JUPITER, Fla. — Former Santa Monica High School pitcher Alonzo Gonzalez threw four innings of three-run ball in a losing effort Sunday in the championship game of the 18th annual Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities Senior Division World Series, as Gonzalez’s team, Los Angeles RBI, fell to Houston RBI, 3-1, at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla.
Gonzalez, who graduated from Samohi in June, gave up a one-run double in the top of the fourth inning and did not return to the mound following a three-hour rain delay in the middle of the game. He was credited with the loss.
“We just couldn’t get the sticks going that game,” Gonzalez said. “I really enjoyed myself. I played with a group of guys who wanted to win a championship.
“Although we didn’t win, nobody was down over it.”
It was Los Angeles’ second loss to the eventual champions, as Houston had won a 9-6 meeting between the two teams three days earlier. The four-day tournament featured eight teams from around the country competing in the Senior Division (16- through 18-year-olds), with Los Angeles advancing to the championship game after a 7-0 win against Detroit in the semifinals Saturday.
Gonzalez, who will play college baseball for Loyola Marymount starting this fall, was named Co-MVP of the Ocean League last season after finishing with a 4-3 record and a 3.10 ERA while striking out 42 in 40 innings of work.