2008 Northern California Divisional Little League® Tournament Results
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Northern California Divisional Tournament
Host - Alameda (District 4)
At Will C. Wood School

Participating Teams
Section 1 Champions Petaluma Valley (District 35)
Section 2 Champions Foothill (Palo Cedro) (District 1)
Section 3 Champions Pleasanton American (District 57)
Section 4 Champions Woodcreek (Roseville) (District 54)
Section 5 Champions Briarwood-El Camino (Santa Clara) (District 44)
Section 6 Champions East Turlock American (District 10)

Click here to view 2008 district tournament results for Northern California.

Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
East Turlock American 1, Briarwood-El Camino 0 (8 innings)
Pleasanton American 18, Foothill 0 (4 innings)

Winner's Bracket Semifinals (Thursday, July 24):
East Turlock American 10, Woodcreek 4
Pleasanton American 10, Petaluma Valley 2

Elimination Bracket Quarterfinals (six teams remain):
Petaluma Valley 12, Briarwood-El Camino 4 (elim.)
Woodcreek 11, Foothill 1 (4 innings; elim.)

Winner's Bracket Finals:
Pleasanton American 8, East Turlock American 3

Elimination Bracket Semifinals (four teams remain):
Petaluma Valley 11, Woodcreek 9 (11 innings; elim.)

Elimination Bracket Finals (three teams remain):
Petaluma Valley 13, East Turlock American 6 (elim.)

Championship Series:
Petaluma Valley 4, Pleasanton American 3 (7 innings)
Pleasanton American 4, Petaluma Valley 1 (TITLE)


Brian Hsu threw a complete game two-hitter, and Ryan Anderson's first inning home run put his team in command from the start as Pleasanton American Little League defeated Petaluma Valley Little League, 4-1, in the deciding game of the Northern California divisional tournament at Will C. Wood School in Alameda.

The win was Pleasanton's second in three meetings with Petaluma Valley in the double-elimination tournament, and their fourth in five games at the divisional. Pleasanton American became the first Northern California champion from District 57 in ten years, and advanced to the West Region tournament in San Bernardino, California.

Anderson's home run helped Pleasanton to open a 3-0 lead just three batters into the deciding game's opening frame. T.J. Friedl led off with a ground single to right field, then Austin Piscotty splashed a single into short right field. Anderson followed with a home run that gave Pleasanton American a lead it would not relinquish.

Pleasanton American added an insurance run in the fourth, when Friedl walked and later scored on Piscotty's infield single.

Hsu earned his second victory over Petaluma Valley in the tournament, striking out six and walking just two batters. He retired ten consecutive batters during the game's middle innings, and did not allow a hit until Joe Henry's one-out single in the fifth inning.

Petaluma's only threat in the early innings came in the second, when Mitchell Wilhelmsen walked and Justin Toavs was hit by a pitch to open the inning. Wilhelmsen eventually scored on Henry's groundout, but Hsu began a stretch in which he retired ten consecutive batters to push Pleasanton American closer to its first-ever major baseball state championship.

"We got to this point with our offense, primarily," Petaluma Valley coach Rick Duarte said after the game. "But today we were stopped. They flat-out beat us... We hit some balls hard, but right at people."

Pleasanton's victory reversed the prior night's outcome, when Petaluma Valley rallied late to force extra innings before extending the tournament to a deciding game with a 4-3, seven inning win. Toavs delivered a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth to erase a 3-1 Pleasanton lead, then Henry scored the winning run in the following inning on a throwing error.

"Monday's game was tough," said Pleasanton manager Ron Anderson of the extra inning loss to Petaluma Valley.

Pleasanton had built its lead on an RBI single from Anderson and a sacrifice fly from Hsu in the first -- Petaluma center fielder Tyler Nadolski saved his team three runs when he reached over the fence to snare Hsu's bases-loaded blast -- and maintained the margin when Nadolski and Ryan Alley later hit solo home runs. Jake Dronkers, Pleasanton American's starting pitcher, struck out 14 batters, walked none, and allowed just two hits in 5-2/3 innings of work. One of the hits was a leadoff triple in the fifth that appeared to set the table for a potential Petaluma rally, but Dronkers silenced the threat by striking out the side on ten pitches.

Pleasanton American opened the tournament by overwhelming Foothill Little League from Palo Cedro, 18-0 in four innings, then Dronkers held Petaluma Valley in check in a 10-2 victory the next day. The East Bay team then moved into the championship game with an 8-3 victory over East Turlock American Little League.

