Former Centaur all-star leads youth team to World Series

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Culver City High School

alumnus Hector Zamora is inching

closer to winning the Babe

Ruth World Series, a year after

earning a berth for the first

time to the 14-Under national

tournament.

The former All-CIF Centaur

shortstop has guided Westchester’s

Babe Ruth 14-U team,

which includes Culver City players

Kelvin Murillo, Nolan Martinez,

Eli Saucedo and Jason

Zeidman, to a 3-0 mark after the

first weekend of competition at

Moses Lake, Washington.

The local 14-U team blanked

the previously undefeated State

of Florida champion, 15-0, on

Aug. 19 in a game to determine

the number one seed in the single

elimination playoffs scheduled

to begin August 22.

The west siders defeated an

overmatched New Hampshire

on Sunday, August 18, 11-7,

in the second game of World

Series pool play. Westchester

took control of the game early,

scoring six before New Hampshire

could record an out.

Westchester opened up the

World Series with a 7-1 victory

behind starting pitcher Martinez,

August 16, over the Pacific

Northwest champions, Mound

Time of Oregon.

Culver City’s Murillo executed

a perfect hit and run, and

Martinez singled to right in the

first inning, scoring Murillo in

the victory over New Hampshire.

Lefty Saucedo closed

the second round game with

an uneventful seventh inning.

Martinez went two for three

and walked twice.

Scott Zeidman, whose son

Jason pitches on the 15-under

squad now playing in Virginia

in the Babe Ruth World Series,

indicates that sponsorship for

the local 14-under and 15-under

World Series teams include:

Culver Crossroads, the new

shopping center on Washington

and Sepulveda, Joxer Daly’s,

known for its support with local

endeavors, and Vertical Fashions

Window Coverings owned

by Joe Delgado.

Zeidman also indicates

that Culver Crossroads’ Zinga

Yogurt and Blaze Pizza have

opened their businesses and

checkbooks to help out.

“These are our kids. They

are tomorrow’s leaders,” Joxer’s

owner and Culver City Councilman

Micheal O’Leary said.

“When a team can perform at

such a level, in any arena, they

deserve acknowledgement,

encouragement and support of

their community. I’m happy to

be able to help.”