1999 Northern California Little League® Tournament Results

Northern California Divisional Tournament

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Northern California Divisional Tournament
Host - Mission San Jose LL; Fremont (District 14)
At Gomes Elementary School

Participating Teams:
Section 1 Champions
Section 2 Champions
Section 3 Champions
Section 4 Champions
Section 5 Champions
Section 6 Champions
Petaluma Valley (District 35)
Arcata (District 26)
Castro Valley (District 45)
Sacramento Airport (District 7)
Sunnyvale Metro (District 44)
Stockton Morada (District 8)

Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
Stockton Morada 2, Petaluma Valley 0 (10 innings)
Sacramento Airport 4, Sunnyvale Metro 1

Winner's Bracket Semifinals:
Castro Valley 2, Arcata 1
Sacramento Airport 4, Stockton Morada 2

Loser's Bracket Quarterfinals (six teams remain):
Petaluma Valley 5, Sunnyvale Metro 0 (elim.)
Stockton Morada 6, Arcata 4 (elim.)

Loser's Bracket Semifinals (four teams remain):
Petaluma Valley 3, Stockton Morada 0 (8 innings; elim.)

Winner's Bracket Finals:
Sacramento Airport 7, Castro Valley 5

Loser's Bracket Finals (three teams remain):
Petaluma Valley 8, Castro Valley 5 (elim.)

Championship Game:
Sacramento Airport 5, Petaluma Valley 4 (TITLE)


Sacramento Airport captured its first district title in 28 years by rallying from a seven run deficit to defeat Sacramento's Parkway Little League 8-7 in extra innings in the 'if' game of the California District 7 Tournament, and Airport then used that victory as a springboard to a Northern California championship. Though 1999 marked only the third ever district title for Airport, it was their second Northern California title, as the 1966 Airport LL club defeated Petaluma American 11-0 in the NoCal championship game.

Fittingly, the 1999 edition also captured the title with a win over a Petaluma squad, as Airport survived a pair of Patrick Pezet home runs to edge Petaluma Valley 5-4 in the championship game. Winning pitcher Gerald Acevedo, Jr. picked up his second complete game win of the divisional tournament with a five-hit, eight strikeout performance. Meanwhile, Airport continued to get healthy production from the top of its batting order, as one and two-place hitters Justin Walker and Elias Garcia scored all five Airport runs. It marked the third time in four divisional tournament games that all of Airport's scoring and RBIs were generated by the first four hitters in the batting order.

The top of the batting order began generating runs in the bottom of the first inning. Walker drew a walk, and Garcia -- who was outstanding in scoring eight runs and driving in five in the tournament -- followed with a single to right center. Acevedo drilled a single to center that scored Walker, and Garcia later scored on a wild pitch to put Airport on top 2-0. Airport scored at least two runs in the first inning of each of its four divisional tournament wins.

Petaluma's offense in the title game took the form of Pezet. His three-run homer in the third drove in Aiki Terashima and Paul Emis, and gave the District 35 champions a brief 3-2 lead. After Pezet's home run, however, Acevedo settled down and retired eight batters in a row. By the time he surrendered another hit -- Pezet's leadoff homer in the sixth -- Airport had recovered to take a 5-3 lead. Airport's rally was fueled by Petaluma miscues, as Acevedo's first-inning single was the only RBI of the game for the Sacramento team. After Garcia scored in the first on a wild pitch, he later scored in the third on a passed ball, and again in the sixth on an overthrow following a wild pitch. Walker also scored in the third when the Petaluma defense could not handle Garcia's bunt, and threw down the right field line.

Petaluma had made it to the title game by winning three consecutive games following a ten inning loss to Stockton Morada in the tournament's opening game. Petaluma's Emis threw nine shutout innings against Morada, but all he was able to do was match the effort of the tournament's most dominant pitcher, Stockton's David Cooper.

Cooper was brilliant against Petaluma and throughout the tournament. Armed with a fastball that reached 76 miles per hour on the radar gun (and that was clocked as high as 68 MPH in the ninth inning), the left hander struck out twenty Petaluma batters and allowed only an infield single over nine innings before Little League rules forced both clubs to change pitchers in the tenth. Stockton's Larry Westenhaver roped a bases-loaded double in the top of the tenth to provide the only scoring in Morada's 2-0 win.

