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RHLL All-Stars Play Deep Into Summer

by Sammy Funk

• Rolling Hills Little League is making history with each All-Star victory. The Rolling Hills Little League All-Stars continued their unbeaten season by defeating the Torrance Little League All-Stars, 3-1, in the Section 4 All-Star Tournament in San Pedro.

The 3-1 victory last week, the final game in the District 36 Tournament for 12-year-olds, advances the RHLL team to the Region 3 Tournament to be hosted by the Long Beach Little League.
RHLL is scheduled to play Eastlake Little League from Chula Vista, the Section 7 champion. The double-elimination tournament includes 10 section champions from all over Southern California.  
rhll.b.220In their undefeated run, RHLL defeated the Palos Verdes All-Stars   in the District 36 All-Star championship game, when Garren Rizzo hit a three-run home run in the final inning to cap a come-from-behind victory.
The 14-11 victory makes Rolling Hills Little League the first league on the Peninsula to fly the 12-year-old District 36 All-Star banner since the 2007 Silver Spur Little League All-Stars.
If the boys from Rolling Hills win the Section 7 Tournament in Long Beach they will move on to the West Regional Tournament in San Bernardino and after that its on to Cooperstown, N.Y.
Tough competition to be sure. However, the toughest competition  always comes from the South Bay – and especially from that league in Valmonte.
At the District 36 Tournament, All-Star teams from the Peninsula, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach and El Segundo competed in the double-elmination tournament.
The PV Little League team began the tournament with an 11-10 win over Manhattan Beach. They then got a 9-8 win over traditional power El Segundo when David Zavarella hit a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to break up an 8-8 tie.
Rolling Hills began the tournament defeating the Lunada Bay/Silver Spur combo team, and then got a 9-7 win over Redondo Beach Little League before facing PVLL for the first time in the winner’s bracket.
RHLL All-Star Lucus Lees hit a two-run home run to break up a 3-3 tie in the 6th inning to lift Rolling Hills over Palos Verdes for the win.
It was a defensive game as the first two innings flew by with no runs. Then PV’s Justin Rand hit a home run to break up the scoreless tie and Jason Roah singled in a run to give PV 2-0 lead. RHLL answered back with a RBI double off the bat of Luke Martoccia, who ends up stealing home to make the score is 2-2 after three innings.
In the fourth, RH’s Luke Mansir walked and ended up stealing home making the score 3-2, RHLL. In the fifth inning the speedy Kaleb Woodward walked and stole home to tie the score at three.rhll.c.250
Lees then hit his 2-run blast for Rolling Hills in the top of the 6th inning bringing the score to 5-3. Charlie Beuerlein then hit a home run for PVLL, but PV could not score anymore runs in an excellent game put up by both teams.
The loss sent PVLL to the loser’s bracket, where they defeated El Segundo once again and earned another chance to play Rolling Hills, again.
In the second meeting, Rolling Hills began the scoring with a two-run home run by Lees.  PVLL showed some power too, as Charlie Beuerlein hit a leadoff dinger, which was followed by a three-run shot by Bradley Kakazu, which was first called foul but was overturned to make it 4-2.
PV scored twice in the second inning to make the score 6-2. Zaverrella of PV joined the slugfest with a grand slam to make it 10-2.
Then Grant Govel of Rolling Hills hit a dinger  to make it 10-5. A.J Maes doubled in a run to make it 10-6, and Garren Rizzo singled in a run to make it 10-7.
Next inning RH’s Tommy Kallman hit a moonshot with one on to make it a one-run game.  In the inning Jason Roah made an excellent double play off a drive by Drew Sunahara. Later that inning, Kaleb Woodward hit a triple and later scored to give PV a 11-9 lead.
In RH’s half of the inning, Rizzo hit a three-run shot over the wall to make to give RH a 11-12 lead. Then two doubles and a walk loaded the bases, and a single and a ground out scored two runs to make it 14-11.rhll.d.220

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