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Here is the official Team Picture for the USSSA Elite World Series held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida.  The boys have been working extremely hard recently and very much look forward to represent our area, and Southern California baseball, to the best of their abilities.  Best of luck out there boys!

 


The Valley Commandos wanted to express our gratitude and appreciation for your support at our RBI Classic Tournament.  It was great seeing some of the best 20 teams in Southern California in action all weekend long.  Congratulations to all of our winners: Gold Bracket - Pico Pride over So Cal Outlaws; Silver Bracket-
  • Valley Commandos over Waves Baseball; Bronze Bracket - IE Elite over Torrance Tribe.  
We look forward to repaying the favor in future fundraising tournaments and please be on the lookout for our next tournament in the fall.  We wish all of your teams the best of the luck in the remaining tournaments of the 2014-2015 season. 


The Valley Commandos are proud to announce that they officially picked up sponsorship from Easton.  The boys will begin to exclusively use Easton products going forward.  The Valley Commandos - Powered by Easton - very much appreciate the support!


The boys had a blast attending Spring Training in Arizona.  Here is a picture of the boys enjoying the Cubs vs. White Sox.  Looking good boys!


The Valley Commandos would like to thank all 18 teams for participating in our fundraising Long Ball Tournament at Mile Square Park & The Yard.  Congratulations to our winners - Gold Division: Valley Commandos over Pico Pride, Silver Division: So Cal Bombers over Waves Baseball & Bronze Division: Bakersfield Yard Dogs over Wongs.  Our team very much appreciates all of your support!

 


The boys (and families) had a blast at our annual Holiday Party.  From our families to yours, we wish all of you a very joyful Holiday Season.  May 2015 bring all of you health and happiness!  


The Valley Commandos are going to Florida!  The boys obtained a berth to participate in the USSSA Elite 32 World Series in late July 2015 by making the championship game of the Thanksgiving  Super NIT in West Covina and Chino Hills, CA.  The boys went 2-0 in pool play and obtained the #1 seed out of 14 teams participating.  On Saturday, the boys defeated the SGV Hustle 8-5.  On championship Sunday, the remaining 4 teams were all plagued by difficult rain conditions.  In the semi-final game, the boys defeated a strong San Diego Show team 4-2, in a game that was delayed twice due to persistent rain and problematic field conditions.  In the championship game, the boys  faced the All Out Elite from Northern California.  Once again, the game was plagued by rainy conditions and was halted in the bottom of the third inning.  The following picture shows the end result of all the rain!  Both teams were given berths to the Elite World Series, the most prestigious tournament in the country with teams from all across the US participating.  Great job boys on your continued development!


Congratulations to the boys for winning the Gold division of their own Halloween 2014 Fundraising Tournament!  A big thank you to all 12 teams that participated.  Congratulations also to the SC Outlaws for winning the Silver Division.  The Commandos faced an uphill battling after droping game 1 of the event to the Mid-Valley Bums 6-5.  In game 2 of pool play, the boys defeated the Upland Heat 7-1, earning the #4 seed coming into Sunday.  In their first game on Sunday, they faced the MV Bums once again and defeated them 13-5.  Next, the boys defeated the Conejo Grizzlies 12-0, setting up a championship game yet again versus the Toluca Titans.  The boys were down 3-0 after two innings.  After several timely hits and some good defensive plays, the boys took a 7-3 lead after 4 innings and won the championship game by a final score of 13-4.  Hats off to the boys for their second championship in a row; keep up the great work.  Next stop, Las Vegas!  


Congratulations to the boys for winning the 10U division in the Save the Brain Cancer Awareness Tournament in Fontana, CA.  The boys' bats were hot all weekend; on Saturday, they scored 46 runs in two games, earning them the #1 seed out of 14 teams.  On Sunday, they beat the Eastlake Bombers 10-0 in the quarterfinals and defeated the Cali Rays 11-8 in the semi-finals. In the championship game, the boys faced the always difficult Pegadores Elite.  The Pegadores took a 5-1 lead after one and a half innings, but then the Commandos bats came alive scoring 7 runs in the bottom of the second.  After several innings of well played baseball on both ends, the Commandos came out on top 10-9 in a game that was called due to light issues; hats off to both teams for a hard fought game.  As always, very proud of our boys for their resolve and effort; a great way to start our 2014-2015 season!  A very special thank you to our sponsor Province for our new red jerseys.    


The Commandos families wrapped up the summer season by playing their own softball game!  It was great seeing all of the mothers, fathers, siblings and even some grandparents in action!  The boys did their part by coaching, umpiring and announcing the game.  It was a fantastic time all around and one that should be repeated on a more consistent basis!    


