Los Vatos Locos three-peat

WILMER PARK — Freddy Araujo’s Los Vatos Locos captured a third straight Ye Olde Town Bocce League championship on Saturday, scoring 13 unanswered points after a 4-4 tie to upend Rolling Stoned, 17-4, to finish off the spring season.

This was a rematch of the fall 2023 final when Los Vatos Locos scored three points in the final frame for a 17-16 come-from-behind victory.

Overall, Los Vatos Locos have won four league titles.

They were unbeaten for the second season in a row — 10-0 overall after going 8-0 during the regular season.

Earlier in the week, Los Vatos Locos defeated Scalawags, 17-13, to determine the Thursday night champion.

Scalawags went 7-1 during the regular season.

Meantime, Rolling Stoned defeated DeBoccery, 17-12, to determine the Tuesday night champ. Both sides went 7-1 during the eight-week regular season.

Ye Olde Town Bocce League started in the fall of 2013 with a modest goal of attracting 25 players.

Instead, the turnout was 66 — enough for 10 teams.

The league has flourished, with hundreds of players in both the spring and fall seasons.

All told, this spring there were 48 teams — 24 playing on Tuesday nights and 24 playing on Thursday nights.

Frank Hurst as the founding commissioner has been the driving force in the league’s success.

Expressing the thoughts of many, Freddy Araujo wrote in an email, “Thank you Frank for having created such a great addition to our wonderful community. It is appreciated.”

After a decade of leadership, Hurst is stepping down as league commissioner. His successor is Jim Mason.

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