Written by Todd Reddick
Congratulations to the team from Danville, CA on becoming the first team to qualify for the 2017 Intermediate World Series.
This will be the third straight appearance for Danville to represent California District 57 as the host team for this World Series.
This years team came into the District 57 championship with a combined record of 28-4, and after defeating Granada 14-0 in the Winner’s bracket game, it looked like Danville would roll to yet another championship.
However, Granada came back to beat the team from Pleasanton the next day, and then beat Danville 8-3 the very next day. This setup a winner-take-all rematch.
Danville fell behind 9-7 after the top of the fourth, and then again 11-9 going into the bottom of the seventh. With the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Danville had the tying run at third base and the winning run at second. A hard ground ball got through the left side of the infield to plate two runs, and the Danville team celebrated at home plate.
After the first loss to Granada, Manager Jim Grant kept a calming voice to his team. “We knew our ultimate goal of reaching the World Series was still in reach and that game was just a small set back. We worked all year at not being afraid to fail, but fearing not getting the chance to succeed”.
He also credits the mental approach and commitment that each of his 13 players make to each other as the basis for which the team is built. “13 players and 3 coaches with one heartbeat” is the team’s continued message throughout the season.
Danville will play their first game in the 2017 Intermediate World Series on Sunday, July 30th at 6pm PST at Max Baer Park in Livermore against the winner of the East regional.
There will be a parade at the Bankhead Theater on Saturday July 29th at 4pm to kick-off the 2017 tournament.
The first game will take place at 9am Sunday July 30th, and will continue all week until the championship game on Sunday August 6th at 6pm. The International Championship game (Saturday August 5th at 1pm), the US Championship game (Saturday August 5th at 5pm) and the Intermediate World Championship will be broadcast live on the ESPN network.
For more information, visit the tournament website at www.lliws.org.