Congratulations to the boys for winning the Triple Crown Central Coast Showdown in Pismo Beach!  20 teams from all across California participated in the event, which started with a great beach party on Friday night.  On Saturday, the boys dug themselves into a hole by losing the first game 3-1; however, they bouned back to win game 2 and ended up as the 7 seed coming into championship Sunday.  In their first game on Sunday, they defeated the VC Tribe 10-2.  During the semi-final game, the boys faced NLA yet again; it was a back and forth contest, but the boys came out on top 7-6.  In the championship game, the boys saved their best performance for last playing great defense, outstanding situational hitting and aggressive baserunning.  In defeating the Toluca Titans 8-0, the boys were able to bring home another championship!  Great job boys, your hard work continues to pay off!    


Congratulations to our boys for a strong showing at the Cecil Fielder World Series event; the Commandos took 3rd place in the competitive 9U Majors division, falling one game short of making the championship game.  Their only two losses of the event were to the two finalist (Pico Pride and San Diego Stars).  After falling to the eventual champion in the first game on the last day of the event, the boys turned around and beat NLA 9-3.  Up next was the hot hitting California Premier team; the boys gave up 7 runs in the top of the 1st inning and knew they were facing an uphill battle.  To their credit, they did not give up and continued to chip away at the lead.  The boys finally took the lead in the 3rd inning, only to fall behind by 1 run in the top of the last inning.  True to their recent past, they found a way to score two runs in the bottom of the last inning and eventually came out on top 12-11.  The win forced the boys to play their fourth game in a row (without any rest) against the San Diego Stars for a shot at reaching the championship game.  They took a quick 2 run lead; however, fatigue finally set in and the boys came up short at the end.  Nevertheless, still very proud of their overall performance during their first CF World Series event.  We look forward to improving our final standing next year! 


The boys recently took their official picture for the upcoming TBL World Series Program.  They have all been working extremely hard and are very excited to represent our area well.  Remember boys, BOB!  


The boys recently took up flag football playing in a local 10-12 year old league.  They started off the season slow, gained traction as the the season went on and won a nail-bitter in the championship game on May 30th.  Great job to all of the boys in their first flag football season together!  


After a couple of weeks off, the boys started off the second half of their season by winning the 1-Day tournament hosted by the Pegadores Elite in Westminster.  In their first game, the boys played good defense and beat the La Puente Heat.  In their second pool play game, they played well against the OC Crush and defeated them 4-2, ending the game by throwing a runner out at the plate.  In the championship game, the boys played against the always classy So Cal Outlaws.  The boys' bats were humming on all cylinders during the first couple of innings and ended up winning the championship game 12-6.  Hats off to all of the boys for their contribution up and down the lineup and for playing solid defense throughout the entire day.  Keep up the great work boys!!! 


The boys traveled over 400 miles to play in the Triple Crown Sports Spring Championships in several cities in Arizona.  During pool play, the boys defeated Del Mar Powerhouse (16-7) and Eastvale Nationals (11-1).  As the number 1 seed, the boys faced a tough Chandler Heat team, which started a very impressive pitcher on the mound.  The game was tight through 3 innings, but the boys found their stride and defeated the Heat 12-5.  In the semi-final, the boys defeated the SD Fury 8-3 and set up the 1 vs. 2 seed championship game against the Temecula Crush.  The Crush jumped ahead to a quick 3-0 lead in the top of the 1st, but the boys came back to score 4 themselves. In the 2nd inning, the boys extended their lead 7-3, but the Crush did not give up and took an 8-7 lead after 2 and a half innings.  After several other lead changes, the boys took command of the game in the bottom of the 5th with some timely hitting and closed it out in the top of the 6th with some great pitching!  Hats off to the boys for playing great baseball all weekend, for enjoying their teammates at Spring Training games and the pool and for giving the families so much to cheer for.  We are all very proud of you!


The boys won Pico Pride's Paint the Corner Fundraising Tournament over the March 8-9 weekend!  Another "fun-filled" weekend of exciting "Commandos Style" baseball.  Game after grueling game, the boys showed resiliency, poise and leadership on their quest for another championship run.  Using Coach Tyler's speeches as motivation, the boys defeated the Rampage in the quarterfinals with a California tiebreaker that kept us all on the edge of our seats!!!  The boys were able to get past the always difficult and very talented home town team, Pico Pride in the semi-finals.  In the championship game, the boys jumped out to an early 5-0 lead, however the mighty Thunder came back to tie the game, forcing our boys to reach down deep and supply the team with some much needed pitching and clutch hitting!  5 games in 2 days and another Championship trophy ~ Go Commandos!!!


