Taft teams impresses competition in 12U tournament in Chino Hills
The Taft Longhorn 12U travel baseball team spent the three day weekend by helping put Taft on the map in the USSSA Southern California Tournament held in Chino Hills.
They not only had to battle the heat, but the pressure of being an unknown in the tournament. But, by in end of the weekend there was no doubt that the teams from Southern California quickly figured out that these 11 boys were for real and Taft became the topic of discussion among the baseball fans.
The Longhorns played 6 games in the three day tourney and were involved in intense battles every game, Coach Les Clark III said.
“There wasn’t one game that we weren’t in,” Clark said. “Our boys fought every game and it paid off.”
The Longhorns had great pitching from all 5 pitchers they put on the mound and had timely hitting and fielding execution that kept them in every game.
Through the first two days the Longhorns were seated in the Silver bracket of the knock out rounds for Monday and they responded Monday with 2 wins to clinch the Silver bracket championship.
The championship game was against a team they had seen earlier in the tournament and lost by 2 runs but that didn’t stop them from putting a 6 run lead together in the first and never look back, defeating the 15th rank team in the state 12-5 for the title.