July 12, 2011 > Locals knocked out of D45 Junior tourney
Locals knocked out of D45 Junior tourney
By Giovanni Albanese Jr.
Mt. Eden and Union City National little leagues were all that stood in the District 45 (Union City, Hayward, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Castro Valley) Junior (13-14) All Star tournament when the week began. By week's end, no locals were standing.
On June 25, Mt. Eden and Union City National met in the opening round of the double-elimination tournament with Mt. Eden taking the win, 21-10. UCN headed to the losers bracket, advancing through two rounds by blasting Union City American 23-0 and by forfeit to take on Castro Valley American. In their July 6 encounter, CVA -- who lost to San Leandro 8-6 a day earlier -- knocked UCN out of the tourney with an 8-6 win of their own.
Mt. Eden, after beating Ashland 18-10 in the first game of the winners bracket on June 27, and losing 6-5 to eventual Championship Game participant San Lorenzo American on July 5, went to the losers bracket needing to be flawless to make it to the championship. Facing Ashland again, in a do-or-die match, Mt. Eden topped their opponent once again, this time by a 10-0 mark. However, with a chance to the final elimination game, Mt. Eden was eliminated by Castro Valley American 9-2 on July 7.
San Lorenzo American went on to beat San Leandro, 11-1, in the final winners bracket match to advance to the championship game. Castro Valley American continued its hot play, beating San Leandro on July 9, 14-1, to advance to the championship, needing to beat San Lorenzo American twice to claim the Junior All Star title. Castro Valley and San Lorenzo met on July 11; results were unavailable at press. To find out who prevailed in the D45 Junior All Star Tournament, advancing to the Section 3 Tournament, log onto the Tri-City Voice Sports website: http://sports.tricityvoice.com.