The Turlock Little League Seniors' season ended prematurely last weekend after they suffered back-to-back defeats at the District 8 Section 6 Tournament in Stockton.
Phil Salazar likes to go to one player whenever his Turlock American East All-Stars in the 12-year-old Little League division are in a tough spot. It's because he's a proven talent who doesn't get rattled very easily.
In a way, the Turlock All-Stars Little League Seniors knew they were going to arrive at this point.
There was no way Phil Salazar was going to do it. The coach of the Turlock American East Little League All-Stars in the age 12 division didn't want to say that only one or two players have been important to the team's success this season.
When things began to look uncertain, the Turlock Senior All-Stars huddled up near the dugout at Pedretti Sports Complex. Coach Ben Cantrell said a few words and the players listened.
It wasn't supposed to end like this.
"Dominated" is a word that isn't used too often when it comes to Little League, a place where most of the athletes are not just learning about the basics of baseball but in some cases figuring out where to stand during announcements of the starting lineups.
The kids were all hot and sweaty, and they still wanted more.
There was only one way the Bruins were going to win the Turlock Girls Softball Championship on Monday. And that was to dominate.
It was a tough task for the Turlock Fire Elite U-15 boys soccer team - to play five games in three days.
The Junior Diamondbacks were on the verge of a disaster, as their best pitcher was close to reaching his pitch-count limit and their opponents, who had redemption in their hearts, wanted to be the ultimate spoilers. This was in the top of the sixth inning, when the Junior Angels were eager to explode for a few scores.
These kids could have easily stayed at home, maybe watch some cartoons while having their favorite plate of food in front of them. Or perhaps find something more troublesome to do.
After blowing a big lead to pieces, the Junior Diamondbacks of the Turlock Little League did not panic.