Birmingham Patriots defeat Carson Colts 3 – 1 in the CIF LA City Section Division 1 Open Championship at Dodger Stadium
It was an emotional victory for the Birmingham Patriots who defeated the Carson Colts in the CIF LA City Section Davison 1 Open Championship on Saturday May 27, 2023. The Birmingham Patriots came into the championship game as the number three seed with a record of 22 - 8. The Carson Colts had a record of 17 – 10 – 1 and were the four seed.
The Patriots had a strong first inning on the mound from junior pitcher Richard Barrera, who gave up a 2-base hit but struck out Aiden Brasher, Dylan Mares, and Ivan Munoz. The Colts responded in kind defensively, and neither team found the scoreboard in the first two innings. The Colts took the lead in the top of the third inning after Barrera committed a balk. The illegal motion awarded Ryan Camacho the next base which brought the junior home from third base.
Birmingham responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Patriots got a base hit towards center field bringing home Ernesto Martinez who was on second base. The momentum that Birmingham had after the fourth inning continued into the bottom of the fifth, as the Patriots brought home Chris Woods after an RBI base hit from JB Dalumpines. The bottom of the fifth inning concluded with a Patriots lead of 2 - 1.
Birmingham increased their lead to 3 – 1 in the bottom of the sixth inning off a hit from Martinez that brought home Andrew Valdez from third base. The CIF City Section Division 1 Open Championship concluded at Dodger Stadium after the Colts failed to get any runs in the seventh inning.
The Patriots finished off an emotional season that meant a lot to Coach Matt Mowry and the community connected to Birmingham, “I’m excited because of how hard these young men worked to get here,” Mowry said, “and sad because I wish my wife were here.” Barrera shared a special moment with Mowry after the victory. He let Mowry know that he dug deep for him and that Mowry’s wife was here in spirit. The entire community was supportive of his loss, and the victory was dedicated to the honor of his wife, Amy Mowry, a former counselor at Birmingham High School.
The Birmingham Patriots will face the Calabasas Coyotes in the CIF SoCal Regional Division 2 State Championship on Tuesday May 30, 2023 at 6:00 PM. The Crespi Celts will host the Carson Colts, also in Division 2, on Tuesday May 30, 2023 at 4:00 PM at Hartunian Field.