The El Dorado Hills 11-and-12-year-olds won the Majors division in the District 54 Little League tournament on Saturday morning with help from a slew of sluggers in a stacked lineup. Everyone contributed to the EDH team going 5-0 in the tournament.
As EDH coach Jim Bazor put it, “There’s a new hero every night.” With a multitude of standout players to choose from, it was a difficult selection. The Telegraph decided on pitcher/outfielder Dylan Warren.
When EDH fell behind in Thursday’s semifinal against Folsom American, Warren came out of the bullpen and was lights out. He threw 2 2/3 innings of hitless ball, while striking out six of his eight outs recorded. Warren’s electric relief outing allowed EDH to come back and win to move on to the finals.
In a rematch with Folsom American in Saturday morning’s final, Warren ignited the offense with a two-run bomb over the scoreboard in dead center field that sparked a 15-run first inning for EDH. He also made a superb throw from the right field corner that was relayed home to shoot a would-be runner out at home to keep Folsom scoreless. Warren finished with four RBIs in EDH’s 19-4 championship-sealing victory.
Folsom Telegraph: How old are you, what school do you go to and what grade will you be in this fall?
Dylan Warren: I’m 13 years old, and I go to Marina Village Middle School. I’ll be in eighth grade.
FT: Do sports run in the family?
DW: My dad played baseball.
FT: How long have you been playing baseball? What position(s) do you play? What do you like best about it?
DW: Ever since Double-A, so since I was about 8. I pitch, I play first base, and I play right field. I like pitching just because I like throwing the ball.
FT: Do you play any other sports? What is your favorite sport?
DW: Basketball, but my favorite is baseball.
FT: What is your top baseball memory?
DW: My first home run.
FT: What’s your favorite class/subject in school?
FT: Favorite sports team?
DW: The (Golden State) Warriors.
FT: Favorite professional athlete?
DW: (Stephen) Curry.
FT: Favorite Food?
FT: What inspires you in sports?
DW: Watching other people succeed and get better and stronger.
FT: Do you have any interesting hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?
DW: I play catch a lot and hang out with friends.
FT: What do you think you might want to do when you grow up?
DW: Maybe be a professional baseball player.