Cubs fans, rejoice!
Cubs fans in La Plaza Little League, that is.
With dual victories in Saturday's LPLL majors and minors division championship games, the league's two Cubs baseball outfits finished a week of playoffs the way they began the week -- as No. 1 in their respective divisions.
On Saturday morning, the minors Cubs took down the White Sox 13-1 for the title.
Then in the afternoon, it was the majors Cubs' turn, rolling to a 16-0 victory over a solid Athletics team. While the team has ruled the roost in the division the last couple of years, the majors Cubs endured an upset loss to the Yankees in the June 2008 final. But on Saturday, manager Ryan Gabaldon and his blue-and-red crew found themselves accepting the La Plaza traveling trophy from those same Yankees, adding that prize to the hardware they'd won for finishing first in the regular season and then taking the tournament.
After the trophy ceremonies, which also saw the softball teams the Marlins and the A's recognized, LPLL President Manuel Lucero led an announcement of this year's All-Star baseball teams as chosen by team managers and coaches. The district tournament is slated for Rodriguez Park July 11-18.
They are as follows:
LA PLAZA 9-10 ALL-STARS
Manager: Robert Alarcon. Coaches: Rob Mondragon, Marcos Coca
Players: Xavier Garcia, Robert Gallegos, Brian Gonzales, Santiago Mondragon, Fernando Duran, Isaiah Trujillo, Pablo Garcia, Marc Grano, Joaquin Barela, Robbie Alarcon, Marcus Coca
LA PLAZA 10-11 ALL-STARS
Manager: Ben Archibeque. Coaches: Jerry Lopez, Joey Gallegos.
Players: Moses Esquibel, Marvin Esquibel, Jorge Gallardo, James Encinias, Rosendo Gonzales, Jordan Martinez, Jonathan Aragon, Jude Austin, Albert Contreras, Dylan Archibeque, Demetrius Nickson.
LA PLAZA 11-12 ALL-STARS:
Manager: Ryan Gabaldon. Coaches: Mary Bustos, Anthony Padilla.
Players: Jose Juan Romero, Diego Romero, Travis Valdez, D.J. Bustos, Salvador Lopez, Marcelo Sedillo, Andy Gabaldon, Robert Senior, Mike Ortiz, Sammy Martinez, Robbie Romero.
LA PLAZA 9-10 SOFTBALL ALL-STARS
Manager: Melissa Gold. Coaches and players not announced Saturday.
LA PLAZA 11-12 SOFTBALL ALL-STARS
Manager: Abie Ulibarri. Coaches and players not announced Saturday.