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July 5, 2011 > UCN gets revenge on UCA

UCN gets revenge on UCA

By Nick Zambrano

After a deep run last year that saw them reach the Western Regionals, the Union City American Senior All-Stars were poised to make another repeat run. However this time around, the journey back to the Western Regionals won't be as smooth as last year.

After the weird string of weather earlier last week delayed their first game in the District 45 tournament for two days, UCA finally had a chance to play some ball on June 30. In a rematch of last season's District 45 championship game, they squared off against rival Union City National. After a year of licking their wounds, the boys from UCN finally got their redemption in the form of a 5-0 shut out.

Since the rules say a team must lose two games before they are truly eliminated from tournament play, Union City American has been designated to the loser's bracket. From here on out, UCA will now have their backs against the wall. After losing to UCN, drew Castro Valley American as their next combatant. CVA came into that July 1 contest fresh off a high scoring shoot-out loss with San Lorenzo American, 14-10. Whatever offensive surge they had against SLZ wasn't enough as UCA demolished them, 17-7.

With CVA out of the way, UCA will wait until July 6 before they get another chance to climb out of the hole that they are in. They will face the loser of the July 5 game between Union City National and San Lorenzo American. Both games are set for a 5:30 first pitch but Union City National will have home field advantage because their game is being held on their home diamond. UCA and the loser of that game will play in Castro Valley.

In other D45 senior action, Hayward leagues Mt. Eden Little League and Treeview Little League squared up in their opening round back on June 28. The seniors from Mt. Eden didn't play nice and sent their counterparts from Treeview to the loser's bracket with a 7-0 thumping. With the impressive victory, Mt. Eden will face off against Castro Valley National on July 5. The winner of that game will then get the winner of the UCN/SLZ game on July 8.

Moving to the younger Junior Division, the eight team tournament has already it's fair share of casualties. However, one of the local teams still stands untouched. Since June 25, the Mt. Eden Juniors have made work of Union City National, 21-10 and Ashland, 18-10. The two wins have earned them a mini vacation as they will not have to play until July 5 against San Lorenzo American.

The aforementioned Union City National All-Stars are still standing, albeit on one leg. After getting handled by Mt. Eden, UCN rebounded quickly. They were pitted against rival Union City American, who lost to the All-Stars from Castro Valley American, 15-10 on June 25. UCN kept UCA off the board again and ousted them with a 23-0 smashing. With that win, they will await the loser of the CVA/San Leandro game for a July 6 do-or-die game.

For the complete schedule of D45 All Stars, and to keep track of all the scores, log onto the Tri-City Voice Sports website, http://sports.tricityvoice.com.

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