SDSU Aztecs Take Tournament ChampionshipUpdated Thursday May 26, 2016 by Kevin Yates.
After falling to the Oregon Ducks 2 games to 1 in the World Series, the SDSU Aztecs dusted off their uniforms, collected themselves and played their best baseball of the season throughout the tournament.
The boys put themselves in the Championship Game by defeating the SJC Mets 12-3, Fullerton Titans 2-1 and Oregon Ducks 10-7. Timely hitting by the entire team and outstanding high pressure pitching performances by Mason Londre and Connor Yates provided this well deserved opportunity.
The AAA SDSU Aztecs took the field once again, facing a very familiar opponent. The Aztecs and Oregon Ducks had battled through 7 previous well played, competitive games. In this, their 8th meeting of the season, the Aztecs and Ducks battled once more. The Aztecs started with Mason Londre on the hill. After putting a couple Ducks on in the top of the 1st Inning, Mason induced a inning ending double play to Campbell Schamel, who caught a line-drive and threw to Taggart Donohue at 1st Base to end the threat.
The Aztecs struck in the Bottom of the 1st with a 3-Run Home Run by Ryan Bock to deep right center field, his 3rd of the season. After a scoreless 2nd inning. The Aztecs defense was on display yet again as they turned in another inning ending double play. Connor Yates fielded a grounder, threw to 1st, where Ryan Bock secured the out and promptly fired to Alex Zeppos to double up the runner attempting to advance from 2nd to 3rd. The Aztecs struck for 3 more runs in the bottom of the 3rd on a double by Jake Frey and singles by Connor Yates and Ryan Bock.
Oregon struck back with 3 runs in the top of the 4th, but Mason wiggled out of trouble yet again with more defense, including a grab in left field by Patrick Tracy. Both teams added a run in the 5th, with the Aztecs pocketing theirs on a clutch 2 out single by Taggart Donohue. Solid play behind the plate by Dean Hayashi helped Mason go 5 full innings on 75 pitches.
Ryan Bock came in to close the door with a 1-2-3 6th inning on just 10 pitches, providing the boys a chance to celebrate. On to the TOC both these teams go. Good luck to the Oregon Ducks as we both compete in the District Tournament. And a special thanks to all the parents and volunteers!