos, Kaili Higa, Mike Rincon, Kalen Kocker, TreVaughn Covington, Ramses Hernandez and Carlos Calzada. The president of Culver- Marina Little League is Louie Banuelos.
Team coaches include head coach Dave Cocker and assistant coaches Ron Hernandez and Terry Covington. Stefan Higa and Freddie Rincon also assisted the team as coaches and David Rice was the scorekeeper.
The field where the Red Sox play was renovated by a donation from the Los Angeles Dodgers Dream Foundation, a program that the Dodgers started to help refurbish fields in urban areas. The Dodgers have hosted two clinics for the league.