By Ray Hamill — Two teams stand out above all others this week after a big showing for each of them at their respective Little League district tournaments.
The McKinleyville and Redwood Empire All-Stars not only won their tournaments, but both did so without a loss and by dominating their opponents.
And that earns each of them our co-Team of the Week honors, sponsored by College of the Redwood Athletics.
And who knows, but there were probably a player or two out there who could very well end up playing at CR some day.
Our athlete of the week honor, meanwhile, goes to William Bommelyn, one of several players playing well for the impressive Northern Humboldt Giants this summer.
TEAMS OF THE WEEK
McKinleyville 8-9-10 All-Stars
The future of McKinleyville Little League is in good hands.
On Wednesday night, the youngest All-Stars completed a big week with a 10-0 win over Redwood Empire in the championship round of the 10s tournament.
In three games at the tournament, McKinleyville outscored its three opponents 40-2 and left little doubt as to which was the best team in the district.
The McKinleyville players will now advance to the section tournament in Yuba City, which gets under way on July 15.
Fo more on their big week and a gallery of photos from the championship game, see Dominating Mack All-Stars clinch district championship …
Redwood Empire 11 All-Stars
The RELL 11-year-old All-Stars are headed to the Section tournament in Yuba City after clinching the District tournament with three wins in three games this week.
On Tuesday, the RELL players defeated McKinleyville 13-3 in the championship round.
Like the Macks 10s, the RELL 11s dominated all three of their opponents and left little doubt as to which was the best team in the area.
For more on their big week and a gallery of photos from the championship game, see RELL All-Stars continue to roll at district tourneys …
ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Northern Humboldt Giants
Several players have impressed for the NH Giants this summer, leading the team to 21 wins in 24 games, but it was the consistent Bommelyn who stepped up biggest of all on what was arguably the team’s most impressive showing of the season.
The Giants closed out their own three-day tournament with two wins over two of their toughest opponents of the season on Sunday, including a 5-3 win over Marysville in the championship game, after earlier defeating Sutter 4-3 in nine innings.
Bommelyn was hugely influential in the sweep, finishing with six hits on the day, three in each game.
More importantly, Bommelyn had the game-winning, walk-off hit against Sutter, driving in Del Norte and Giants teammate Jared Dixon for the winning run in extra innings.
For more on Bommelyn and the Giants, see Giants win two more, take tournament championship …