Encino Little League Bounces Back From Loss


The 12-and-under Encino All-Stars (10-1) Little League team rebounded after a heartbreaking loss to defeat El Segundo 2-1 in an elimination game in the Southern California North Sub-Divisional in West Covina Tuesday.

Elijah West pitched five innings, struck out four and only gave up four hits.

“I was just trying to get strikes, just throwing strikes and hoping for pop ups and ground outs and that’s what I got,” said West.

Encino’s pitching and defense was the key to the victory. Cameron Bolger, Mike Cohen, Jamie Robertson and Seth Stone all turned in defensive gems. El Segundo loaded the bases in the fifth inning, but Robertson’s diving catch to get the third out at first base left all three runners stranded.

“Jamie Robertson’s catch was the play of the game,” said Encino Manager Jeff Cohen.

Jack Scher and Mike Cohen blasted solo home runs. Stone added two hits. Grant Berman, Bolger, Gordon Magruder and Robertson each had one hit. Justin Greenwald struck out two and earned a pressure-filled save.

Encino has a chance at redeeming its only loss of the season to Conejo Valley on Wednesday, July 26 at 7 p.m.

They will have to defeat Conejo Valley twice in two days to win the sub-divisional. Encino is in the final four in Southern California and one of the final seven teams remaining in the entire state.

Southern California Divisional Tournament — 2441 E. Cortez St., West Covina

Game 8 – Conejo Valley vs Encino (TITLE) (7/27 – 7 p.m.)
Game 9 – If necessary (7/28 – 7 p.m.)

Game 1 – North Bracket Champions vs South Bracket Champions (7/30 – 3 p.m.)
Game 2 – North Bracket Champions vs South Bracket Champions (7/31 – 3 p.m.)
Game 3 – If necessary (8/1 – 7 p.m.)

14-Year-Olds

The 14-and-under team has a chance to clinch the sub-divisional title on July 27 at 6 p.m. in Tehachapi.

Southern California North Sub-Divisional Tournament (all games in Tehachapi)

Game 5 – Encino vs Golden Hill (TITLE) (7/27 – 6:00 p.m.)
Game 6 – If necessary (7/28 – 6:00 p.m.)

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