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National 12-year-old All Stars boast veteran squad, ace pitchers
National 12s
Justin Hill of the Turlock National 12-year-old All-Star squad is set to be the big ace for head coach Lyle Zimmer. - photo by Journal file photo

Lyle Zimmer knows a thing or two about winning.

The head coach for the best Majors team in the Turlock National Little League, Giants, will now take over last year’s District 73 semifinalists, the 12-year-old All-Star team.

With a disappointing ending to last year’s tournament at the hands of crosstown rivals Turlock American, Zimmer and his team are eager for a second opportunity to finish what last year’s team started.

Zimmer also welcomes five players from the Giants group back with him along with four of the Dodgers, the National Major runner-ups.

"We've got a strong team this year,” said Zimmer. "We’re deep with pitching and catching and lots of fielders as well.”

Nine of the team's 13 players were part of the 11-year-old All-Star cast which makes the team more cohesive as opposed to other rosters.

To help the team, they welcome two known ace pitchers from the top two teams in the Turlock National Majors, Justin Hill of the Giants and Tyson Weatherbee of the Dodgers.

"We are sitting on the favorite side, because we have the number one and two pitchers in Justin and Tyson,” Zimmer said of his two ace pitchers.

With the help of assistant coaches Brian Weatherbee, who was the main man of the Dodgers and Joe Hill, the squad is looking forward to taking advantage of the opportunity ahead of them.

Raul Sanchez, Jon Edwards and Jeremy Kwom will look to make some noise at the plate with their strong presence with the bat and the famous Fernando ‘Panda’ Rodriguez will be welcomed back by Zimmer and the herd.

The team will also look to take advantage of the newly implemented, ‘flip flop rule,’ which essentially gives the team the luxury of a designated hitter for a field player.

Zimmer’s team will take on Yosemite at Los Banos at 4 p.m. today.