After three games of the 2017 PONY Baseball 14U Super Region at their home field of Whaley Park, the Long Beach All-Stars looked well on their way to advancing closer to a fifth PONY World Series appearance. However, a loss to Sierra Madre in the regional championship game ended the summer for the storied youth baseball program.
Long Beach beat Whittier, La Quinta and Chula Vista by a combined score of 26-4 to advance to the Super Regional title game in Los Alamitos, where Sierra Madre came up with the 12-7 upset victory.
Troy Criss, Aiden Schaffel and Tito Haycox led the Long Beach offense and combined for almost half of the team’s hits during the Super Regional. Criss hit .533 with a home run and six runs scored. Schaffel also had a home run, five RBIs and four runs scored. Two of Haycox’s six hits were home runs.
Long Beach used eight pitchers in the four games and Thomas O’Toole was the most successful. He only gave up three hits with seven strikeouts in five innings.
“I’m very proud of these young men and the way they have represented our league over the past 2 years,” Long Beach PONY President Ken Jakemer. “They continued our long run of quality all-star teams, as we continue to draw the best 13-14 year olds in the area.”
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