Airport's pitching was not as dominant, but Acevedo tossed an efficient six hitter in Sacramento's 4-1 opening round win over Sunnyvale Metro. As usual, the top of the Airport batting order scored in the first and provided the offensive spark throughout the game. Garcia doubled to left with one out in the first, and Acevedo and Marcus Taylor followed with RBI hits that gave Airport an early 2-0 lead. In the fifth, consecutive hits by Walker, Garcia, Acevedo, and Taylor added a pair of runs to the lead. In the meantime, Acevedo was backed by stellar defense. Garcia's sliding catch in the third robbed Bryan Fracchia of an extra base hit, and right fielder David Rodriguez threw out the would-be tying run at the plate following Aiki Takeuchi's fourth inning single. In the sixth, third baseman Taylor cut off a ball headed for left field, then threw out a runner at the plate to snuff a last-ditch Metro rally.

Castro Valley edged Arcata to advance to the winner's bracket finals -- Jason Castro's fourth inning single scored the deciding run -- as Noel Van Eck Noe bested Arcata's Todd Morris in a pitcher's duel. Castro Valley overcame the efforts of Arcata's Jackson Kircher, who finished 3-for-3 on the day with two doubles and a sixth inning home run.

Airport also picked up a win on the tournament's second day, as a three-run first inning was enough to edge Morada 4-2. Garcia homered to right-center, and following an Acevedo double, Taylor drilled a homer of his own to provide Airport with the early advantage. Taylor later drove home Garcia with a third inning sacrifice fly. Pitcher Xavier Esquivel struck out only four, but scattered four hits and took a shutout into the sixth inning for the Sacramento team.

Airport got offensive help from throughout its batting order and timely defensive stops in a 7-4 win over Castro Valley that sent the District 7 champions to the title game. Garcia opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the first, and Justin Dragony's RBI single in the second plated Richard Hernandez. Justin Riche belted a two-run homer in the third that gave Castro Valley a brief 4-3 lead, but Rodriguez answered the round-tripper with a two-run blow of his own in the fourth.

The game turned on a pair of defensive plays in the fifth. Castro Valley threatened with runners at second and third with no outs and Airport still leading 5-4. Daniel Poniatowski drew ball four from from Taylor, who relieved Garcia in the fourth. The pitch went to the backstop and then ricocheted back to catcher Brice Granderson. Granderson fielded the errant pitch off the backstop and tagged out a runner trying to score. With runners at first and third, the next batter hit a comebacker to Taylor, who trapped the runner at third in a rundown. The runner was eventually tagged out, and then the batter was also thrown out trying to advance to second on the rundown. The timely 1-5-2-5-4 double play preserved Airport's 5-4 lead; Garcia's two-run double in the sixth broke the game open, and Acevedo pitched an uneventful sixth to pick up the save in Airport's 7-4 win.

Petaluma Valley managed to advance to the title game despite opening the tournament with fifteen consecutive scoreless innings. The first ten came in the heartbreaking opener against Morada, and Petaluma found themselves in another 0-0 tie after five innings against Sunnyvale Metro. Terashima drilled a three-run homer and Travis Glock added a solo blast as Petaluma ended their drought with a five run sixth to defeat Metro 5-0. Pezet fired a two-hitter and struck out 13 to keep the Petaluma hopes alive.

Petaluma then locked horns in a rematch with Morada and David Cooper. Petaluma was again unable to score against Cooper, who allowed only one hit and struck out twelve in seven innings of work. Instead, PV relied again on top-flite pitching, as Glock countered Cooper's effort with eight shutout innings. Cooper left the mound after seven innings, and Petaluma rallied for three in the eighth as Terashima singled home the game's first run and Pezet doubled home a pair to help Petaluma stay alive.

Petaluma then eliminated Castro Valley 8-5 to advance to the title game. PV drilled four home runs in the game, including three that snapped tie scores. Pezet's two-run blow in the first opened the scoring, and back-to-back shots from Kevin Pearson and Terashima broke a 2-2 tie in the third. Finally, in the sixth, after Castro Valley barely missed turning an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play, John Quinlan launched a three-run homer that broke a 5-5 tie and gave PV the margin of victory. Castro Valley managed only five runs despite pounding out ten hits and receiving four walks. The East Bay club left nine runners stranded on base over the course of the game, including at least one baserunner in every inning.

Airport's divisional tournament triumph at the Mission San Jose LL field sent them to the West Region Tournament in San Bernardino, CA. The Sacramento club became the first team to record two wins against the Southern California champions in the eight years that double-elimination formats have been used at the West Region tournament. Airport defeated Anaheim Hills West 6-4 and later 4-3 to prevent SoCal from collecting an eighth consecutive title. The second win over Anaheim Hills advanced Airport to the championship game, where South Central Boise (ID) completed an improbable run to the World Series with a 3-1 victory.

