Ruff Ryderz in Waimea

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    The Titans Under 12 of North Valley, California’s JR Zavala makes contact on a Ruff Ryderz pitch late in their game, Monday during the opening day of the Third Annual Baseball in Paradise tournament at the Waimea Canyon Park.

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    Ethan Ko, a Titans of North Valley, Californa supporter, gets in some throwing practice in the outfield as his team engages with the Kauai Ruff Ryderz Under 12 team, Monday during the opening of the Third Annual Baseball in Paradise tournament at the Waimea Canyon Park.

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    Levi Gonzaga, 8, the designated bat boy for the Titans Under 12 team from North Valley, California stays out of the way as Titan players vacate the dugout, Monday during the opening day of the Third Annual Baseball in Paradise tournament at the Waimea Canyon Park.

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    The Titans Under 12 team from North Valley, California, including manager Francis Gonzaga, bat boy Levi Gonzaga, and players Kai Gonzaga, Diego Tafolla, Mason Tanner, JR Zavala, Patrick Mulvey, Carlos Amparan, Anthony Rodriguez, Miles Ortiz, Nathan Isidro, and Julian Gonzales celebrate its 12-3 opening game win against the Kauai Ruff Ryderz 12U, Monday during the opening day of the Third Annual Baseball in Paradise tournament at the Waimea Canyon Park.

WAIMEA – This is the third tournament the Kauai Ruff Ryderz have had, said the Titans’ Under 12 team manager Francis Gonzaga of California, Monday at the Waimea Canyon Park.

“We were here during the inaugural tournament,” Gonzaga said. “This is our second team who came of age. I’m planning on being back with a third team in the future.”

The Titans had just completed a 12-3 win over the Kauai Ruff Ryderz Grey, an Under 12 team coached by Chad Delanoza, during the opening day of the Baseball in Paradise tournament hosted by the Kauai Ruff Ryderz baseball program.

“This is an islandwide youth traveling team program,” said Brandon Moises, coach of the Kauai Ruff Ryderz Under 11 team who was preparing to square off against the Pasedena Rangers of California.

Five Kauai Ruff Ryderz teams — a 9 and Under, an 11 and Under, the 12 and Under, the 13 and Under, and a 14 and Under — are participating in this tournament that runs through Friday.

Players come from all over from the Eastside through the Westside.

There is also a Ruff Ryderz team, a 14 and Under Ruff Ryderz Baseball Yucaipa of California.

In addition to the six teams participating from California, there is a Maui squad, an 11 and Under Kahului KHAOS, and the four Kauai teams.

Games are played daily through Friday at the Waimea Canyon Park on multiple fields to enable the completion of the different division schedule of at least five games during the tournament for each team.

“Because this is a youth travel baseball program, we have a lot of fundraisers,” Moises said. “And we don’t have too many opportunities to thank the many people who support the Ruff Ryderz by taking part in the fundraisers. We really appreciate the efforts of the community to allow the players an opportunity to play.”

Also participating in the Baseball in Paradise tournament are the Southern California Toros in the 11 and Under division, the Pasadena Rangers and So. Cal Toros in the 13 and Under division.

In other opening day action, the So Cal Toros blanked the Kauai Ruff Ryderz Black, 10-0 in an Under 12 division bracket play.

The Kauai Ruff Ryderz Grey in the Under 14 division redeemed that loss by defeating the So Cal Toros, 15-4 in the first outing. The second outing in the division saw the Ruff Ryderz White get past the Pasadena Rangers 10-2.

Action continues at the Waimea Canyon Park.

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Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@thegardenisland.com.

2 Comments
  1. I saw a Vampire once July 11, 2018 12:53 pm Reply

    You heard it before. Let’s go now…come on. ok. Come around. Did she come around? (he)


  2. I saw a Vampire once July 11, 2018 1:32 pm Reply

    Now that we’re into talk of sports. And you always seem to make me mad about the issues going around in sports and politics. Kaua’i High School baseball star Christian Manera’s dad, age 57, just passed away. He is in the obituaries. Christian was an all star for KIF and represented many people on the island. Just like the Martins in Lihue stated in their letter to you. Only this is sports, not in politics. News flash in baseball news if you wanted to know. Christian Manera is or will be a walk on at Henderson college, Illinois. Football. I didn’t say I liked everyone in sports.


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