It's great to see the boys having so much fun with each other!  This picture was taking at the TBL President's Day tournament right before their game vs. the San Diego Stars.  The boys played well this weekend, going 3-1 in pool play, beating the OC Crush on Monday morning and playing a good game vs the SD Stars, losing 7-4 in the quarterfinals.  B.O.B Commandos, B.O.B!

 


 The boys brought home another championship at the XDS Coastal Sports MLK Tournament!  On Saturday morning, they beat Team Clutch 6-1 and played a good game against the VC Tribe.  As the #1 seed, the boys were able to enjoy Sunday without any games.  On Monday, they played the 9U Patriots in the semi-final and won 11-1.  In the championship game, the boys faced the very talented and well-coached 8U Simi Patriots.  They started off slow, giving up 3 unearned runs in the top of the first and didn’t tie the game up until the bottom of the second inning.  The Patriots took the lead once again 5-3, but the boys tied it right back up in the bottom half of the third inning.  With 1 run in both the fourth and fifth inning, the boys wrapped up the championship with a 7-5 win.  Hats off to all of the boys for a great weekend of baseball! 


The boys visited the local Los Angeles Fire Department to donate the toys raised from our 1-Day tournament held on December 8th at VTV Baseball.  A special thank you to the Canes (Gold division champion), Team Clutch (Silver division champion), Montebello Mayhem, Thunderbolts, Westlake Stars, Toluca Titans, Encino Eagles, AVBA & SFV Saints for their participation.  Not only did we raise toys, but we were also able to donate to Emily #17 from the North Valley Titans.  Thank you to all of your participation and Happy Holidays!

 

 

 

 

 


What an exciting weekend of baseball, with three walkoff wins!  The boys played some tough competition all weekend and were fortunate enough to bring home some rings from the TBL Veterans Day Tournament.  In their first game, the bats showed up and the boys started off the tournament on the right foot.  In the nightcap, we were slotted to play against a very talented Team California squad.  The game played out as expected, with tight pitching, good defense and some great at-bats from both sides.  In the end, the boys were able to pull off their first of three walk-off wins.  On Sunday afternoon, the boys were able to overcome a very sloppy first couple of innings and came into the bottom of the last inning down 3 runs against a very well-coached IE Elite team.  True to their recent nature, they continued to believe in their bats and were able to come through yet again, walk off win #2!  In the championship game, they were faced up once again versus Team California.  In a true pitching duel, both starting pitchers were great and the boys were down 1-0 after 4.  We were able to go up 3-1 after five innings but California kept on battling and tied the score in the sixth.  In the bottom half, the boys once again showed their fight and were able to pull off walk off win #3 over the weekend!  Very proud of you boys, glad to see your hard work starting to pay off!!!



 

 


Kevin Pillar, of the Toronto Blue Jays, visited Commandos practice on October 22nd.  The boys have had the privilege of hearing from him on multiple occasions; however, this was the first time he stepped onto our practice field as a true Major League player.  Kevin continues to convey his message that hard work and sacrifice are necessary in pursuing any dream and he is truly living proof that dreams do indeed come true!  As a fellow West Hills native, all of us Commandos will continue to root for Kevin as he continues his Major League career and truly thank him for the time and message conveyed to our boys. 

    


The boys went over 110 miles to bring home another championship at the TBL Patriots Day Classic in Murrieta, CA.  During pool play, their bats were alive scoring 29 runs and giving up 9.  On championship Sunday, the defense tightened up, pitching was outstanding and the offense was strong enough to score 19 runs in 2 games, while giving up only 4.  Overall, a very good weekend of baseball; lots of focus, hustle and great team chemistry.  Great job once again boys!

 


Very proud of our boys for bringing home their first championship in the 9U division.  Our first pool play game vs. the Bees was a nail-bitter until the end with a big homerun and some timely hitting in the final inning.  On Sunday, we played a tough game vs. the Eagles and again found a way to reach the championship game.  In the ship, we played a very impressive 8U Simi Patriots team in a game that lasted over two and one-half hours!  In practically dark conditions, the boys were able to finally get the last out and bring home another championship.  Great start to the 9U season!


Westhills 8U Wins So Cal Super Region Champion; best 8U PONY team in Southern California for 2013!  The boys played some great competition during the tournament and beat a very good Redlands team in the championship in dramatic fashion.  On to San Jose for the West Zone World Series; great job boys!!!


Westhills 8U Wins North Region Championship!  The boys go 5-0 and outscore their opponents 49-16; on to Super Region!


Westhills 8U Wins North Region District Championship!  The boys go 4-0 on their home field, outscoring their opponents 48-7; on to Region!