Coming off a stellar season for both the Dixon Little League AAA Minors-Division Pirates and the Majors-Division Yankees, the two teams are preparing for the second game of the Tournament of Champions, with both teams playing against Esparto.
On Sunday, the Pirates crushed Winters 11-0 in Esparto within four innings. A no-hitter by pitchers Anthony Galindo and Cooper Trujillo and solid hitting by the Pirates played major roles in Sunday’s victory Coach Mike Del Mugnaio said.
“Anthony struck everybody out,” Del Mugnaio said. “He had a few walks and Cooper came in.”
The Winters team was only able to get one ball in play, Del Mugnaio said. The pitching efforts of Galindo and Trujillo were complimented by Galindo’s two hits, Chase Del Mugnaio’s two hits, Elias Benton’s two hits and Andrew Schntzius’ double that began a nice rally for the Pirates.
The Pirates face the host team of Esparto on Tuesday in Esparto at 5:30 p.m. If they beat Esparto , the will play either Winters or Esparto in the championship on Saturday.
“It’s going to come down to us having good pitching and us being fundamentally sound on defense and continuing to swing the bats the way that we’ve been swinging them,” Coach Del Mugnaio said.
The season began great for the Pirates Del Mugnaio said.
“We were real strong in the first half, 9-0-1,” he said. “Then we hit a couple of bumps in the road during the second half. There were huge teams that were a challenges for us.”
One of those teams was the Rangers, Del Mugnaio said. The Pirates played the Rangers during the league championships last Tuesday and beat them 7-6 in Dixon.
The Dixon Little League Major Yankees have also seen success during the first game of the TOC against Winters. The Yankees beat Winters 8-4 and will face Esparto in a game scheduled for today.
Last Tuesday, the Yankees defeated the Giants to propel them into the TOC.
Good luck to both teams as they play Game 2 of the TOC.