2001 Northern California Divisional Little League® Tournament Results

Northern California Divisional Tournament



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2001

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Northern California Divisional Tournament
Host - Selma (District 10)
At Woodmen of the World LL Park

Participating Teams
Section 1 Champions
Section 2 Champions
Section 3 Champions
Section 4 Champions
Section 5 Champions
Section 6 Champions

Alameda (District 4)
El Rancho (Chico) (District 47)
Alpine/West Menlo (District 52)
Sacramento Airport (District 7)
Los Gatos (District 12)
Tulare National (District 34)

Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
Los Gatos 4, Tulare National 3 (7 innings)
Alpine/West Menlo 7, Sacramento Airport 0

Winner's Bracket Semifinals:
Los Gatos 4, Alameda 3
Alpine/West Menlo 13, El Rancho 3

Loser's Bracket Quarterfinals:
Tulare National 7, El Rancho 3 (elim.)
Alameda 5, Sacramento Airport 2 (7 innings; elim.)

Winner's Bracket Finals:
Los Gatos 2, Alpine/West Menlo 1

Loser's Bracket Semifinals:
Alameda 5, Tulare National 3 (elim.)

Loser's Bracket Finals:
Alpine/West Menlo 6, Alameda 2 (elim.)

Championship Series:
Alpine/West Menlo 5, Los Gatos 1
Los Gatos 4, Alpine/West Menlo 3 (TITLE)


Summary:

As Los Gatos and Alpine/West Menlo prepared to face each other for the Northern California Little League championship in Selma, each team's mission was clear. Alpine carried one loss into the championship of the double-elimination tournament, and needed a doubleheader sweep to claim the title. Los Gatos, which edged Alpine 2-1 in the teams' earlier meeting, was undefeated and required just one victory to win the tournament.

Alpine scored in the top of the first inning, and led wire-to-wire in a 5-1 victory in the first game of the championship doubleheader. They took the lead in the top of the first in game two, as well, and carried the lead into the bottom of the sixth inning.

Throughout the doubleheader, no Los Gatos hitter stepped to the plate with his team in front. The District 12 champions held the lead at only one point: at the end. It was all they needed.

David Martini's single to left field in the bottom of the sixth inning scored Noah Henry from third base to cap a three run rally and give Los Gatos a 4-3 win in the Northern California championship game. The win was Los Gatos' fourth one-run victory at the divisional tournament, and their third come-from-behind win. The District 12 champions had reached the divisional in a similar manner, winning three games in the Section 5 tournament by a total of four runs.

Alpine/West Menlo was in control for most of the second championship game. Robbie Salomon drilled a pair of solo home runs to stake Alpine to a 3-1 lead entering the bottom of the sixth, but Los Gatos capitalized on a pair of errors to rally for the win.

Bricklin Foley started the winning rally with a leadoff walk, and Colby Moore hit a potential double play grounder to second. The Alpine shortstop mis-handled the force attempt, however, and both runners were safe. Henry then tapped a roller to shortstop, and the Alpine fielder threw the ball away when attempting to force Foley at third. Foley scored to slice the deficit to one run, and Henry and Moore were safe at second and third. After Woody Wilkerson was intentionally walked to load the bases, Kyle Blair drove a hanging breaking ball into left field to score Moore and tie the game. Alpine/West Menlo changed pitchers in the hopes of stifling the rally, but Martini greeted the new pitcher with the single that drove in Henry with the winning run.

The rally gave Wilkerson, who allowed only three runs and two hits (the Salomon homers), his second win at the divisional. Wilkinson also earned a no-decision in the tournament opener, when he pitched 5+ solid innings against Tulare National. Mitchell Benedetti's two-run double in the first staked Los Gatos to an early lead, but Wilkerson surrendered a two-run single in the sixth that tied the game and forced extra innings. Wilkerson then hit a solo home run in the top of the seventh to push Los Gatos to a 4-3 victory.

After the extra inning win in their opener, Los Gatos rallied past defending champion Alameda 4-3. K.J. Arnerich's two-run single highlighted a three run third inning as Alameda jumped in front, but Los Gatos responded with three runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. Foley, Moore, and Wilkinson all walked, and Blair drove in a run with an infield single. Benedetti was hit by a pitch, and Henry reached on an error that tied the score.

