SGV Hustle Captures National Youth Baseball Championships 12U Crown
It was a battle between No. 1 and No. 2 for the National Youth Baseball Championships 12U crown, but in the end no one came came close to knocking the SGV Hustle from their familiar place at the top.
The Hustle won the NYBC championship, 9-3, over the Banditos Black from Houston, Texas at Baseball Heaven in New York Monday night. They did it behind two home runs, including a grand slam, and five RBI from Josh Sosa-Camacho, the NYBC Most Valuable Player.
“This feels so great,” Sosa-Camacho said. “These guys are like my family. We lose as a team, and we win as a team.”
Kyle Kirkland started for the Hustle and allowed a first inning run to the Banditos, but the deficit was quickly erased. Oscar Favela hit a two-run home run in the first, and Sosa-Camacho hit a solo shot in the second to give the Hustle a 3-1 lead. From there, the Hustle never looked back.
Sosa-Camacho blasted a grand slam during a big five run third inning that gave the Hustle all the cushion they would need. The Banditos uncharacteristically made three errors during the inning.
Lefty Joseph Naranjo came in to close things down for SGV with his blazing fastball and nasty offspeed breaking balls. With the final out, the Hustle players poured out of the dugout, threw water on each other and jumped into a dogpile on the mound. They finished the season with well over 100 wins, the NYBC Championship and the final No. 1 ranking in Baseball Youth.
SGV’s win marked the third time a team from California has won the NYBC crown, tying them with Texas for the all-time mark. Florida’s Chet Lemon’s Juice 12’s won the first title in 2008.