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BEVERLY HILLS . Leaguers out c f tournament conlroven umpire's ' HiEs AlStars a "must atl  chaml- kss to the touma-  the bottom of his own run sec- was held t t a rniddie. Ce , threw wildly ret=ved the plate where took Taratoot's for d- Celled eafe to tie the t ahead, 2.1, in the drove home His cede baur Boomer Bq T0nq Castro Welles -- the hero of earlier Bevedy Hills vic- tories -- misplayed a ground bait force out at second by Wovag the ban  ng center- field and allowing the tying runto score. Righttieider Giovanni Seretti then saved the game for Beverly Hills at that point by throwing out Malibu's poten winning run at the pate. Beverly Hills took the lead a ird time in the top of the eghth inning as Ser doubted and scored on Stephen Murlo's single. Two base-runrtng mistakes kept Beverly Hills from adding to their lead in the eighth, and it was to cost them in the bottom ofthe inng when Mall's ,Josh Blrer -- who pitched the erfdre game -- ied off with a home run that again fled the game. Malibu then won the game in the bottom of the ninth when Cod=y spped a two-out, two-strike single to right off Soeber to drive in the winning run. Beverly Hills was tlxown into the "must win" situation last  when it lost, 4-2, to the Cuk, er City Little League All-Stars, lhe tournament favorites. Culver City's Brian Minor threw a two-hit. ter and outpitch Welles, who had taken an incredible idayoff and post-season pitching stre that  four wins. Welles allowed  City  ll'w hits but stzuck out one/ three and waled seven and led to their elimination from the toumamer phenom makes tl + NEWS PAGE I I Beverly Hills Major Little League All-Stars: Front row (left to right) Brian DeSena, Adam Missry, Noah King, Daniel Winter, Stephen Murillo. Middle row (left to right) Cad Stoeber, Evan Heuser, Adam Sassoon, Carey Heyman, Jonathan Cohen, Boomer Welles. Back row (left to right) Co-Manager David Corwin, Giovani Seretti, Manager Blake Murillo, Sam Taratoot, Coach Bruce Sachs, Jeffrey Weiss, Coach Frank DeSena. Taking issue with league "hierarchy" Dwr Ed. I have read the past two artJdes in your Opinion Column regarding the Bevedy Higs Little League and Boomer Wefles. It is time for the truth to be known! Unda Virgo (V'me Pres- ident of Bevedy Hilb Little League) was quot- ed "Our goal is to develop tolerance and corn- pas=on wn the Leaoue." She also mentioned that the Lithe League Board of Directors was concerned about written arlides about the League because they might inter- fere with what they were trying to accomplish in ptaosopW and prace. First of all, she rarely ever came to any of the Major League games to be a witness of what was ready temng pce. Secendiy, t wit- nessed very little tolerance or compassion towards the players and coaches by the League President (Sob Cohen) and some of the parents of the better attetes in the League. Many unnecessary comments and gestures were expressed towards certain players althe athletic es. I recall an incident this year when otx catcher over-heard the League Preddent express his negative opcx on his catching abTdes a he f so demoralized that he immedateiy requested to be taken out of the game. This was during a championship game! The son of the League's President was pitching at the time and our catcher misplayed a coupte of P.s pitches. In one other game this seas, Mr. kst control of ls emotions white in the stands and verbay assaued mysf (Manager) in front of the crewdt His son once again was the pitcher and he was having some difficulties throwing the . Tolerance and com- passkm she says Phipt./was  port aspect Unda Virgo mentioned, Yes, the tea of the Blue Jays was mysteriously assembled with three of the top ballplayars saveral Yea's ago. Coincidence that the President's son is one of the three players? Ithinknot, Because every- one is familiar with his ways. Unfairness in this League in Beverly Hills reached its lowest point at the beginning of this year of 1994. A crucial decision on the part of Bob Cohen, (President) Unda Virgo (V'ce President) and Mike Levinson (Major League players representative and Minor League Presidst) was implemented. The Major League Dron .ch cens of =x teams in 1993 was "chopped' into four tealls in 1994 against the  of all managers, coaches and an important League Board Member. This meant that out of appro)dmately 150 new applicants only about 25 players were selected to fill  roster of these four teams. Incidentally, each team already consisted of about 60% to 70% returning ptayers. It does- n't take a mathematician to figure out the per- cetege of children that either did not get a chance to  in Utile League this year or in a few cases, some twelve year olds were forced to plf in the younger division (Minor League) separated from their school friends and peers. The goal they say was to insure four stronger corne teams. Guess what, the teams weren that competitive and we played each other again every other game. There "could of been many more teams allowing everfone Ue aWnce to pert pate in Littie League this ye So much for ttr great ptosopy. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the article mentioning Boomer Welles and some of his successes this past baseball season. It is truly wonderful nature that we can take the time to compliment the childran and their positive effods on or off the baseball rd. Unfortu- nataly, Beb Cohen, M  and Unda V'wgo represerlt the inadequate behavior taes laCe within the community of Beverly Hills. I express this article to reveal the disgust and animosity towards the League's herarchy within the past few years. It is known that I am not  only one who feels this way. Troy Startonl Editor's note: Troy Startoni is th, e manag- e of the Beverly Hills Little League Blue Jays. 21-27, 1994