East Turlock American opened an early 3-0 lead against Pleasanton American, but the eventual tournament champions rallied back with a pair of four-run bursts. Piscotty sliced the deficit to one run with a two-run triple in the third inning, and Anderson followed with a two-run homer over the 209-foot sign in dead center field. In the fifth, Anderson and Dronkers reached base before Hsu launched a three-run homer over the center field fence, and Alley followed with a solo shot to right center field.

Hsu struck out seven in 4-2/3 innings of work, and held East Turlock American scoreless after the early salvos. Anderson and Friedl then closed out the win as Pleasanton American extended its international tournament record to 11-0. The streak of victories included a pair of wins in the Section 3 tournament against a Hillsborough Little League team that included the core players from the 2006 Northern California champions in the 9-10 year old division.

East Turlock American had also opened the tournament with a pair of wins, including a remarkable 1-0, eight inning win over Briarwood-El Camino Little League in the tournament's opening game. Briarwood left-hander Garrett Ciuk struck out 20 batters -- an eye-popping total given the 85-pitch limit in the major baseball division -- and allowed no hits while battling East Turlock American's Tyler Murphy into extra innings. Murphy struck out nine, and kept Briarwood-El Camino off the scoreboard despite allowing four hits and issuing six walks. Reliever Blake Cederlind added two more scoreless innings before Trevor Chaney's sacrifice in the eighth inning plated Gavin Gaffaney with the game's only run.

The next day, East Turlock American homered four times and broke through its offensive doldrums in a 10-4 victory over Woodcreek Little League. Woodcreek led 2-0 until the fourth, when Bret Potter's grand slam home run capped a six-run rally and gave East Turlock American the lead. Woodcreek's Cy Hines narrowed the Turlock lead with a two-run homer in the fifth, but Jordan Gonzalez answered with a two-run homer of his own, and Murphy and Gaffaney added back-to-back home runs to cap the scoring.

"(Woodcreek) was a very good ballclub," said East Turlock American manager Phil Salazar said. "We faced another lefty, and he kept us in check (until) the fourth inning."

Both East Turlock American and Woodcreek later fell to Petaluma Valley, which followed its opening game defeat with four consecutive victories. After eliminating Briarwood-El Camino, 12-4, Petaluma Valley rallied three times before outlasting Woodcreek, 11-9 in eleven innings. Woodcreek had escaped elimination when Hynes' leadoff home run in the seventh tied the game, and again in the eighth when Adam Corbett slammed a game-tying two-out, two-run homer. But Petaluma's Clay Hardy drilled three home runs, including a three-run shot over the snack shack beyond the center field fence in the eleventh, to help his team eventually prevail.

Hardy added two more home runs the next night, when Petaluma ousted East Turlock American, 13-6. His three-run homer highlighted a four-run rally in the opening inning, and a solo shot in the second helped Petaluma to build a 7-0 lead that provided the final margin of victory.

Petaluma, which played 16 games in 23 days during its international tournament run, then forced a deciding game with its win over Pleasanton American, but the one-two punch of Hsu's pitching and Anderson's hitting proved to be too much in the title game.

"I told (my team) that this was a test of character of a championship team," said Pleasanton manager Ron Anderson of the tournament's deciding game. "We didn't want to wear that defect (the previous night's loss) on ourselves today. We didn't. We came back."

Pleasanton American won two of its four pool games at the West Region tournament, including a 7-5 victory that helped prevent Southern California champion Aliso Viejo National Little League from advancing beyond pool competition. The Northern California representatives stayed close in the early innings of their semifinal round matchup with Waipio Little League (Waipahu, Hawaii), but the eventual Little League World Series champions pulled away for an 8-0 victory.

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  Winner's Bracket Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Pleasanton American 0 0 4 0 4 0 8 10 1
East Turlock American 1 2 0 0 0 0 3 6 0
  Championship Series Game 1
Pleasanton American 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 8 4
Petaluma Valley 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 4 3 2
  Championship Series Game 2
Petaluma Valley 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0
Pleasanton American 3 0 0 1 0 x 4 4 1

2008 Northern California District Champions and Sectional Tournament Results:

District Champions
in Section 1
District Champions
in Section 2
D3 - Twin Cities (Corte Madera/Larkspur)
D4 - Alameda
D35 - Petaluma Valley
D53 - Valley of the Moon (Sonoma)
D64 - Woodland National

