Sharpe’s winning hit lifts DPLL’s Cubs

The Dos Pueblos Little League Cubs won the first Greater Santa Barbara Youth Baseball Upper Division Tournament.

D.J. Sharpe singled in the winning run to cap a four-run, two-out rally in the fifth inning, leading the Dos Pueblos Little League Juniors Division Cubs over the DPLL Yankees 5-4. The win captured the first-ever Greater Santa Barbara Youth Baseball Upper Division 2012 Tournament Championship on Monday at Goleta Valley South Little League. The four-day tournament included teams from Dos Pueblos, Goleta Valley South and Santa Barbara Pony leagues.

The Cubs’ Austin Bull pitched five complete innings for the win, while Peter Appel earned a save, pitching two scoreless innings in relief. The Yankee’s Matt Nichols pitched three shutout innings before giving up a single to Chris Noggle, who stole second and eventually scored on a throwing error in the fourth.

Singles by Will Parker, Appel, Noggle, and a triple by Travis Craven in the fifth inning, led to Sharpe’s game-winning hit.

The tournament, featuring baseball players aged 13-14 from eight different teams, was played at GVSLL, DPLL, San Marcos and Santa Barbara High Schools from April 20-23.