Mustang Blue All-Stars Win District Title

Mustang Blue All-Stars are presented their medals after winning the District 2 title.

Its nickname is “Blue” and it had opponents feeling blue last weekend at the PONY District 2 Tournament.

The Pacific Palisades Baseball Association‘s Mustang Blue 10U All-Stars routed East Long Beach’s ‘B’ team  13-1 in Sunday afternoon’s final at the Palisades Recreation Center‘s Field of Dreams and earned a berth in this week’s Section tournament at Los Amigos Park in Santa Monica.

Taking full of advantage of the home field, Blue outscored Redondo, Los Alamitos and East Long Beach by a combined 37-5 and was sharp in all aspects: fielding, pitching, batting, throwing, catching and especially baserunning. Jack Gurevitch hit four doubles in three tournament games and teamed with Owen Roy for a no-hitter Saturday against Redondo. Truman Pauley had four strikeouts in four innings in the final.

The Mustang Blue All-Stars consist of center fielder Gurevitch (right field/pitcher), Roy (first base/pitcher), Pauley (pitcher), Andrew Citron (center field), Wylie Wallin (catcher), Marty Kaplan (third base), Jack Bowden (left field/pitcher), Dylan Tatum (shortstop), Holden Gering (second base) and utility players Oliver Yi, Skyler Chang and Henry Roth.

Head coach Bruce Wallin was proud of his team’s performance and is looking forward to the Section playoffs, where Blue opens against host Santa Monica at 5 p.m. Friday. The winner plays either East Long Beach B or Torrance American at 5 p.m. Saturday. The PPBA’s other Mustang 10U team, Palisades Red, is also in the eight-team, double-elimination tournament and opens against Los Alamitos B at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Click here for the tournament bracket.

— Steve Galluzzo

Mustang Blue players celebrate the last out in the District final at the Field of Dreams.

Palisades Blue players with their championship medals after the District 2 tournament. / Photo: Michelle Gurevitch
Palisades Blue players with their championship medals after the District 2 tournament. / Photo: Michelle Gurevitch