The championship round of the Babe Ruth Central California State Tournament went pretty much the way the rest of the tournament had gone for the Five Cities 13-year-olds.
They thoroughly out-hit, out-pitched and out-defensed the opposition.
Five Cities rolled to the tournament title with a 13-3 win over Lodi at Elks Field Wednesday in the first game of the title round. Five Cities made sure no second game would be necessary.
Five Cities went 4-0 in the state tourney, out-scoring its opposition by a combined 53-11. The Santa Maria Babe Ruth organization hosted the double elimination tourney.
Next up for Five Cities: The Southwest Regional Tournament that will take place July 23-28 in Surprise, Arizona.
"I'm really excited about the regional," said Five Cities pitcher-shortstop Kaden Tynes, the tournament MVP.
"This will be my first regional. This team (we have) is like the dream team."
It was clear early on Wednesday that there would be no second game that day. Five Cities scored twice in the top of the first inning and never looked back.
The first four Five Cities batters, Ty Scrudato, Josiah Cabreros, Tynes and Marc Byrum, singled.
Tynes drove in the first-inning runs with his hit, a line drive to right that just went over the out-stretched glove of Lodi second baseman Kyle Mann,
Lodi made seven errors Wednesday, but the Five Cities batters did plenty to help themselves.
Five Cities racked up 15 hits. Tynes went 4-for-5 (he would have been 5-for-5, but Lodi right fielder Matt Oliver threw to second for a force out after the ball Tynes hit had fallen in for an apparent hit), and drove in five runs.
Byrum had three hits and two RBIs. Cabreros, Mikey Afzali and Carter Ammons all drove in a run.
Seven Five Cities batters had at least one hit, and Scrudato had three.
Joshua Anderson had the lone RBI for Lodi, driving in Gianni Casazza with a single in the first inning. Lodi's other runs came via a hit batsman and a wild pitch.
Five Cities used three pitchers. Tynes started and went one inning, Byrum pitched into the fourth, and Scrudato worked the final four innings.
Scrudato and Byrum joined Tynes on the All-Tournament Team. Anderson and Casazza were also on the all-tourney squad. The rest of the All-Tournament Team consisted of Cayden Muir and Gabe Magallan of Hanford, Griffin Garcia of Northwest Bakersfield, Jared Dean of Selma and Keith Reed of Madera.