The only thing Torrance didn’t execute to perfection the day of the World Series championship was the post-game Gatorade bath. Manager Rob Ybarra saw it coming, as did the reporter interviewing him. He didn’t care. Torrance solved the pitching riddle that had confounded all the other teams Atlantic Shore, New Jersey played, and won the 13-15 World Series, 6-1. “It’s a great time and a great feeling,” Ybarra said. “It’s one of those things where you come together as a team. I can’t say enough about their effort. Sometimes the talent might not be there, but as long as you have great effort, that might take care of itself. Kudos to our team, they played extremely well.”
Torrance won behind the stellar pitching performance from Kevin Ishimaru, who went the distance for his team. He allowed only one run on three hits and sat finished with six strikeouts. “Ishimaru, let me tell you. He got us here by beating Hawaii and now he got us the big win here,” Ybarra said. “He threw a heck of a game. He’s a big time player. He doesn’t look very big, but he pitched like he was 6’3”.”
Atlantic Shore manager Bill Rauzzino agreed, also commenting on Ishimaru’s dominant start. “He threw a great game,” he said. “Not many pitchers have held us down like this year and he did. We were never really in the game. Nick Atohi is an excellent pitcher, but they hit him. It’s baseball. We lost the game.”
Atlantic Shore’s pitching had been superb. They had allowed only five runs enroute to the championship, but couldn’t continue that run against Torrance.
Torrance didn’t relinquish the lead after scoring two runs in the third inning when they scored on an RBI double by Cary Arbolida and an RBI single by Jesse Esphorst.
Atlantic Shore’s lone run of the ballgame came in the third inning on an RBI single by Nick Atohi.
Torrance increased its lead with two runs in the fourth. Kai Hershberger started the inning with a single, plating Keanu Yamashiro.
After posting one run in the sixth, Torrance again scored one in the seventh. In the sixth, Torrance scored on an RBI single by Tanner Schafer, scoring Hershberger.
“We’re a fastball hitting team and Atohi did throw some good fastballs,” Ybarra said. “We do a tremendous job of taking bad pitches and swinging at good pitches.” Rauzzino said starter Nick Atohi was a little up in the zone throughout the game, which resulted in some hard-hit balls, including two triples in the seventh to pad Torrance’s lead. Those triples came courtesy of Thomas Bainton and Cary Arbolida, with the latter finishing 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored.
Atlantic Shore concluded their World Series with a second place finish and a 5-1 record. “We’ve had a good run, we just fell short,” Rauzzino said. “This team won the World Series as 14-year-olds last year. For them to come within a game of doing it again is really a remarkable feat.”