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Championship play
Ceres Youth Baseball staged its end-of-year playoff tournament, June 6-13, at George Costa Ball Field Complex.

The Yankees, Astros and Giants placed first, second and third, respectively, in the Pony Division.

The top-seeded Yankees won all four of their playoff games.

The Yankees reeled off 17 straight wins after opening the season with a 14-4 loss to the Giants.

"We won every game after that," head coach Bill Campbell said. "That's quite an accomplishment. The kids did a great job this year."

The Yankees edged out the Astros 2-0 for the title on June 13.

Justin Black and Austin Kubala split time at pitcher.

Black tallied seven strikeouts in four innings.

Kubala fanned four in three innings.

The Yankees grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second inning.

Ethan Schute scored on Ivan Betances' hit.

Timothy Campbell drove in Nathan Duffy with a single in the fourth inning.

"It was a very competitive game," coach Campbell said.

The Yankees beat the Astros 11-1 on June 10, Nationals 12-2 on June 9 and Waterford-I 10-0 on June 8.

The second-seeded Giants overcame a 4-1 deficit and defeated the top-seeded Angels 8-7 for the 11-12-year-old crown on June 13.

The Warriors placed third.

The Giants avenged a regular-season loss to the Angels.

"The kids stepped up and shined," head coach Robert Garcia said.

Daniel Scott scored the winning run on Robert Garcia Jr.'s hard-hit grounder during the championship game. The throw to home plate was high.

The Giants, 14-2 on the year, posted a perfect 4-0 record at the playoff tourney.

The Giants topped the Angels (6-4) on June 10, and the Rivercats (7-3) and Yankees (5-1) on June 9.

"It was a great team effort by the kids," coach Garcia said.

The Yankees captured the 9-10 championship despite being the No. 3 seed.

The Rockers and Brewers finished second and third, respectively.

"We played smart baseball," Yankees head coach Mark Partida said. "Everybody contributed."

The Yankees scored five runs in the third inning and pulled away for an 8-2 win over the Rockers in the title game on June 13.

Noah Miranda, Dominic Maldonado and Bryce Gouker pitched on the winning side.

The Yankees forced the winner-take-all game with a 7-5 victory against the Rockers.

The Yankees bested the Brewers 5-2 on June 10 and Athletics 7-0 on June 9.

The Yankees lost once to both the Rockers and Brewers during the regular season.

"The boys were ready to play," said Partida, whose team compiled an impressive 14-2 record this season.