Section 1 Tournament
Host - Woodland (District 64)
At Camarena Park

Tournament Results:
1 - Woodland National 2, Twin Cities 0
2 - Alameda 5, Valley of the Moon 2
3 - Petaluma Valley 6, Alameda 5
4 - Valley of the Moon 4, Twin Cities 0 (elim.)
5 - Petaluma Valley 5, Woodland National 4
6 - Alameda 17, Valley of the Moon 3 (elim.)
7 - Alameda 14, Woodland National 1 (elim.)
8 - Alameda 3, Petaluma Valley 0
9 - Petaluma Valley 4, Alameda 3 (TITLE)

D1 - Foothill (Palo Cedro)
D2 - Westshore (Lakeport)
D26 - Redwood Empire (Eureka)
D47 - El Rancho Chico (Chico)
D48 - Susanville

Section 2 Tournament
Host - Sutter Area (District 2)

Tournament Results:
1 - Susanville 3, Redwood Empire 2
2 - Foothill 11, El Rancho Chico 5
3 - Susanville 10, Westshore 0
4 - Redwood Empire 8, El Rancho Chico 1 (elim.)
5 - Foothill 10, Susanville 0
6 - Redwood Empire d. Westshore (elim.)
7 - Susanville 4, Redwood Empire 3 (elim.)
8 - Susanville 3, Foothill 2
9 - Foothill 10, Susanville 5 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 3
District Champions
in Section 4
D14 - Newark American
D45 - San Lorenzo National
D52 - Hillsborough
D57 - Pleasanton American
D67 - Manteca

Section 3 Tournament
Host - Tracy (District 67)
At Jefferson Park

Tournament Results:
1 - Pleasanton American 6, Hillsborough 2
2 - San Lorenzo National 5, Newark American 2
3 - Pleasanton American 8, Manteca 0
4 - Hillsborough 11, Newark American 1 (elim.)
5 - Pleasanton American 12, San Lorenzo National 1
6 - Hilsborough 10, Manteca 0 (4 innings; elim.)
7 - Hillsborough 2, San Lorenzo National 0 (elim.)
8 - Pleasanton American 5, Hillsborough 2 (TITLE)

D5 - Carmichael
D6 - Antelope American
D7 - East Sacramento
D11 - Rocklin
D54 - Woodcreek (Roseville)

Section 4 Tournament
Championship Game Host - Tahoe Tallac (Sacramento) (District 7)

Tournament Results:
1 - Rocklin 4, Carmichael 2
2 - Woodcreek 11, Antelope American 1 (5 innings)
3 - Rocklin 11, East Sacramento 1
4 - Carmichael 10, Antelope American 0 (elim.)
5 - Woodcreek 6, Rocklin 1
6 - East Sacramento 9, Carmichael 7 (elim.)
7 - Rocklin 22, East Sacramento 1 (elim.)
8 - Rocklin 3, Woodcreek 2
9 - Woodcreek 10, Rocklin 0 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 5
District Champions
in Section 6
D9 - Hollister American
D12 - Union (San Jose)
D39 - Scotts Valley
D44 - Briarwood-El Camino (Santa Clara)
D59 - Oak Ridge (San Jose)

Section 5 Tournament
Host - California District 59
At Milpitas National South and Oak Ridge (San Jose)
Championship Game Host - Oak Ridge (San Jose)

Tournament Results:
1 - Briarwood-El Camino 6, Union 0
2 - Hollister American 14, Scotts Valley 1
3 - Hollister American 12, Oak Ridge 0
4 - Union 10, Scotts Valley 4 (elim.)
5 - Briarwood-El Camino 5, Hollister American 3
6 - Union 5, Oak Ridge 0 (elim.)
7 - Hollister American 6, Union 0 (elim.)
8 - Briarwood-El Camino 5, Hollister American 3 (TITLE)

D8 - Morada (Stockton)
D10 - East Turlock American
D15 - Woods Creek (Sonora)
D34 - Tulare American
D61 - Hanford National

Section 6 Tournament
Host - Westside (Taft) (District 61)

Tournament Results:
1 - Tulare American 8, Woods Creek 5
2 - Morada 4, East Turlock American 3
3 - East Turlock American 10, Woods Creek 0 (5 innings; elim.)
4 - Tulare American 6, Hanford National 1
5 - East Turlock American 8, Hanford National 0 (elim.)
6 - Morada 5, Tulare American 2
7 - East Turlock American 13, Tulare American 1 (6 innings; elim.)
8 - East Turlock American 9, Morada 2
9 - East Turlock American 11, Morada 4 (TITLE)

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