Sunday, March 29, 2015

DLL juniors paired in first round of D64 tourney; Wolf Pack gets bid, too

Davis AL Juniors coach Dominic Costa, second from left, talks to his squad — including Mason Scheiber, left, Matt Vinh and Brendan Carsel — during a recent practice. Fred Gladdis/Enterprise photo

From page B1 | June 21, 2013 |

* Editor’s note: This is the final installment in a series that looks at Davis Little League’s nine postseason tournament teams. Today, Junior All-Stars and the new 50-70 division squad are featured.

Come Tuesday, local National and American Junior division teams will meet in the first round of the District 64 double-elimination gathering at Winters High. Game time is 5:30 p.m. on the Warrors’ junior varsity field.

Meanwhile, in the new, so-called 50-70 format introduced this spring by Little League Baseball of America, a Davis travel-ball team has mystically “won” the district championship and heads to Section 1 play next month.

Davis AL juniors, under the direction of manager Dominic Costa, have been practicing at Civic Center Field the past two weeks. Juniors — who play on “big boy” fields with 90-foot base paths and 60-foot, 6-inch pitching dimensions — go through a lot of adjustment — adjustment that continues as tournament time arrives.

But Costa says once a player becomes accustomed to his new surroundings, the key to success to confidence.

“It’s the same for any ball player from 8 to 80,” Costa told The Enterprise. “It comes and goes. I just try and let our guys know someone always believes in them, even when they don’t believe in themselves.”

Kevin Bell, the skipper for NL juniors, says the mental aspect of the game gets easier with repetition, agreeing with Costa that confidence goes a lot way.

“Baseball is a simple game,” Bell says. “But knowing what to do — and how to do it — in any given situation can be a challenge for young players.

“To help our players succeed on the field, we follow four basic coaching steps: keep it simple; explain the why; celebrate the individual; and make it fun. Fortunately, we have a great group of talented kids that want to play the game the right way.”

Costa has been managing or coaching in Davis Little League since his Junior team sons Manuel and Sebastian were Farm-level neophytes.

Bell, whose son Ryan is on the NL roster, has been at it since T-ball.

“I love coaching at the different levels,” explains Bell, who also has coached a travel-ball squad. “It’s an honor to be selected to manage the D64 juniors. At the same time, it’s bittersweet since it is the last time I’ll be coaching Ryan (who will be trying out at Davis High next spring).”

And speaking of aging out of Little League, that inaugural 50-70 division will be locally represented by a travel-ball team called the Wolf Pack.

Managed by Tyler Gibson, the 13U travel-ballers came to represent District 64 by default.

Assistant Pack coach Mike Finerty saw the new division featured in the Little League national magazine and asked DLL President Steve Olney if the area had any teams eligible. When Olney checked with District 64 director Mike Pappa, he discovered that not only were there no 50-70 teams in the region, none of the other Little Leagues in D64 cared to create one this summer.

Gibson and Finerty — both veteran coaches of Davis Little League — said they would make the Wolf Pack available to compete in the Section 1 tournament and Olney and Pappa signed off on it.

District tournaments for 50-70 (so designated because of the pitching and base dimensions) are underway throughout Northern California this week and the Section 1 gathering starts next month in the Concord area.

Kids eligible range in age from 11 to 13.

“This is all so new, Little League hasn’t determined where the section tournament will be yet,” Finerty continued, noting that his team has been playing on bigger fields during their travel-ball season. “For us, it will be a little like indoor soccer.”

But a smaller field isn’t necessary a leg up for the Wolf Pack, says Gibson:

“If you’re having success on bigger field, you’d certainly think (smaller would be an advantage). But it is a different game. On a bigger field, you’re getting a ground ball, having time to field it, set and get off a good throw.

“Now, with the smaller dimensions, it becomes a quicker game. Everything speeds up and there’s less time to make that play. Smaller fields, you have to be quicker.”

Here are the three DLL older-boys’ team rosters…

Junior AL: Tony Munoz, Christian Lien, Dylan Schmidt, Mason Scheiber, Rogrick Davis, Zacky Baca, Sebastian and Manuel Costa, Matt Vinh, Brendan Carsel, Ryan Holgate and Max Banuelos.

Junior NL: Sebastian Anaya, Ryan Bell, Kevin Blanc, Connor Bunfill, Gabrial Gutierrez, Trevor Hewitt, Ronny Leymaster, Tanner Olney, Lucas Russell, Gavin Schouten, Jacob Wieking.

50-70: Chris Simpson, Jonah Watts, Eton Tuttle, Chris Roque, John Lagattuta, Austin Griffiths, AJ Bernhardt, Reed Hessl, Max Thompson, Sam Ault, Sean Finerty and Tyler Gibson Jr.



Bruce Gallaudet

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .


    Motive for murder-suicide remains a mystery

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1, 1 Comment | Gallery

    Davis sewage to get new digs

    By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1

    Where do Davis recyclables go?

    By Felicia Alvarez | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    UCD faculty receive lowest pay in the system

    By Tanya Perez | From Page: A1

    Human Relations Commission hosts Chávez celebration

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A2

    Davis Flower Arrangers meet Wednesday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A6

    ‘Music as Medicine’ is radio show topic

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A6

    Friendship the topic on radio program

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A6



    Milt Prigee cartoon

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B4

    Some ‘survey’ …

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

    These results were meaningless

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

    Survey not representative

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

    Answers on the green waste program

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B4

    A phone call could have fixed this

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B4

    Universities need more funding

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B5

    Mayor’s corner: Looking ahead to spring

    By Dan Wolk | From Page: B5 | Gallery

    A Little Respect for Dr. Foster

    By Nicholas Kristof | From Page: B5

    Father of the bride snubbed

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

    Which experiences count as ‘once in a lifetime’?

    By Marion Franck | From Page: A8

    After a month of no TV news, I’m feeling much better

    By Debra DeAngelo | From Page: A8

    Take a hike for your heart

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8



    Aggie softball splits doubleheader

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

    Davis softballers suffer setback, remain optimistic

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

    Republic stun Galaxy with repeated history

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

    Bad fourth quarter sinks boys lacrosse

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

    Aggies’ walkoff win clinches series against Riverside

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Burns scores shootout winner to lift Sharks

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

    UCD roundup: Aggie women’s tennis dominates at home

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B10 | Gallery







    Millennials are changing our community

    By Rob White | From Page: A9

    With new owner, DAC will Get Fit

    By Wendy Weitzel | From Page: A9 | Gallery

    Grant writing for non-profits workshop set

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9





    Comics: Sunday, March 29, 2015

    By Creator | From Page: B8