SB Pony Red wins Memorial Tournament title

The Santa Barbara Pony Red All-Stars won the Memorial Day Classic baseball tournament

The Santa Barbara Pony Red All-Stars won the Memorial Day Classic baseball tournament

The Santa Barbara Pony Red All-Star baseball team went 5-0 en route to its first tournament championship.

Santa Barbara Red defeated the Santa Barbara Pony 11u team, 11-0, in the Championship game of last weekend?s Memorial Day Classic.

Santa Barbara Red jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first inning and never looked back. Tommy Holguin was dominating on the mound pitching 4 innings of no-hit ball to earn the win. Jack Deardorff and Scott Feldman each had a pair of hits.

The Santa Barbara Red opened the tournament with an 18-4 win over Santa Barbara Pony Blue team. Zach Jensen led the offensive attack with 3 hits and 3 RBIs. Jackson Hamilton had 2 hits along with 2 RBIs. Anthony Ramirez reached on an error and scored a run. Travis Pierce and Derek True each added singles, while Dominic Roderick earned the win, pitching 3 innings, allowing 2 earned runs and striking out two.

Next up for Santa Barbara were the Santa Ynez All-Stars. Santa Barbara led 4-1 through 4 innings until they broke out with a 6-run 5th innings to take a commanding 10-1 led. Deardorff, Holguin and Jose Navarro each had 2 hits while Toby Spach and David Gladish each had singles. Chase Mayer pitched 4 strong innings, allowing just 2 hits and 1 earned run to earn the victory.

In their third game the Red All-Stars were matched up against a very tough Santa Barbara Sharks team. SB Red jumped out to an early 3-2 lead after one inning of play. The score remained 3-2 until the Sharks scored a pair of runs in the top of the 4th to take a 4-3 lead. In the bottom of the 6th Holguin led off with a single to left, Jensen followed with a single to left, scoring Holguin and tying the game. After Steals of second and third base, Jensen scored the go-ahead run on a single to right field by Scott Feldman to take a 5-4 lead.

Santa Barbara Red held on for the win and earned the top seed heading into single-elimination play.

In the semi-finals Santa Barbara drew a rematch with Santa Ynez. Jensen started on the mound and pitched 4 innings, scattering 4 hits and striking out 2. Jackson Hamilton came on in relief and threw 2 innings, allowing 1 hit and striking out 2. The game was close through 3 innings with Santa Barbara leading 4-2. Santa Ynez tied the score 4-4 in the top of the 4th.

Santa Barbara broke the game open with 7 runs in the bottom of the 4th to take an 11-4 lead and that is the way it would end. Chase Mayer had 3 hits and 2 RBIs. True and Jensen each added two hits apiece, while Spach and Navarro each added a single apiece.

Next up for the Santa Barbara all-stars is a tournament June 8-9 in Santa Ynez.

The team is managed by John Jensen and assisted by Jeff Spach and Joe Roderick. The team consists of Jack Deardorff, Scott Feldman, David Gladish, Jackson Hamilton, Tommy Holguin, Zach Jensen, Chase Mayer, Jose Navarro, Travis Pierce, Anthony Ramirez, Dominic Roderick, Toby Spach and Derek True.