It doesn't come from just playing in the World Series that started yesterday and runs through Aug. 21 in Williston, N.D., but rather representing Tri-Valley in the ultimate tournament of the year.
Tri-Valley Babe Ruth as an organization has captured nine Babe Ruth World Series titles since 2004 between their 13, 14 and 15 teams.
But for 14s coach Andrew Crabill, who was on a Tri-Valley Babe Ruth 13 World Series title team in 2011, the history of success helps the players.
"Tri-Valley Babe Ruth has a strong history," Crabill said. "And it does add pressure, but it also gives the kids confidence that our teams have been there before and knows how to win. We have high expectations every year, and the kids know they have to go out and win games."
And win they have this postseason, going through both of their tournaments -- state and regionals -- without losing a game.
After winning the state title, Tri-Valley went to the regionals and beat Santa Maria 15-3, Torrance 7-3, Hawaii 10-0 and then Hawaii again in the finals 6-5 to advance to the World Series.
On the surface it would appear Tri-Valley is an offensive juggernaut. While Crabill acknowledges the team can score, it is something else that has been the key.
"Pitching and defense is what wins games," Crabill said. "We love to go out and score some runs early, but pitching keeps you in the games."
Case in point, in the Torrance game Tri-Valley was down 3-0 heading into the sixth inning, using some clutch pitching and some nice defensive plays to stay in the game.
After holding Torrance scoreless in the top half of the inning, the team put seven runs on the board, turning over the lead to the defense that came through again.
In the first match against Hawaii the game was 0-0 through four innings before Tri-Valley put 10 runs on the board in the top of the fifth.
In the rematch with Hawaii, more strong pitching saved the one-run lead late and sent the team off to the World Series.
It's a great group of players.
"I have been with this group for two years now and I knew they were special," Crabill said. "My goal with these kids has always been to get them to the World Series and win it. It's been my motivation to try and get them there and spread the experience that I had getting to one and being on the winning team."
To follow the team through the World Series, go to www.baberuthworldseries.org and find the Baseball 14-year-old event.
Danville wins Little League Intermediate World Series
If a team is going to be successful at any level of Little League against a team from South Korea, you must cash in on any chance you get.
That's exactly what the team from Danville did Sunday night, beating West Seoul Little League in the championship game of the Little League Intermediate World Series 5-2.
Jacob Quinto spun a wonderful game from the mound and the opportunistic offense from Danville scored in five of their six innings in a game shown on ESPN2 from Max Baer Field in Livermore.
Quinto went 6.1 innings before hitting his pitch count, scattering six hits and striking out eight. Preston Pera came on to get the final two outs.
When Danville got to bat, the locals did whatever they needed to score.
In the bottom of the first, Danville survived a batting-out-of-order infraction when Carter Tong hit one spot sooner than he should. The out was called on Anthony DeVito who was scheduled to be the hitter, and Tong was sent back to the plate for a second time in the inning.
Tong wasted no time, drilling a single to left that scored leadoff hitter Dario Boban to make it 1-0.
If that seemed bizarre, in the third, Danville struck out five times in the inning, but a pair of dropped third strikes allowed two batters to reach base. A hit-by-pitch and a pair of wild pitches allowed Danville to get their third run on the game.
Leading 4-0 in the top of the sixth, Quinto made his lone mistake when Han Minyong hit a two-run shot over the fence in left -- his fourth in two games -- and the lead was cut in half.
Danville got that run back in the bottom of the inning, and Quinto and Pera closed the door in the top of the seventh for the win.
Pera was a monster at the plate in the tournament, going 10-for-14 over the four-game stretch.
Quinto finished the tournament with a pair of wins in three appearances, pitching 11.1 innings, giving up just 10 hits and striking out 17 batters.
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