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June 14, 2011 > D45 tournament underway

D45 tournament underway

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.

As prep sports closes the book on another season, the summer months bring the local communities together with Little League Baseball's all star tournaments. It all began Saturday, June 11, and Sunday, June 12, with the District 45 Tournament of Champions.

D45, with 12 leagues from Union City, Hayward, San Leandro, San Lorenzo and Castro Valley, had all its levels begin the Tournament of Champions (a double-elimination tournament), pitting each league's winner against each other.

In the Minors, first-round games were played on June 11. Hayward West National topped Union City American, 9-5; Union City National beat out Castro Valley National, 16-6; San Lorenzo American topped Ashland, 10-2; and Tennyson American ousted San Lorenzo National, 7-2. On day two of the tourney, Treeview took on Hayward West, but despite a bye, Hayward advanced with a 10-5 win. Union City National couldn't win two in a row, dropping its second-round game, 14-7, to San Leandro. San Lorenzo American moved on with a 7-0 win over Castro Valley American. And Tennyson American also improved to 2-0 on the tourney with a slugfest win over Mt. Eden, 24-16.

Meanwhile, in the Majors, in first-round action, Treeview beat Mt. Eden, 4-0; San Leandro downed San Lorenzo American, 9-4; Tennyson American pounded Ashland, 15-5; and San Lorenzo National tripled Union City American, 9-3. On Day two, Treeview kept its winning ways with a 12-1 win over Castro Valley National; Union City National edged out San Leandro, 8-6; Castro Valley American hammered Tennyson American, 10-1; and San Lorenzo National slugged out 19 runs in a 19-2 win.

In Juniors action, with less teams, there were less first-round matches. On June 11, Union City National topped San Lorenzo National, 10-7; Union City American shutout Ashland, 7-0; and Mt. Eden had the perfect pitching-hitting combo in a 25-1 rout. On June 12, only one game took place, with San Leandro giving Treeview an 18-0 beat down.

And for the Seniors, with only eight clubs in the tournament, had just one day of games, a four-pack on June 11. Treeview squeaked out a 3-2 win over San Lorenzo American; Union City National made easy work of Ashland, 12-0; Castro Valley American out-slugged Union City American, 9-4; and Mt. Eden and Castro Valley National played to a 3-3 draw (still undecided at time of press).

All winners keep advancing on in each tournament, needing the fewest wins to be crowned champions. Any team placed with a loss goes into the Elimination Bracket where they can not afford another loss or their season will end. D45 TOC play resumed on Monday, June 13, with a slue of Elimination Bracket games (results unavailable at press). Play continues on through Tuesday, June 21, or Wednesday, June 22 (if necessary). To be up to speed with all tournament action as it unfolds, log onto the Tri-City Voice Sports website, http://sports.tricityvoice.com, where all scores and schedules are updated daily.

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