Two innings later, Wilkerson led off with a walk, and moved to second on a wild pitch. Blair then fought off a string of fastballs from imposing Alameda reliever Anthony Wood before drilling a changeup through the hole on the left side of the infield to score Wilkerson with the lead run. Blair threw a complete game for Los Gatos, striking out eleven and walking only one. He retired the last nine batters he faced, including five via strikeouts.

While Los Gatos was edging its opponents, Alpine was cruising to a pair of wins. Danny Stienstra countered 103-degree temperatures with an economical 66 pitch complete game, and Kyle Felix celebrated his return to the Alpine lineup with five RBIs and a 4-for-4 day at the plate as Alpine dispatched Sacramento Airport 7-0 in the opening round. Felix, who had been sidelined since the District 12 tournament following a skateboarding accident, had a two-run single in the third, a two-run homer in the fifth, and an RBI single in the sixth.

The next day, Alpine sent 21 batters to the plate in the first two innings in a 13-3 drubbing of El Rancho. Robert Bow and Michael Guertin each drove in two runs in Alpine's six run first inning rally, while Salomon's three-run homer capped another six run outburst in the second.

Wilkerson and Stienstra then hooked up in the winner's bracket finals, with Wilkerson and his Los Gatos teammates prevailing 2-1. Joe Cain singled and scored on a wild pitch in the first to give Alpine an early lead, but Foley's RBI single in the second tied the game, and Will Kapp's single in the fourth drove home Matt Ellis with the go-ahead run. Alpine managed only two hits against Wilkerson, but threatened throughout the game thanks to four hit batsmen and three walks. Alpine stranded runners at third base in the third and fifth innings, and failed to score in the fourth when Wilkerson induced a 1-2-3 double play to end a bases-loaded threat.

Alpine/West Menlo earned a rematch with Los Gatos by eliminating Alameda 6-2. Salomon enjoyed a 3-for-3 day at the plate, and launched a three-run homer in the second inning that staked the winners to a 5-0 lead. Winning pitcher Matt Connor pitched into the sixth inning, allowing two runs on four hits.

Alpine started well in their doubleheader matchup with Los Gatos, and forced a second game with a 5-1 win in the opener. Salomon threw a complete game five-hitter, and Stienstra went 4-for-4 at the plate. Stienstra's RBI single in the first scored Cain and gave Alpine a lead they would hold throughout the game. Salomon's sacrifice fly and Bow's bases-loaded walk in the fifth brought in two more runs, and Alpine added two more in the sixth. Alpine started strongly in the second game, as well, and held the lead until Martini's single brought home the winning run.

Los Gatos' victory gave the league its first Northern California title since 1984. At the West Region tournament in San Bernardino, the NoCal champions split their four pool games, but missed the semifinals on a tiebreaker and finished fifth in the seven team field.

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Linescores:

  Opening Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Los Gatos 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 7 2
Tulare National 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 3 4 2
  Opening Round
Alpine/West Menlo 0 0 2 0 2 3 7 9 0
Sacramento Airport 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
  Winner's Bracket Semifinals
El Rancho 0 2 1 0 3 4 5
Alpine/West Menlo 6 6 1 x 13 11 0
  Winner's Bracket Semifinals
Alameda 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 3 1
Los Gatos 0 0 3 0 1 x 4 4 1
  Loser's Bracket Quarterfinals
El Rancho 1 0 0 0 2 0 3 3 3
Tulare National 1 4 0 1 1 x 7 10 2
  Loser's Bracket Quarterfinals
Alameda 0 0 1 1 0 0 3 5 6 1
Sacramento Airport 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 2 4 2
  Loser's Bracket Semifinals
Tulare National 0 3 0 0 0 0 3 4 2
Alameda 2 0 0 3 0 x 5 9 4
  Winner's Bracket Finals
Los Gatos 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 4 3
Alpine/West Menlo 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1
  Loser's Bracket Finals
Alameda 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 5 2
Alpine/West Menlo 1 4 0 1 0 x 6 8 0
  First Championship Game
Alpine/West Menlo 1 0 0 0 2 2 5 8 1
Los Gatos 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 3
  Second Championship Game
Alpine/West Menlo 1 0 1 0 0 1 3 2 2
Los Gatos 0 0 0 1 0 3 4 4 0


