2004 Northern California Divisional Little League® Tournament Results
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Northern California Divisional Tournament
Host - Sunrise (Citrus Heights) (District 5)
At C-Bar-C Park

Participating Teams
Section 1 Champions Petaluma American (District 35)
Section 2 Champions Redwood Empire (Eureka) (District 26)
Section 3 Champions Niles Centerville (District 14)
Section 4 Champions Woodcreek (Roseville) (District 54)
Section 5 Champions Lincoln Glen (San Jose) (District 12)
Section 6 Champions Visalia National (District 34)

Click here to view 2004 district tournament results for Northern California.

Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
Visalia National 15, Petaluma American 9
Lincoln Glen 6, Redwood Empire 2

Winner's Bracket Semifinals:
Visalia National 12, Niles Centerville 1
Woodcreek 6, Lincoln Glen 0

Elimination Bracket Quarterfinals (six teams remain):
Petaluma American 11, Redwood Empire 4 (elim.)
Niles Centerville 8, Lincoln Glen 6 (elim.)

Elimination Bracket Semifinals (four teams remain):
Niles Centerville 6, Petaluma American 5 (elim.)

Winner's Bracket Finals:
Visalia National 3, Woodcreek 2

Elimination Bracket Finals (three teams remain):
Niles Centerville 4, Woodcreek 2 (elim.)

Championship Game:
Visalia National 5, Niles Centerville 2 (TITLE)


The six teams competing at the 2004 Northern California Divisional tournament brought with them a collective history that included 40 previous district championships in the major baseball division.

Despite this local success, you have to go back 30-plus years to find the group's only previous appearance at the divisional tournament -- Lincoln Glen Little League from San Jose reached the 1971 Northern California semifinals before falling 1-0 to Cupertino American Little League.

Visalia National Little League, however, was knocking on the door. Visalia claimed District 34 titles in 2002 and 2003, and came within a game of reaching the divisional in 2003. The San Joaquin Valley club was also the only league among the six that had reached the 2002 divisional tournament in the 9-10 year old division.

Visalia brought back the exact same roster that reached the divisional in that 9-10 year old tournament. They reached new heights in 2004.

Visalia National posted four consecutive victories, including a 5-2 win over Niles Centerville Little League in the championship game, to win the 2004 Northern California championship at Sunrise Little League's C-Bar-C Park in Citrus Heights. The win was Visalia's second victory over Niles Centerville in the tournament, and twelfth consecutive win since the start of the international tournament.

"I think it's rare that all twelve kids have remained the same," said Visalia National manager Russ Hall as his team prepared for the West Region tournament in San Bernardino. "No one's moved into our league and no one's moved out. I don't know too many teams that can say that.

"You only get a couple of weeks to start this whole thing, and with the kids already knowing each other, it makes it so much easier," he added. "They've learned to accept their roles and play together as a team, and it's not the same person every night getting the job done."

Four different Visalia players drove in runs in the championship game, and a fifth, pitcher Blake Proctor, threw a complete game four-hitter. Niles Centerville opened the scoring with back-to-back home runs by Jack Veronin and Athen Sinadinos in the top of the first inning, but Steven Ramos' two-run blast in the bottom of the inning tied the score.

Proctor kept the Niles Centerville offense in check the rest of the way, and Visalia moved in front for good in the second when Brent Hall's RBI single scored Derek Van Grouw. Jered Lovering and Davis Dugan both drove in runs in the fourth inning as Visalia National pulled away.

Visalia opened the tournament by outslugging Petaluma American Little League 15-9. Visalia collected eighteen hits overall in the game, including five home runs. Proctor delivered three-run homers in the fourth and fifth innings to help Visalia build a 10-0 lead, but Petaluma scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth to stave off the mercy rule. Zach Johannes and Kevin Seeger hit solo home runs for Visalia, while Ramos added a grand slam in the top of the sixth. Petaluma's Danny Cuevas capped the day's scoring with a three-run shot in the bottom of the sixth.

Ramos handled the pitching duties in Visalia's next game, striking out nine and throwing a two-hitter in a 12-1 victory over Niles Centerville. Tanner Mendonea hit a pair of home runs and drove in three runs for Visalia, while Seeger homered for the second consecutive day and Chad Bean had three RBIs.

The win moved Visalia into a matchup with Roseville's Woodcreek Little League, and Visalia held off a late surge to edge the District 54 champions 3-2. Visalia took a 3-0 lead on a first-inning home run, and Johannes' no-hit pitching held that advantage through five innings. Woodcreek finally broke through in the sixth, loading the bases with two outs after a lengthy delay caused by a problem with the field's lights. Tyler Petefish then drove a pitch high off the center field fence. Two runs scored, but the runner from first base was thrown out trying to score the tying run, and Visalia moved into the Northern California championship game.

Niles Centerville would soon join them, winning three straight games while working their way through the elimination bracket. Spencer Romero keyed an 8-6 win over Lincoln Glen with a three-run homer, and then threw a complete game in 100+ degree heat as Niles Centerville edged Petaluma American 6-5. Petaluma narrowed a 6-3 gap to a single run in the bottom of the sixth before Niles Centerville right fielder Zach Paulson ended the game by throwing out a runner attempting to go from first to third on a base hit.

Paulson provided the heroics again the next day, delivering a two-run single in the top of the seventh inning as Niles Centerville edged hard-luck Woodcreek 4-2 in seven innings in the elimination bracket final. Woodcreek was one out away from posting a 2-1 victory when an error on a routine grounder allowed the District 14 champions to tie the score and force extra innings.

