Teams recently participated in the MLK Memorial tournament in Chino Hills
– The Driller Baseball Club in Paso Robles is currently ranked as the top in the nation in the Boys 9 and below AAA division, according to current rankings. The Drillers recently sent two teams to Southern California to participate in the Martin Luther King Memorial NIT Super Regional Baseball Tournament in Chino Hills, California.
The Drillers 7h surprised everyone by beating three ranked teams before falling out in the semi-finals in a hard-fought match. The Drillers were without one of the best pitchers due to COVID-19. The 9h Drillers took to SoCal on a mission to win one of the largest tournaments in the state with more than 200 teams across all age groups. The team was dealt a serious blow the night before the start of the competition when two of its star players tested positive for COVID-19 and had to go home.
The determined Drillers won two and lost one in pool to sit at number 3. Monday turned out to be a great day for the organisation. The Drillers came on fire in the first elimination game against a good Los Alamitos side. Huntington Teague and Jay Flores eliminated the Los Alamitos team with only three hits and eight strikeouts. The bats came alive in the first as the mighty Drillers scored five runs and helped the team cruise to a 13-3 victory. Jackson Jeckel, Jay Flores and Deagan Brady had multiple hits for the Drillers.
The championship game was a matchup between 16-2 Costa Mesa Sox and the 18-4 Drillers. This was one of the best games of the year as Costa Mesa’s powerful bats take on Driller’s ace Landon Berry. Landon dominated the Sox team from the start and set the tone for the Drillers offensively. The fireballer threw a complete game with nine strikeouts and gave up only one earned run.
The Drillers’ attack outhit their opponent 13 to 5 with four players with multiple hits, including two home runs. Landon Berry went 4-4 with one of the bombs left and Huntington Teague went deep into the first inning, giving the Drillers a massive boost. Hudson Rodriguez had three basehits and three RBI’s, Ethan Landsford hit a few basehits and made a spectacular flyout in midfield, and Owen Berry also chipped in with two singles. The exhausted Drillers withdrew and won 11-5 by winning one of the biggest tournaments in the country.
The Drillers return to action when they travel to Bakersfield, Ca. on February 6 to play in a senior age group and test their skills in a 10h tournament.