2001 Northern California District Champions and Sectional Tournament Results:

District Champions
in Section 1
District Champions
in Section 2
D3 - Novato North
D4 - Alameda
D35 - Petaluma Valley
D53 - Suisun American
D64 - Woodland National

Section 1 Tournament
Host - Petaluma American (District 35)
(Game 6 at Petaluma Valley)

Tournament Results:
1 - Woodland National 4, Novato North 0
2 - Alameda 9, Suisun American 3
3 - Woodland National 10, Petaluma Valley 8
4 - Novato North 6, Suisun American 5 (elim.)
5 - Alameda 5, Woodland National 1
6 - Petaluma Valley 4, Novato North 2 (elim.)
7 - Woodland National 5, Petaluma Valley 2 (elim.)
8 - Alameda 6, Woodland National 2 (TITLE)

D1 - Anderson
D2 - Olivehurst-Linda
D26 - Fortuna
D47 - El Rancho (Chico)
D48 - Susanville

Section 2 Tournament
Host - McKinleyville (District 26)

Tournament Results:
1 - Anderson 5, Susanville 1
2 - El Rancho 5, Olivehurst-Linda 1
3 - Fortuna 3, Anderson 1
4 - Susanville 6, Olivehurst-Linda 0 (elim.)
5 - El Rancho 4, Fortuna 2
6 - Anderson 8, Susanville 3 (elim.)
7 - Anderson 7, Fortuna 3 (elim.)
8 - El Rancho 2, Anderson 0 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 3
District Champions
in Section 4
D14 - Mission San Jose (Fremont)
D45 - Union City National
D52 - Alpine/West Menlo (Portola Valley)
D57 - Danville

Section 3 Tournament
Host - Niles Centerville (District 14)
At Vallejo Mills Elementary School

Tournament Results:
1 - Alpine/West Menlo 3, Mission San Jose 0
2 - Union City National 3, Danville 2 (7 innings)
3 - Danville 10, Mission San Jose 0 (elim.)
4 - Alpine/West Menlo 6, Union City National 5 (7 innings)
5 - Danville 6, Union City National 3 (elim.)
6 - Alpine/West Menlo 5, Danville 2 (TITLE)

D5 - Citrus Heights
D6 - West Sacramento
D7 - Sacramento Airport
D11 - Rocklin
D54 - Roseville Woodcreek

Section 4 Tournament
Host - Roseville West (District 54)

Tournament Results:
1 - Rocklin 11, Citrus Heights 3
2 - Roseville Woodcreek 3, West Sacramento 0
3 - Sacramento Airport 3, Rocklin 0
4 - Citrus Heights 7, West Sacramento 4 (elim.)
5 - Citrus Heights 14, Rocklin 3 (elim.)
6 - Sacramento Airport 3, Roseville Woodcreek 0
7 - Roseville Woodcreek 7, Citrus Heights 5 (elim.)
8 - Roseville Woodcreek 4, Sacramento Airport 3
9 - Sacramento Airport 5, Roseville Woodcreek 2 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 5
District Champions
in Section 6
D9 - King City
D12 - Los Gatos
D39 - Aptos
D44 - Los Altos
D59 - Oak Ridge (San Jose)

Section 5 Tournament
Host - Santa Clara Homestead (District 44)

Tournament Results:
1 - King City 10, Oak Ridge 0
2 - Los Gatos 5, Aptos 4
3 - King City 6, Los Altos 1
4 - Aptos 6, Oak Ridge 5 (9 innings; elim.)
5 - Aptos 6, Los Altos 0 (elim.)
6 - Los Gatos 3, King City 1
7 - King City 2, Aptos 1 (elim.)
8 - King City 2, Los Gatos 1
9 - Los Gatos 1, King City 0 (TITLE)

D8 - Stockton Morada
D10 - Turlock National
D15 - Linden
D34 - Tulare National

Section 6 Tournament
Host - River Park (Fresno) (District 10)

Tournament Results:
1 - Tulare National 11, Linden 1
2 - Turlock National 3, Stockton Morada 0
3 - Tulare National 3, Turlock National 0
4 - Stockton Morada 1, Linden 0 (elim.)
5 - Stockton Morada 6, Turlock National 1 (elim.)
6 - Tulare National 10, Stockton Morada 0 (TITLE)




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