BACK FROM COOPERSTOWN: Carrillo has big week in New York
Isaiah Carrillo of the SoCal Fury Elite travel baseball team had a strong showing at last week¿s American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. (ERIC MILLER PHOTO / June 12, 2013)
On “Elimination Thursday” of the American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame tournament, the second-largest travel ball invitational in the nation, the 12-year-old first baseman swatted three of his four homeruns to propel the SoCal Fury Elite into the under-12 final, which they went on to win, 12-3.
Needless to say, it was a stellar way to end a dominating week of baseball.
“I was just trying to do my best and get us to the championship,” said Isaiah, who went 12-for-20 at the plate.
The tournament took place over the week of June 1 at Cooperstown Dreams Park in Cooperstown, N.Y., and saw 104 top-notch teams go head-to-head for a chance at a trophy.
In the semifinal, the Elite — which is based in San Diego — defeated the No. 1 Santa Ynez Titans by a score of 6-3, in what Isaiah’s father Sal Carrillo deemed to be the “best game of whole tournament.” In it, Isaiah hit his third homerun to open the sixth inning.
The Elite’s last opponent, the Colorado Yard Dawgs of Parker, Colo., proved unequal to the task of staving off this California onslaught and fell without much resistance. Isaiah also hit his final homerun midway through the contest.
“It was an awesome experience,” said Sal Carrillo. “He enjoyed himself the whole week and played a lot of baseball.”
For the most part, the team was not greatly affected by the jetlag, despite the breakneck pace of the tournament. Playing two games a day is common but on Elimination Thursday, the Elite played four. The first began at 8 a.m. Cooperstown time, the second at 11 and the third at 1 p.m.
The championship was delayed by rain for hours and did not get underway until midnight, not ending until 1:30 that morning.
Afterward, the Elite had the chance to visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, an opportunity which Isaiah describes as “pretty cool.”
“It felt great,” he said of the overall experience, “just to know that the work had paid off.”
Isaiah’s plans for this summer include working out with his uncle and continuing to compete in tournaments with the Elite.