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1999 Northern California Sectional Tournament Results:

District Champions
in Section 1
District Champions
in Section 2
D3 - San Rafael
D4 - Antioch West
D35 - Petaluma Valley
D53 - Suisun American
D64 - Vacaville American

Section 1 Tournament
Host - Corte Madera/Larkspur (District 3)

Tournament Results:
1 - Suisun American 11, San Rafael 1
2 - Antioch West 2, Vacaville American 0
3 - Petaluma Valley 3, Suisun American 1 (8 innings)
4 - Vacaville American 11, San Rafael 5 (elim.)
5 - Suisun American 5, Vacaville American 1 (elim.)
6 - Petaluma Valley 4, Antioch West 0
7 - Suisun American 13, Antioch West 3 (elim.)
8 - Suisun American 5, Petaluma Valley 3
9 - Petaluma Valley 1, Suisun American 0 (TITLE)

D1 - Foothill (Palo Cedro)
D2 - Colusa
D26 - Arcata
D47 - Chico Eastside
D48 - Feather River (Portola)

Section 2 Tournament
Host - Yuba City (District 2)

Tournament Results:
1 - Chico Eastside 16, Foothill 0
2 - Arcata 11, Feather River 0
3 - Arcata 10, Colusa 5
4 - Feather River d. Foothill (elim.)
5 - Feather River d. Colusa (elim.)
6 - Arcata 4, Chico Eastside 1
7 - Chico Eastside 9, Feather River 5 (elim.)
8 - Arcata 4, Chico Eastside 3 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 3
District Champions
in Section 4
D14 - Newark National
D45 - Castro Valley
D52 - Alpine/West Menlo (Portola Valley)
D57 - Tassajara Valley (Danville)

Section 3 Tournament
Host - San Ramon (District 57)

Tournament Results:
1 - Castro Valley 5, Tassajara Valley 4
2 - Alpine 2, Newark National 0
3 - Tassajara Valley 10, Newark National 1 (elim.)
4 - Castro Valley 2, Alpine 0
5 - Tassajara Valley 2, Alpine 1 (elim.)
6 - Castro Valley 4, Tassajara Valley 2 (TITLE)

D5 - Citrus Heights
D6 - West Sacramento
D7 - Sacramento Airport
D11 - Grass Valley
D54 - El Dorado Hills

Section 4 Tournament
Host - Sacramento Parkway (District 7)

Tournament Results:
1 - West Sacramento 4, El Dorado Hills 0
2 - Citrus Heights 4, Grass Valley 0
3 - Sacramento Airport 10, West Sacramento 1
4 - El Dorado Hills 10, Grass Valley 2 (elim.)
5 - El Dorado Hills d. West Sacramento (elim.)
6 - Sacramento Airport 11, Citrus Heights 9
7 - El Dorado Hills 10, Citrus Heights 0 (elim.)
8 - El Dorado Hills 3, Sacramento Airport 2
9 - Sacramento Airport 9, El Dorado Hills 2 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 5
District Champions
in Section 6
D9 - Hartnell (Salinas)
D12 - Almaden (San Jose)
D39 - Capitola-Soquel
D44 - Sunnyvale Metro
D59 - Oak Ridge (San Jose)

Section 5 Tournament
Host - Lincoln Glen (San Jose) (District 12)
At River Glen Park

Tournament Results:
1 - Sunnyvale Metro 15, Oak Ridge 2
2 - Hartnell 5, Capitola-Soquel 1
3 - Sunnyvale Metro 2, Almaden 0
4 - Oak Ridge 8, Capitola-Soquel 3 (elim.)
5 - Oak Ridge 4, Almaden 0 (elim.)
6 - Sunnyvale Metro 10, Hartnell 8
7 - Hartnell 8, Oak Ridge 1 (elim.)
8 - Sunnyvale Metro 5, Hartnell 1 (TITLE)

D8 - Stockton Morada
D10 - Selma
D15 - Riverbank
D34 - Visalia American

Section 6 Tournament
Host - Manteca Northgate (District 8)
At Northgate Field

Tournament Results:
1 - Selma 8, Riverbank 0
2 - Stockton Morada 4, Visalia American 2
3 - Visalia American 4, Riverbank 1 (elim.)
4 - Stockton Morada 4, Selma 0
5 - Selma 12, Visalia American 6 (elim.)
6 - Selma 8, Stockton Morada 1
7 - Stockton Morada 6, Selma 0 (TITLE)

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