WORLD CHAMPS – The Westchester 14-year-old Babe Ruth team won the World Series Championship after going undefeated in the series, including an 8-0 shutout of the Oregon team in the final at Moses Lake, Wash.

WORLD CHAMPS – The Westchester 14-year-old Babe Ruth team won the World Series Championship after going undefeated in the series, including an 8-0 shutout of the Oregon team in the final at Moses Lake, Wash.

The Westchester 14 and under Babe Ruth baseball team captured its first World Series Championship in its 57-year history with an 8-0 shutout of a team from Oregon Aug. 24 at Moses Lake, Wash.
Westchester, which won each of its World Series games by four or more runs, was riding a 10-game winning streak heading into the title game, which pitted the California team against the Oregon team it defeated 8-1 in the tournament’s opening game. Oregon was this season’s Pacific Northwest Regional champion.
The Westchester 15 and under Babe Ruth team also reached the World Series final in Virginia but was defeated 8-3 by the Greater Loudoun squad from Virginia.
For its title game, Westchester 14 and under once again turned to starting pitcher Saul Martinez, who pitched an 11-7 win over New Hampshire the weekend before and came into the championship game well rested.
Martinez didn’t allow an Oregon base runner until the third inning and didn’t give up a hit until Oregon catcher Casey McGough singled up the middle with one out in the fourth. McGough was caught stealing two pitches later.
Oregon got a runner to second base with two outs in the fifth but Martinez struck out Oregon left fielder Sean Davidson to end the inning. Oregon didn’t get a runner past first base for the remainder of the game.
Martinez allowed just three singles and one walk, throwing just 72 pitches in the seven-inning shutout.
“When I heard that Saul was pitching, I knew we were going to win. I knew that Saul was up to the task,” left fielder Dailin Lee said. “He kept pounding the strike zone, and the Oregon players couldn’t catch up with his heat. They were obviously overmatched.”
Other strong defensive performers included third baseman Aaron Greenfield, who threw out six Oregon hitters.
After Greenfield scored on a Nolan Martinez single to center field, Westchester took a 1-0 lead into the fifth inning, which proved to be all Westchester would need for the victory.
Westchester’s lead grew to four runs after five innings and four more batters scored in the sixth, giving the team a convincing victory for its first world title.
Nolan Martinez, the Pacific Southwest Regional Most Valuable player was named the World Series MVP and also to the all tournament team. Teammates Derek Marshall, Kelvin Murillo and Greenfield were also honored as members of the all tournament team. Saul Martinez was named to the all defensive team.
Another top performer was Justin Morris, who hit .409, scored 11 runs and drove in 11 runs in the six-game series.
“It was amazing,” Jason Zeidman, a two-time World Series participant, said of the championship. “Getting to the World Series is hard enough. Ten of the best teams in the country were here, and we beat them all. It was unreal.”
Westchester was managed by Hector Zamora with Chris Lynch and Josh Fernandez as coaches.
The world champion Westchester team members include Brandon Brown, Greenfield, Dominic Johnson, Kain Kutler, Lee, Marshall, Nolan Martinez, Saul Martinez, Morris, Murillo, Jonathan Phelps, Eli Saucedo, Dylan Sledge, Kaelin Woodard and Zeidman.

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