The Ceres Twins pulled off a major upset on June 14, shocking the top-seeded Pack 6-5 in the championship game of the Ceres Youth Baseball Pony Division recreational league single-elimination tournament at George Costa Fields.
"I'm surprised a little bit but I knew we had it in us," Twins standout Adam Hall said. "We were ready more than them."
The sixth-seeded Twins entered the contest with a 6-7-1 record.
The Pack were near-perfect at 12-1.
"Our goal was to win this tournament," said Twins coach Gary Glendenning, whose team finished 3-0 at the seven-team event. "We didn't worry about the regular season."
Adam Hall pitched the first four innings for the Twins before giving way to Ivan Raya.
Hall yielded three unearned runs and two hits with six strikeouts and no walks.
Raya allowed two earned runs and three hits. He struck out three and walked one.
"I was nervous a little bit, but I just knew I had to keep my cool and throw as many strikes as I could," Adam said.
A last-ditch rally by the Pack in the bottom of the sixth inning fell short.
Bryson Waring walked, stole second, moved to third on Caleb Haverly's single and scored when Alex Lomeli reached on an error in the outfield to cut the deficit to 6-4.
Haverly tried to score on the misplayed popup as well but was tagged out by Hall, who started at catcher for the final two innings.
Anthony Reimann kept the Pack's comeback hopes alive when he drove in Lomeli with a single up the middle.
Reimann stole second and third base, before Jeremy Cagle grounded out to end the game.
The Twins survived thanks in large part to Hall's heads-up play.
"I don't think he (Haverly) touched the plate," Adam said. "I dropped down and put my knee in front of it."
The Twins led from start to finish.
"Everybody contributed," coach Glendenning said.
They took advantage of five walks, including three with the bases loaded, and one error en route to tallying three runs in the top of the first inning.
The Twins scored twice in the third and once in the fourth to make it a 6-3 game.
The victory avenged two regular-season losses to the Pack.
"The better team won today," Glendenning said.