1999 Toys for Tots Charity Tournament Report

Name: Toys for Tots Charity Tournament

Dates: December 17-19, 1999

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

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

About the Tournament

Building on last years success and continuing the spirit of giving, Pacific Coast Baseball hosted it's 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 less the fortunate children celebrate Christmas. Pacific Coast Baseball is proud to be a part of this special event and worthy cause.

Tournament Results:


RAH Indians [12], Go Yard! [6]

So. Cal. Quakes [6], California Rebels [9]

Championship Game

RAH Indians [11], California Rebels [5]

Winning Pitcher, George Dorado

Losing Pitcher, Robert Verstaeten

Save, Sal Villaseñor

HR's - none

RAH Indians Claim 1999 Toys for Tots Title

Championship Game Recap

The RAH Indians defeated the California Rebels, 11-5 behind strong pitching from George Dorado to claim the 1999 Toys for Tots trophy.

Dorado, who did not start because he arrived late from another game, replaced Juan Mercado at third base and made two dazzling defensive plays. The Indians had a 4-0 lead with runners on first and second in the bottom of the third inning when Dorado fielded a hard hit ball and dove toward third base just ahead of a sliding Corky Flores for the second out of the inning. After a walk loaded the bases, Dorado handled another hot shot and stepped on the bag to end the inning and preserve the four run lead.

Fernando Mercado started on the hill for the Indians, and pitched well, allowing only two runs in the first three innings. George Dorado, who hit four batters, and was removed in the eighth, pitched effectively enough for the win and kept the Indians out in front. He gave up three runs in five innings of work, before yielding to Sal Villasenor, who pitched the ninth to secure the victory.

Mercado also helped with the bat, going 2-for-4 with 3 RBI.