Niles Centerville started strongly the next day, but managed little offense after their early home runs in the 5-2 loss to Visalia National.

"This is the best ride we ever had at Niles," said Niles Centerville manager Perry Romero after the title game. "These twelve kids have worked their tail off this year."

Visalia National, which won the city's first Northern California championship since Visalia American Little League's title in 1960, reached the semifinal round of the West Region tournament in San Bernardino before falling to eventual U.S. champion Conejo Valley East Little League (Thousand Oaks, Southern California) by a 3-1 score.

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  Winner's Bracket Finals 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Woodcreek 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 - -
Visalia National 3 0 0 0 0 x 3 - -
  Championship Game
Niles Centerville 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 -
Visalia National 2 1 0 2 0 x 5 - -

2004 Northern California District Champions and Sectional Tournament Results:

District Champions
in Section 1
District Champions
in Section 2
D3 - Mill Valley American
D4 - Albany
D35 - Petaluma American
D53 - Vallejo
D64 - Vacaville National

Section 1 Tournament
Host - Twin Cities (Corte Madera/Larkspur) (District 3)
At Joe Wagner Field

Tournament Results:
1 - Albany 4, Vallejo 2
2 - Petaluma American 6, Vacaville National 5
3 - Albany 11, Mill Valley American 1 (4 innings)
4 - Vallejo 6, Vacaville National 5 (7 innings; elim.)
5 - Petaluma American 10, Albany 3
6 - Mill Valley American 10, Vallejo 8 (elim.)
7 - Mill Valley American 9, Albany 2 (elim.)
8 - Petaluma American 4, Mill Valley American 3 (TITLE)

D1 - Red Bluff
D2 - Sutter Buttes (Yuba City)
D26 - Redwood Empire (Eureka)
D47 - Paradise South
D48 - Susanville

Section 2 Tournament
Host - El Rancho Chico (Chico) (District 47)

Tournament Results:
1 - Red Bluff 16, Sutter Buttes 4
2 - Redwood Empire 10, Susanville 1
3 - Red Bluff 6, Paradise South 4
4 - Paradise South 9, Sutter Buttes 1 (elim.)
5 - Redwood Empire 12, Red Bluff 0 (5 innings)
6 - Paradise South 8, Susanville 6 (elim.)
7 - Paradise South 5, Red Bluff 2 (elim.)
8 - Paradise South 6, Redwood Empire 1
9 - Redwood Empire 2, Paradise South 1 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 3
District Champions
in Section 4
D14 - Niles Centerville
D45 - Mount Eden National (Hayward)
D52 - Hillsborough
D57 - Pleasanton National

Section 3 Tournament
Host - San Lorenzo American/National (District 45)

Tournament Results:
1 - Niles Centerville 12, Mount Eden National 5
2 - Hillsborough 13, Pleasanton National 2
3 - Pleasanton National 10, Mount Eden National 3 (elim.)
4 - Niles Centerville 5, Hillsborough 1
5 - Hillsborough 12, Pleasanton National 0 (elim.)
6 - Niles Centerville 13, Hillsborough 3 (full six innings; TITLE)

D5 - Carmichael
D6 - West Sacramento
D7 - Airport (Sacramento)
D11 - Bear River (Grass Valley)
D54 - Woodcreek (Roseville)

Section 4 Tournament
Host - West Sacramento (District 6)
At Memorial Park

Tournament Results:
1 - Carmichael 6, Bear River 5
2 - Woodcreek 4, Airport 0
3 - West Sacramento 5, Carmichael 4
4 - Airport 7, Bear River 4 (elim.)
5 - Woodcreek 8, West Sacramento 3
6 - Airport 11, Carmichael 8 (elim.)
7 - West Sacramento 7, Airport 6 (elim.)
8 - Woodcreek 8, West Sacramento 2 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 5
District Champions
in Section 6
D9 - Hollister American
D12 - Lincoln Glen (San Jose)
D39 - Scotts Valley
D44 - Serra (Sunnyvale)
D59 - Oak Grove (San Jose)

Section 5 Tournament
Host - Santa Clara Westside (District 44)
At Steve Carli Field

Tournament Results:
1 - Scotts Valley 1, Oak Grove 0
2 - Lincoln Glen 1, Serra 0
3 - Hollister American 6, Scotts Valley 5 (7 innings)
4 - Serra 9, Oak Grove 0 (elim.)
5 - Lincoln Glen 5, Hollister American 4
6 - Scotts Valley 4, Serra 1 (9 innings; elim.)
7 - Hollister American 9, Scotts Valley 7 (elim.)
8 - Lincoln Glen 6, Hollister American 2 (TITLE)

D8 - Hoover Tyler (Stockton)
D10 - Madera American
D15 - Linden
D34 - Visalia National
D61 - Taft
D67 - Tracy National

Section 6 Tournament
Host - Hanford American (District 61)
At Hanford Youth Athletic Complex

Tournament Results:
1 - Visalia National 6, Madera American 5
2 - Tracy National 3, Taft 2
3 - Visalia National 5, Hoover Tyler 4
4 - Linden 3, Tracy National 2
5 - Madera American 9, Tracy National 2 (elim.)
6 - Taft 4, Hoover Tyler 3 (10 innings; elim.)
7 - Visalia National 9, Linden 2
8 - Taft 9, Madera American 3 (elim.)
9 - Linden 12, Taft 2 (4 innings; elim.)
10 - Visalia National 6, Linden 4 (TITLE)

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