The Arroyo Seco Royals will be led by Ray Henderson and Danny Arrellano.
Ray was a 2016 Selection by the Houston Astros
Danny was a LBSU Commit/ Played at RCC and played Professionally in Mexico for multiple seasons.
Team Owner/GM: Nico Calderaro
A huge thanks to Josh Thompson for these photos
It’s not often that a championship game lives up to its billing.
But on Sunday evening, and with thanks to both the Field Rats and the Arroyo Seco Royals, the Sunset League championship was a drama-filled instant classic.
The Royals scored once in the top of the 10th inning and held on for a 6-5 victory.
ASR won Friday’s game one (5-2), and the Field Rats took Saturday’s contest by a score of 11-6.
And that set up Sunday’s winner-take-all scenario at Cal Poly Pomona.
The game had everything, including some clutch pitching, timely hitting, harmful errors or base running blunders, and of course, both sides questioned some calls by the men in blue.
But most of all, it had approximately 40 young men (from both teams) who played their butts off and left everything they had on the field.
The Field Rats got three unearned runs off ASR starter Ethan Warren, and took a 3-1 lead after three innings.
ASR would tie the game in the top of the fourth after scoring twice, but the Field Rats got one in the bottom half of the inning to take a one-run lead.
The Royals would take a 5-4 lead in the top of the seventh and the Field Rats evened the game in the eighth by stealing home with two outs.
In the top of the 10th, Shawn Hepler hit Jackson Slipock.
Slipock would advance to second on a wild pitch, and the Field Rats replaced Hepler on the mound with Kyle Douphner.
Jonah Paez came up with two outs and hit a line-shot that seemed to get to the Field Rats right fielder on one hop, but Slipock got a great jump from second and slid safely into home for what turned out to be the game-winning run.
Hepler got the loss, but that young man kept the Field Rats in the game, going six innings and allowing five runs (three earned) on seven hits.
Hepler walked three and struck out seven Royals’ batters.
Hepler picked off ASR runners at first base in consecutive innings.
Slipock singled twice and scored two runs.
Paez went 2-for-5, with two RBIs.
Brennan Beckley walked, doubled and had two RBIs.
Blake Beckley walked twice, singled, drove in a run and scored.
Diego Frey singled three times and scored.
Alex Marquez walked and had an RBI.
Evan Nahra singled and scored for the Royals.
Nick Cook walked and singled.
ASR got great efforts on the mound from Kyle Noell, Joshua Perez and Eric Navarrete.
Noell went three scoreless innings of relief, allowing two hits and walking one.
Two days after getting the win in game one, Noell got five of his nine outs via strikeout.
Perez provided three innings of his own and allowed one run on one hit.
He walked one and struck out a pair of Field Rats batters.
And last but not least, Navarrete, who went eight innings in Thursday’s win-or-go-home game against the top-seeded OC Pirates, came in and closed out the championship.
Navarrete struck out two in the bottom of the 10th, including the final out.
TK Parker singled twice and had two RBIs for the Field Rats.
Ulysses Duran walked, singled and scored.
Nolan Wasson had three singles and scored.
AJ Santamaria doubled and scored.
Justin Nock walked and singled, and Daniel Esqueda drew a pair of walks.
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Win: Joshua Perez
Loss: Shawn Hepler
Save: Eric Navarrete
2B: Brennan Beckley (ASR); AJ Santamaria (FR)
The Arroyo Seco Royals held a one-run lead and were 12 outs away from a Sunset League championship in the second game of a best-of-three series with the Field Rats.
But the visitors got six runs in the top of the sixth inning and three more in the eighth to defeat the Royals, 11-6, and even the series at 1-1.
They got two runs on two hits and four walks off Josh VerKuilen, five runs on four hits and three walks against Evan Zesati, and three more versus Daniel Vega on two hits and a walk.
Joey DeFrancisco walked twice, homered, scored twice and had two RBIs.
Daniel Esqueda doubled, scored and drove in a run.
Justin Nock singled twice, drove in a pair of runs and scored.
TK Parker walked three times, singled, scored and had an RBI.
Nolan Wasson singled and scored.
Keith Hale walked twice, scored two runs and had one RBI.
AJ Santamaria walked, singled, scored two runs and had a pair of RBIs.
Eddie Vokes went five innings for the Field Rats and allowed six runs (three earned) on six hits.
Vokes walked four and fanned five.
Shawn Hepler went two scoreless and hitless innings, didn’t issue a walk and struck out two ASR batters.
Kyle Tiffin allowed one hit and walked three in one inning of work, but he escaped without any damage.
Jesus Maldonado walked, doubled, scored and drove in three runs for the Royals.
Josh Hernandez had an RBI single.
Jordan Zuniga singled and scored two runs.
Dominick Verela walked, singled and drove in a run.
Jonah Paez walked, singled twice and scored two runs.
Alex Marquez walked, singled and scored.
Win: Eddie Vokes
Loss: Josh VerKuilen
HR: Joey DeFrancisco (FR)
2B: Daniel Esqueda (FR); Jesus Maldonado (ASR)
The Arroyo Seco Royals are just one win away from a Sunset League championship.
The Royals got a great effort on the mound from Kyle Noell and Tyler Mitchell in a 5-2 victory over the Field Rats.
With the game tied at 1-1 in the top of the ninth, the ASR scored four runs in the first game of a best-of-three series.
Noel went five innings and allowed one run on four hits.
He walked one and struck out five.
Mitchell would go the rest of the way, allowing one run on three hits over his four-inning outing.
Daniel Esqueda singled, doubled twice and scored.
Keith Hale singled and scored.
Nolan Wasson went 2-for-4 in the loss.
Parker Haskell walked and singled.
Anthony Chiramonte got the loss, allowing three runs on two hits.
Chiramonte did not retire a batter before being replaced.
Evan Nahra singled, doubled and drove in a pair of runs for the Royals.
Diego Frey walked, singled, scored and had two RBIs.
Brennan Beckley singled twice and scored.
Jonah Paez walked, singled and scored.
Jordan Zuniga doubled, scored and drove in a run.
Up next: The Royals and Field Rats meet up Saturday at 1.
A Field Rats win would force a third and final game on Sunday.
Win: Tyler Mitchell
Loss: Anthony Chiramonte
2B: Jordan Zuniga (ASR), Evan Nahra (ASR); Daniel Esqueda (FR) 2
Records: ASR (14-11); FR (15-10)