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September 26, 2023
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Los Gatos Little League 9U All Stars shine brightest, win District 12 championship

The four Los Gatos Little League All Star teams that make up the 9U to 12U age group all are done with their respective tournament seasons. 

An older group, the Intermediate all stars, played July 3 in the Sectional championship round and as the only undefeated team in the tournament needed to be beaten twice. 

Los Gatos played at Quimby Middle School in San Jose against Capitola/Soquel, a team it rolled 12-2 in the semifinals. Los Gatos also beat Santa Teresa by that identical score to open Section 5 Tournament play. 

The 9U squad was the only team up to 12U that won a District 12 championship, capturing the title with a resounding 11-3 win over Branham Hills on June 26. That capped a 5-0 tourney run for Los Gatos, which opened up the tournament with a 6-5 win over Willow Glen before rolling to a 9-2 victory over Lincoln Glen.

That was followed by a 15-12 decision over the same Branham Hills team it beat in the championship game. Los Gatos then punched its ticket to the title round with another one-run victory, 5-4 over Almaden in the semifinals. The 9U age group doesn’t go beyond District, so Los Gatos ended its season the best way possible—on top. 

The three other Los Gatos All Star teams had their seasons end in District, a year after those particular age groups advanced to the Section tournament. The 12U team lost to Willow Glen 7-3 in the District 12 semifinals. 

The 11U team lost to eventual champion Quito-Saratoga 2-0 in the semifinals and the 10U squad lost to eventual champion Lincoln Glen 10-0 in the semifinals. 

Here are the rosters for each team:

The 9U team had Chase Bratten, Dylan Brown, Daiden Christian, Dean Drew, Leo Fan, Luke Fischer, Orson Harley, Barrett Laubach, Thomas Leitch, Liam McDonald, Jake Munro and Jeremy Youkilis with Mike Drew as manager. 

The 10U team had Jax Brady, Oliver Chang, Jeremy Chiala, Mickey Denevi, Josh Granum, Grant Howard, Brody Kellenberger, Nicolas Madeiros, Charlie Nielsen, Tommy Rabitz, Logan Williams and Zachary Youkilis with Brian Chiala as manager. 

The 11U team featured Parker Bertsch, Magnus Bottoms, Evan Choe, Noah Denevi, Joshua Doctorow, Carter Dunstan, Cayden Endweiss, Mason Lucq, Colton Madden, Grady O’Brien, Beau Shyba and Cameron Von der Ahe with Chris Denevi as manager. 

The 12U team had Frankie Czyz, Ryder Davis, Cody Fischer, Austin Fondiller, Randy Hanson, Ray He, Kyle Mogensen, Carson Reynolds, Luke Willerer, Nolan Wong, Hunter Zeid and Cade Zimmer with Chris Mogensen as manager. 

The Intermediate team features Lucas Bottoms, Grant Browder, Ryan Carlisle, Cruz Catipon, Aarav Chugh, Nico Flores, Colton Kalin, TJ Lombardi, Cristian Machado. Kyle Matar, Brixton Mentz-Bonnifield, Jimmy Mort and Dexter Torres with Andre Torres as manager. 

They’re No. 1! The LGLL 9U All Star team won the District 12 championship game June 26. Photo by Chad Kutting.
Emanuel Lee
Emanuel Lee primarily covers sports for Weeklys/NewSVMedia's Los Gatan publication. Twenty years of journalism experience and recipient of several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. Emanuel has run eight marathons with a PR of 3:13.40, counts himself as a true disciple of Jesus Christ and loves spending time with his wife and their two lovely daughters, Evangeline and Eliza.

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