2000 Toys for Tots Charity Tournament Report

Name: Toys for Tots Charity Tournament

Dates: December 8 -10, 2000

League Name: Pacific Coast Baseball League, www.pcbl.com

Tournament Director: James DuPrey, (818) 883-2423

About the Tournament

Building on the success of the previous two years and continuing the spirit of giving, Pacific Coast Baseball hosted it's 3rd annual Toys for Tots Baseball Tournament. The event is held in December just a week or two before Christmas. In order to participate in this charity tournament, each player must donate a $20 retail value unwrapped toy. All collected toys are then delivered to Toys for Tots to help the less fortunate children celebrate Christmas. Pacific Coast Baseball is proud to be a part of this special event and worthy cause.

Tournament Results:


Padres [2], Orioles [10]

Terror [4], Plain Wrap [10]

Championship Game

Plain Wrap [8], Orioles [10]

Winning Pitcher, George Dorado

Losing Pitcher, Joe Arnold

Save, Sal Villaseñor

Coach Knez
Orioles manager, Chris Knezevich with team trophy
Orioles "Wrap-up" 2000 Toys for Tots Title

Championship Game Recap


It took the Orioles 11 innings to do it, but they captured the 2000 Pacific Coast Baseball Toys for Tots Tournament with a 10-8 victory over Plain Wrap at Stengel Field.

Plain Wrap’s Scott Sharts hit a two-run home run in the top of the first. The Orioles took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the first on three consecutive run-scoring singles from Charlie Salazar, Felipe Olmos, and Sef Salas.

Plain Wrap countered with three runs in the fourth inning to reclaim the lead, 5-3. Sharts singled and scored a run, and Dwayne Montgomery, Kevin Milligan, and Dave Cravens each had RBI.

Eric Nelson hit a solo homer in the top of the eighth to give Plain Wrap a 6-3 lead, but the Orioles scored three runs in the bottom of the inning to tie the game at 6-6. Salas hit a solo shot and Doug Latta and Nacho Olmos drove in the other two runs in the inning.

Sharts hit his second round-tripper of the game (one in the semi-final also making it his third of the day) in the ninth to give Plain Wrap the 7-6 advantage, but Money Tourney MVP Jason Mitchell blasted a solo shot with one out in the bottom of the ninth, sending the game into extra innings.

Plain Wrap went up, 8-7 on an RBI-single in the eleventh from Andy Hodgins and only needed to retire the final three batters in the Orioles lineup to claim the title.

An error and a walk sandwiched between a pair of flyouts left two men on base with two outs and Carlos Olmos at the plate.

Olmos connected and launched a three-run game-winning homer into the evening sky, propelling the Orioles to an exciting 10-8 victory.

Said Olmos, “I knew I had a chance to give my teammates and the [Toys for Tots] kids an early gift and that’s just what I did!”

Orioles team defeated Plain Wrap 10-8 in extra innings