CONGRATS TO OUR 2016 SABA SEASON CHAMPIONS:
Minors: CANON KIDS
Majors: RED HILL CONVENIENCE
The San Anselmo Baseball Association (SABA) is an independent, community-based, volunteer organization whose mission is to teach and foster the fundamentals of baseball, sportsmanship, the experience of teamwork, participation, and camaraderie. Our goal is to provide an atmosphere where the will to win shall always be secondary to the principles in our mission.
2016 Juniors Tournament
Summer Days and Great Plays
by Travis Duro
At 8:30 am, Saturday July 16th The SABA Juniors Team kicked off their annual Summer Tournament at San Anselmo's Memorial Field with a game against The El Cerrito Thunder.
As well as our Juniors, this year's San Anselmo Baseball Association Tournament featured Teams from West Marin, Pleasant Hill, Burlingame, and two teams from El Cerrito.
The first game of the day featured a pitcher's duel. Antonio Sagaral went 4 strong innings and held the score at 2-1 Thunder. Unfortunately Antonio had to leave the game plagued by arm soreness and SABA ended up losing the game 8-1 with most of the runs unearned. SABA players only accounted for 2 hits in their debut, but played hard none the less.
The second Game was at 5:45pm. Red Hill Field was hot and so were the SABA bats. Max Martin Pitched 4 solid innings and left the game with the score SABA 7and the El Cerrito Diamondbakcs 3. Max Helped his own cause by going 3 for 3 with 2 singles, a triple, and 2RBI's. Denzel Castillo accounted for 3 RBI's on a 300 foot bases clearing triple. With wizard like plays at short stop by Antonio Sagaral and two running catches in right field by Jack Raskowsky SABA looked to be in control going into the final 3 frames. Despite bombing a long double in a last inning attempted comeback and having command of a devastating curve ball Miller Gabe and the SABA juniors could not hold the lead and ended up falling to the Diamondbacks 14-9.
In the third game, held Sunday morning at 9:00, SABA jumped out to an early lead against Pleasant Hill and never looked back. A 10-5 final doesn't do justice to SABAs dominant play with hitting contributions coming from players like Bryant Thornton, Brendon Henry, Antonio Sagaral, Clay Stout, Colby Alonso, and others up and down the line up. Once again Max Martin stood out with a 3 for 4 day including 2 singles a double and 2 RBI's. However the player of the game had to have been Jake white who pitched a masterful 7 full innings giving up very few hits and only 2 runs up until the last half inning. Jake also helped his own cause by ripping a long RBI double.
So SABA advanced to the semi-finals with a chance to play their way into the Championship. They played The El Cerrito Thunder extremely hard making web gems, hitting in timely fashion, and demonstrating focus and grit throughout the contest. Max Marin started the game and battled his way through 4 innings. All our SABA arms were tired so Max gets the warrior of the tournament award for holding SABAs lead at 6-4 going into the top of the 5th inning. As any good team tends to do The Thunder began to square more pitches up. Bryant Thornton and the crew tried valiantly to hold the lead but ended up down 12-6 going into SABAs last at bat. SABA in true championship fashion rallied and mounted a strong comeback but fell short in the end 12-8.
The SABA Juniors played very well demonstrating heart and good sportsmanship throughout the tournament. They were competitive and exciting to watch as they represented the association admirably.
Special mention goes to Casey Bategilla who, in all 4 games SABA played, hit the ball hard literally every time. He and the other 13 and 14 year olds who represented SABA are truly gifted players and even better young men.
Congratulations to the SABA Juniors and many thanks to coaches Tony Sagaral, Brian Henry, and Dan Borgonovo, as well as, all the dedicated parents for supporting the team and our community.
A final congratulations goes to Burlingame who ended up winning the championship against the El Cerrito Thunder 12-1.
The SABA Board would like to thank everyone for a great season. It was filled with great sportsmanship, dedication and hard work. Each night at the park was another reminder of why we love playing local and keeping it local. THANK YOU to all our coaches, parents, snack shack volunteers, umps, and players that made this season such a success. We will see you this summer for our SABA All Stars tournament at Memorial Park, July 19-24 . For now, enjoy your summer!
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