2017 D39 All-Stars Champs: CSLL
Congratulations to the CSLL All-Stars!Updated Tuesday January 30, 2018 by Capitola-Soquel Little League.
Congratulations to the CSLL 9/10/11 All-star team, the 2017 District 39 Champions! The team went undefeated in pool play, outscoring their opponents by a score of 60-11, with each game going four innings. The team then hit a bit of a stumble in the championship bracket, losing by a run to a solid Scotts Valley team, thereby putting them into the consolation/loser's bracket.
After an exciting game the very next day against D39 rival Aptos, the CSLL boys found themselves at 1-1 headed into their rematch against Scotts Valley the next day. This third game in three days would have normally been a huge challenge; however, the team was able to overcome the minimal rest and defeat Scotts Valley by a score of 14-5. This put them into the championship weekend versus Santa Cruz National — a team that was extremely hot and who had defeated Aptos and Scotts Valley in the championship bracket to set up the incredible match-up with CSLL. Going into the weekend, SCN was undefeated in the championship bracket, which meant that CSLL needed to take two in a row to win it all.
Saturday's game was pretty dramatic, with SCN taking a 5-1 lead. CSLL decided to turn the bats on, scoring nine unanswered runs to win the game 10-5.
The championship finale that was played on Sunday was nothing short of epic. SCN charged out of the gate incredibly strong, going up 9-0 after two innings! With some lineup adjustments and a never-say-die attitude, CSLL went on an absolute rampage, exploding for 29 runs compared to three runs over the next four innings. Final score: 29-12, CSLL.
The D39 banner is coming home. A commemorative plaque will be mounted on the majors backstop next season. Stay tuned for that. In the meantime, please follow your D39 champion CSLL squad in the sectional tournament, which starts on the 13th. District 44, from Cupertino, is the host of the tournament. A link to the bracket is here: http://www.cad44.org/2017/2017_11s_Section_All_Stars.pdf.