July 10, 2019 — The Florence based South Coast League Rookies team, The Littlefoots, continued to dominate the competition during last weekend’s Newport Tournament, where they went 5-1 en route to the tournament title.
After narrowly defeating Coos Bay 11-10 but losing to North Bend 3-8 in pool play, The Littlefoots went undefeated for the remainder of the tournament. Advancing into bracket play, the team began a three-game sweep toward the title game, beating S.E.T. 15-1, then Lincoln City 19-5, and eventually evening the score with North Bend in a 7-2 semi-finals victory to secure a spot in the championship round against the Dallas Dragons — which had beaten North Bend 18-14 in order to reach the championship game.
After a five-hour wait while the bracket play wrapped up, The Littlefoots came out strong against the Dragons, scoring 5 runs in each of the first two innings while holding Dallas to just 1 run.
“We then shut them out in the third inning while putting up 3 more runs,” said Littlefoots coach Rich DeSantis.
Then, in top of the fourth inning, after The Littlefoots’ first four batters scored, the game was called with one out due to the mercy rule — and a 17-1 victory for The Littlefoots.
“Our defense was outstanding, holding our opponents to 4.5 runs per game for the weekend. The infield turned five double plays on Sunday alone, with strong play by Trendel DeSantis at second base working well with Lucca Flosi at shortstop,” DeSantis said. “Wyatt Fraze did a very good job at pitcher as well, plugging the middle for us.”
On the offensive end, Torelan DeSantis led the team with an on-base percentage of .867 (13-15) including 3 homeruns.
Michael Fitzsimmons and Trendel DeSantis each got aboard 12 out of 14 time, and TJ Persons was .818 (9-11).
“I was extremely blown away at how tight our defense was,” DeSantis said. “At this point, all the teams can hit the ball off the machine well, but our defense steps up to the occasion and makes plays well beyond their age level. Our aggressive baserunning is very hard for other teams to defend, while we are able to keep our opponents from getting greedy on the paths.”
DeSantis also credited strong play in the outfield from “Cam, Knobie and the gang kept the ball in front and got it in quick, keeping teams from extra bases.”
This weekend, the team will wrap up its season at the Lincoln City Tournament.