The Westchester Babe Ruth baseball 14 and under team captured the Southern California State Baseball championship by defeating the La Crescenta team 7-5 last month.

Westchester picked up two victories over El Segundo and La Crescenta, as well as wins over Torrance and Heartwell on their way to the state crown.

Behind stellar pitching and an explosive offense, Westchester outscored opponents 27-11 in the last three games, coaches said.

The team is comprised of players from Westchester, Inglewood, Santa Monica, Culver City, Brentwood, Marina del Rey, Ladera Heights, Playa Vista, and Playa del Rey.

“The program at Westchester is fantastic, and we couldn’t be where we are today without the amazing support of our community, as well as Westchester Babe Ruth and its president, Chris Lynch,” said Manager John Lapatto.

“I’m very proud of the boys; they showed a lot of heart and determination. Many of these boys were on the state championship team last year as 13-year-olds, and we are building on that success. Being state champion in back to back years is truly amazing. Winning the Southern California State Championship this year is an incredible achievement, and I expect great things in Arizona.” ¤