June 22, 2010 > Little League TOC results and schedules
Little League TOC results and schedules
By Biff Jones
Photos By Mike Heightchew
District 14 (Fremont and Newark) Little League Tournament of Champions Minors (age 9-10) first round play was held on Sunday, June 20.
Niles-Centerville throttled Centerville National at Newark American, 17-7; Newark National squeaked out a win against Mission San Jose, 9-7, at Centerville American; Warm Springs could not hang with the offensive clout of Newark American, falling 20-9 at Centerville National; and Centerville American out-slugged Fremont American, 11-8 at Mission San Jose.
All first-round games were guaranteed neutral playing fields. As the tournament goes deeper, teams can play themselves into home-field advantage by chance.
Newark National and Niles-Centerville will battle in one semifinal at NC's home field, while Centerville American and Newark American take on each other at Centerville National in the other semifinal. Both games will be on Tuesday, June 22, with a first pitch set for 5:30 p.m.
After two teams win and advance to the finals, those two clubs with play for the D14 Minors TOC championship on Thursday, June 24, also at 5:30 on the Warm Springs Little League field.
In Newark American's 20-9 win over Warm Springs, each team scored at least one run in every inning with the Ranges threatening to end the game on the 10 run mercy rule after their at bat in the fourth (led 15-4) and the fifth (led 16-5). However, each time the Athletics answered with runs in the bottom half of the innings to extend the game to the whole six innings.
Starting and winning pitcher for NA was Noah Koep, son of manager Tony Koep. He pitched two and two-thirds before reaching the maximum pitch count (65) allowed by Little League for this age group. Koep was relieved by Mike Williams in the third inning, who threw 31 pitches before being pulled in favor of Cyrus Amboy so Williams could pitch again on Tuesday with one day's rest. Justin Gottardi pitched the final inning for NA.
For Warm Springs, Cishaan Sharma started and lasted an inning and a third before being taken out after 62 pitches. He was relieved by Jimmy Scott, son of manager Matt Scott, who displayed a very unusual pitching motion while on the mound. Scott lasted one and two-thirds and threw 35 pitches before being lifted for Chassan Shamsee. Siddharth Suresh pitched the fifth for WS and Cicankshet Patel the sixth, respectively.
Leading hitters for NA were Alex Scully, who reached base four times on two singles and two WS errors; Williams went 3-4 including two doubles; Koep, a double and a single; and Marcus Galvez and Jose Nino, each with a double.
For Warm Springs, Shamsee had two singles; Patel singled, sacrificed and reached on a NA error; Crishabh Meswani singled and a walked; Vignesh Pethoraj walked twice and was hit by a pitch; and Suresh reached on two walks.
In Senior (15-17) TOC play on Father's Day, a team compiled from CN, NA and NN defeated a team from CA and NC, 3-2. NN and NC were the hosts or in charge of the two teams. Winners (NN) play Fremont American on Tuesday, June 22, in one semifinal at MSJ while WS and MSJ play the other semifinal on the same day at NC. The D14 Senior Championship is Thursday, June 24 at MSJ. All games are at 5:30 p.m.
D14 Juniors (14-16) TOC games are on Monday, Wednesday and Friday this week while Majors (11-13) TOC play is Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
TOC Championship games will be played this week in D45 (Castro Valley, Hayward, San Leandro, San Lorenzo and Union City.
In Minors action it is San Lorenzo American vs. San Leandro at Union City American (Hall Ranch Park on Dyer Street in Union City) on Tuesday, June 22, at 6 p.m.
For D45 Majors, San Lorenzo American takes on San Lorenzo National at Union City National (James Logan High School in Union City) on Wednesday, June 23, at 6 p.m.
In the D45 Juniors, Castro Valley American will play at Union City National on Tuesday, June 22, at 5:30 p.m.
And in the D45 Seniors, Union City American will play at Union City National on Wednesday, June 23, at 5:30 p.m.
TOC action last week in D59 (Milpitas, San Jose and Gilroy) saw Milpitas Braves lose to Gilroy, 5-4, in Majors' play and Milpitas Giants lose to Gilroy, 3-2, in Juniors.
For some leagues and divisions, All-Stars begin Saturday, June 26, or next week with district play lasting about two weeks and the winners advancing to sectionals. Big League Division (17-19) sectionals will get underway this Saturday. Minors (9-10 and 10-11) will advance to Division 2 (Nor Cal) Championship while Majors, Juniors, Seniors and Big League go all the way to the International World Series in each division.