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Conquering The Little League

Jul 07, 2023 12:00AM ● By By Debra Dingman

The Dixon Little League Dist. 64 Champions are pictured L-R. Back row: Coach Ernesto Ramos, Ben Boekee, Manager Josh Puch, Coach Perry Settlemoir III. Middle row: Xzavier Puch, Nick Nelson, Perry Settlemoir IV, Alan Campuzano, Riley Soares, Carson Ramos, Julian Mendoza, Brayden Prescott, Daniel Guerrero. Bottom Row: Declan Habbeshaw, and Preston Canela. Photo by Sarah Settlemoir

District 64 Allstars 8-10 Become Champions

DIXON, CA (MPG) - As far back as can be found, the 8-10 All Star Team in the Dixon Little league has not been found to be champions – but they are now!

“I’ve looked as far back as I can and back to 2006, there has not been an All-Star team that has made it to the All Star rounds and my son’s team (Dixon’s Little League) has gotten this far,” said Sarah Settlemoir, mother of one of the players who is also wife of one of the coaches. “That’s 17 years!”

The team went into the Championship round undefeated and included an over the fence grand slam by Ben Boekee and a walk off single by Alan Campuzano.

“They were 3-0 when going into the Championship rounds Friday but took a tough loss to Woodland National, which forced game two,” she reported. Dixon came back with a ton of heart and passion for the game. They battled hard and took the lead early. They ended up winning the game with a 10-run lead in the bottom of the 4th inning.”

They were crowned District 64 age 8-10 All Star Champions. Since they are crowned, they are advanced to the next round that would be the Section Tournament. The dates are July 13 through July 19 in Lafayette, near Concord.

“These boys have been playing ball since March and haven’t let up. Their season continues on with the next level,” she said. The team manager is Josh Puch and the Coaches are Perry Settlemoir III and Ernesto Ramos. Puch admits the team is rare.

“They have no quit in them. They fight for each other. There are no bad attitudes. They pick each other up when they’re down and they all get along – that’s crazy because they are 10-year-old boys,” he said. He’s been coaching Little League since an older son started playing five years ago and is coaching his younger son now.