The Irvine Baseball Club sponsored its first ever Holiday invitational Baseball Tournament at Hicks Canyon on Saturday and Sunday December 7thand 8th. The Diamondback 12U team swept all 4 games to win the rain delayed championship on Thursday night, December 12th at Hick’s Canyon.
Game 1 Diamondbacks 9 SC Sea Dogs 1
The Diamondbacks led a 4 hit pitching performance by Nik Krutiak, Tristan Dupont and Jack Old beat the Sea Dogs 9 to 1. In the first inning the D’backs scored a run on a double by Justin Goldstein and an RBI single by Mick Hyodo. They added a second run in the 2nd inning when Jack Old singled and scored on a pass ball. The big blow in the game came in the bottom of the 3rd when Hyodo hit a 3- run home run blast off of the scoreboard in left-center field. His blast scored Nolan Upchurch who led off the inning being hit by the pitcher and Goldstein who walked. The D’backs added one more run in the inning when Marcus Weinziimer singled and scored on Old’s double.
In the 5th inning the D’backs complete the mercy win. With one out, Goldstein walked, stole second, advanced to 3rd on the second hit by Weinziimer and scored on a wild pitch. Weinzimmer and Jeffrey Quezada (walk) scored on Martine’s game ending double.
Game 2 Diamondbacks 5 - Ladera Cobras 1
Game 2 was moved to Quail Hill due to the unplayable conditions at Hicks Canyon due to the Saturday rain. Justin Goldstein and Will Rudy combined to scatter 4 hits, allowing 1 run in this victory over the Cobras. The Cobras took a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the 4th when Jeffrey Quezada scored on an errand throw by the third baseman. He got onto base after a fielders choice (Goldstein led off with a single and was forced at second). In the bottom of the 5th inning Marcus Weinziimer led off with a walk. With 2 outs Jackson Lobianco and Will Rudy walked. Weinziimer scored on a wild pitch, Lobianco scored on an infield single by Goldstein. Rudy and Goldstein scored on a two single by Quezada.
The Cobras threatened in the top of the sixth, but their rally was cut short when centerfielder, Grant Martine ran down a sure home run, threw to Goldstein at shortstop who threw home to nail the Cobra runner by 10 feet at home plate ending the game.
Game 3 Diamondbacks 1 – BPA Demarini 0
The semi-final game was a terrific pitching duel by the Diamondback combination of Justin Goldstein and Will Rudy and the BPA pitcher Mertins. The Diamondbacks defense was led by catcher Jeffrey Quezada who threw out 2 runners trying to steel second base and one trying to steel 3rd base. He was also on the receiving end of a perfect relay from Grant Martine to shortstop Nolan Upchurch to throw out a Demarini runner carrying the tying run home.
The BPA pitcher, Mertins pitched a no hitter. The only Diamondback run scored on an error by the BPA first baseman. Mick Hyodo walked, advance to second and scored on the error. Goldstein won his second game of the tournament with Rudy getting his second save.
Game 4 Diamondbacks 7 – Ladera Cobras 6
The Ladera Cobras capitalized on two Diamondback errors in the first inning to jump to a 3-0 lead. In the second inning the D’backs rolled out a lucky 7 runs to take a 7-3 lead. In the inning Marcus Weinziimer and Jeffrey Quezada walked. They scored on a fielder’s choice by Jack Old and a single by Nik Krutiak. Old scored when starting pitcher Will Rudy reached on an error by the Cobra shortstop. After Justin Goldstein was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Nolan Upchurch cleared the bases with a double. He scored the 7th and final run of the game for the D’Backs on a single by Mick Hyodo. The D’Backs threatened again in the bottom of the 4th, but back to back doubles by Goldstein and Hyodo were thwarted when Goldstein was thrown out at home by the Cobra right fielder. The Cobras scored another run in the 3rd inning and added two more in the top of the 6th; however Upchurch came in to relieve Grant Martine to get the last out giving the D’Backs the inaugural championship of the gold division.
The Diamondbacks season ended with this victory and will continue in mid-January. In other tournament action the Irvine Colts defeated the OC Wolves 7-2 to capture the Silver Division championship.