Little League: Pajaro Valley defeats Watsonville American in TOC

Elias Siegel of the Pajaro Valley Little League majors Giants team winds up for a pitch during Tuesday's District 39 Majors TOC game against Watsonville American. (Juan Reyes — Register-Pajaronian)

SANTA CRUZ — The unofficial title for little league majors champions of Watsonville was up for grabs on Tuesday.

The Giants of Pajaro Valley came out on top against the Red Sox of Watsonville American, 7-4, in the first round of the District 39 Majors Tournament of Champions playoffs.

“It took place in Santa Cruz but PV was happy to take it here,” said PV coach Andy Garcia. “We definitely have bragging rights now.”

It’s the second-straight year Pajaro Valley has defeated a team from Watsonville American.

“We were happy to defend our title,” Garcia said.

Garcia said it was a close game in the beginning and credits the starting pitcher for Watsonville American. He said it took at least an inning for the players to get used to the speed of the ball.

“Once we got used to him we started hitting off him after that,” Garcia said.

The Giants of Pajaro Valley defeated the Red Sox of Watsonville American, 7-4, in the first round of the District 39 Majors Tournament of Champions playoffs. (Juan Reyes — Register-Pajaronian)

Watsonville American got off to a fast start by taking an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. But PV came storming back in the second inning with two runs to go ahead 2-1.

Both teams scored once in the fourth inning and PV still had a 3-2 lead going into the fourth.

Watsonville American tied the game at 3-all in the fifth, however, PV bested that by scoring four runs and never looked back.

Watsonville American added another run in the sixth but it wasn’t enough to overcome the huge deficit.

Watsonville American is still alive in the tournament and play in an elimination game against Capitola/Soquel today at 5:30 p.m. at Live Oak Little League Park at Green Acres Elementary School.

As for PV, they play against Aptos Little League, which won its opening round matchup against Santa Cruz National, 2-1, on Monday at the same place also at 5:30 p.m.

“Aptos is a quality team, too, and they’re real consistent every year,” Garcia said.

Garcia said this year’s PV team is different because most of the players are coming in with a lot of experience, especially after those who were part of last year’s Padres team that made it to the TOC.

This year’s Giants team won the PV playoffs by defeating the A’s, which finished with the league’s best record, in the finale.

“I think the regular season and the (PV) playoffs really helped them out,” Garcia said.   

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