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July 5, 2011 > D45 wins Section 3 Big League tourney

D45 wins Section 3 Big League tourney

By Biff Jones

Little League District 45 All Stars, composed of players from Castro Valley, Hayward, San Leandro, San Lorenzo and Union City, competed in the Sectional 3 Big League Division (16-19 year olds) double-elimination tournament June 25-28 at Sequoia High School in Redwood City and ran away with the title. Other districts competing were D14 (Fremont, Newark), D52 (Redwood City, Peninsula) and D57 (Danville, Dublin, Livermore, San Ramon, Pleasanton).

Opening game on Saturday, June 25, saw D57 defeat D14, 6-4. This was followed by D45 clobbering host D52, 11-0, in a game called in the bottom of the fifth because of the 10-run mercy rule. A walk off grand slam home run by D45's Dillion Perreira triggered the mercy rule.

In an elimination loser's bracket action game on Sunday, D52 eliminated D14, 9-5, and the following winner's bracket game that day saw D45 defeat D57. Loser's bracket elimination game continued Monday with D57 annihilating D52, 20-2.

Tuesday it was undefeated D45 taking on once-beaten D57. D45 needed to defeat D57 once to move on while D57 had to beat D45 twice to advance. Section 3 ended with a hard fought 5-4 win by D45. D45 is comprised of a number of James Logan High School baseball players. Logan won the 2011 North Coast Section (NCS) Division I high school baseball championship this past spring.

D45 now moves on to the California Division 2 (Nor Cal Championship) Tournament in Benicia, July 6-12, against five other Nor Cal section champions in another double-elimination format. Should D45 prevail, they move onto the Western Regional Tournament in Bremerton, Wash., July 16-22. That winner plays in the Big League World Series in Easley, S.C., from July 27-Aug. 3.

Little League All Star double-elimination play continues in District 59 (Gilroy, Milpitas, San Jose) in five divisions. Seniors (15-16 year olds), Juniors (13-14), Majors (11-12), Minors (10-11 and 9-10).

In Senior play last week Milpitas Little League took on Spartan LL of San Jose at Mt. Pleasant High School (MPHS) in San Jose in a winners bracket game on Friday, July 1 with Milpitas winning 11-10. Milpitas next plays Friday, July 8, at Milpitas Sports Complex (MSC) against Berryessa LL of San Jose. Loser of that game plays in an elimination game on Saturday, July 9, at MPHS while winner plays in the championship game Sunday, July 10, against Saturday winner, also at MPHS. A winner-take-all game, if necessary, is Monday, July 11, at MPHS. All game times are 5:30 p.m. except Saturday, 10 a.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. For all results and schedules go to the TCV Sports website, http://sports.tricityvoice.com.

D59 Juniors saw Milpitas defeat Berryessa on Tuesday, June 28, and will play Alum Rock LL of San Jose July 5 at MPHS. Loser goes to elimination game against Gilroy LL July 6 at MSC while the winner plays Evergreen Valley LL on Friday, July 8, at MPHS. Wednesday winner plays Berryessa Thursday, July 7 at Quimby Oaks Middle School in San Jose in another elimination game. Saturday, July 9, has an elimination game and Tuesday, July 12, is the championship game. Both those games are at MSC. All game times are 5:30 p.m. except Saturday, 11:30 a.m., and Tuesday, July 12, 6:30 p.m.

Majors action had Milpitas losing to North Valley LL of San Jose last Tuesday, Jun 28. Milpitas next plays East Ridge LL of San Jose in an elimination game Tuesday, July 5, at Ben Painter Elementary School in San Jose. If Milpitas Majors loses again, season over; if they defeat East Ridge they will play again on Friday, July 8, at Reid-Hillview Airport baseball fields in San Jose and continue playing every day through July 13 at Reid-Hillview, except at Ben Painter on Sunday, as long as the keep winning. All games are 5:30 p.m. except Saturday, 11 a.m. and Sunday, 1 p.m.

Minors 11 (10-11 year olds) Milpitas defeated Berryessa last Monday and Gilroy 1 last Wednesday. They continue winner's bracket action at Anderson Field, home to Oak Ridge LL in San Jose. Check http://sports.tricityvoice.com for the times and dates.

Minors 10 (9-10) Milpitas defeated East Hills LL and Oak Grove LL, both of San Jose, last Tuesday and Thursday respectively, and will play a winner's bracket game this Wednesday, July 6, 5:30 p.m. at MSC against Gilroy 2. If Milpitas loses Wednesday, they play again on Friday, July 8, 5:30 p.m. and if they win, they play Saturday, July 9, 11 a.m. Games will continue daily through Monday, July 11, as long as they keep winning. All games at Flickinger Park in San Jose.

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