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July 26, 2011 > Locals bounced from Minor sectionals

Locals bounced from Minor sectionals

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.
Photos By Mike Heightchew

As Little League Baseball's All Star Tournament schedules jumped from district to sectional, local clubs in the Minor levels (9-10 and 10-11 year olds) had a tough time against talented clubs from other parts of Section 3.

In the opening round of the 9-10 Minor All Star Tournament, District 52 from Belmont sent the Hayward area and Union City-based District 45 to the elimination bracket with a 15-3 win. Meanwhile, on the same day, Saturday, July 16, District 67's Manteca club sent Newark American, representing District 14, to the elimination bracket with a 8-6 win.

Stratford School in Fremont hosted the 10-11 Minor All Star Tournament, which also began on Saturday, July 16. As the host city, District 14, represented by Newark American Little League, had a bye into the winners bracket. District 45, represented by San Leandro, took on District 57 and fell 6-1. Also on Saturday, District 52 topped District 67, 8-3.

Both Minor tournaments picked up play again on Sunday, July 17. In the 9-10 year old bracket, District 52 outlasted District 57 in a pitchers' duel, 1-0, in winners bracket action. In the first elimination game of the bracket, District 45 and District 14 met up, with D45 prevailing by an 8-6 score. D45 advanced to play another elimination match, while D14 was sent home with the loss.

Meanwhile in the 10-11 year old bracket, District 52 followed up its win over District 67 with a 15-2 win over District 14 in the winners bracket, sending the host club to the elimination bracket. And like its 9-10 club, District 45 survived an elimination game, this against District 67, with a 4-3 win.

Both District 14 teams were officially eliminated from the Minor level tournaments when they fell to District 45 in the 10-11 elimination game on Monday, July 18. D45 advanced with a 10-2 win.

On Tuesday, July 19, D45's 9-10 club was sent home. A day after topping D14 in the first elimination game, D45 was bested by the host club, D57, by a 13-8 score. Also on July 19, the 10-11 D45 club survived another elimination game, sending D52 home with a 12-9 win to advance to the championship game and a rematch against D57.

Needing to beat their opponent twice, D45 knew they were in a tough spot. Unfortunately, their run ended abruptly on Wednesday, July 20, when D57 claimed the 10-11 Section 3 title with a 17-0 win. En route to the championship, D57 outscored its three opponents 33-1, with D45 the only club to cross the plate against them.

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