2011 Northern California Divisional Little League® Tournament Results
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Northern California Divisional Tournament
Host - Chico Eastside (District 47)

Participating Teams
Section 1 Champions Petaluma Valley (District 35)
Section 2 Champions Red Bluff (District 1)
Section 3 Champions Tassajara Valley (Danville) (District 57)
Section 4 Champions Lakeside (Granite Bay/Loomis) (District 54)
Section 5 Champions Aptos (District 39)
Section 6 Champions Madera National (District 10)

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Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
Tassajara Valley 15, Aptos 2 (4 innings)
Lakeside 3, Madera National 2 (7 innings)

Winner's Bracket Semifinals:
Petaluma Valley 3, Tassajara Valley 1 (8 innings)
Red Bluff 5, Lakeside 4

Elimination Bracket Quarterfinals (six teams remain):
Lakeside 6, Aptos 5 (elim.)
Madera National 7, Tassajara Valley 5 (elim.)

Winner's Bracket Final:
Red Bluff 4, Petaluma Valley 2

Elimination Bracket Semifinal (four teams remain):
Lakeside 7, Madera National 6 (elim.)

Elimination Bracket Final (three teams remain):
Petaluma Valley 3, Lakeside 0 (elim.)

Championship Game:
Red Bluff 7, Petaluma Valley 5 (TITLE)


Summary:

Lane Pritchard drove in the go-ahead run with a double and then closed out the tournament by inducing a game-ending double play as his Red Bluff Little League all-star team defeated Petaluma Valley Little League, 7-5, in the Northern California divisional tournament championship game at Chico Eastside Little League's field.

The victory gave Red Bluff its first Northern California championship in the major baseball division since the league's 1974 all-star team reached the Little League World Series championship game. Red Bluff advanced to the West Region tournament, where the league finished in second place.

Pritchard's double snapped a 4-4 tie and helped Red Bluff to capitalize on a rally that began with a pair of strikeouts. Kolby Button doubled and scored on Pritchard's hit, and pitcher Wesley Clawson followed with a drive that curled just inside the right field foul pole for a two-run home run.

Petaluma's Brian Kolodin sliced Red Bluff's advantage with a solo home run in the fifth, before Pritchard relieved Clawson and escaped further trouble in the inning before closing out the win.

Petaluma Valley had grabbed an early lead on Ben Upton's two-run homer in the first, before Red Bluff catcher Tanner Tweedt evened the score with a two-run shot in the second. Clawson had an RBI double and later scored in the top of the fourth, and Petaluma responded with two runs of its own in the bottom of the inning.

The win was Red Bluff's third in as many games at the divisional, and their tenth consecutive win since the start of international tournament play. Entering the tournament, Red Bluff had not won a game at the divisional level since its World Series team thirty-seven years prior.

Red Bluff came from behind in each of their divisional tournament wins, and earned the three victories by a combined five runs. The District 1 champions opened the tournament by rallying past Lakeside Little League, 5-4, then defeated Petaluma Valley by a 4-2 score before defeating the same team again in the title game.

Red Bluff overcame a late 4-2 deficit in their victory over Lakeside. Pritchard's first inning home run had given the eventual champions an early 2-0 lead, but Lakeside center fielder Alex Dailey answered with a three-run blast in the third, and Lakeside extended the lead with an RBI double by Matt Voelker in the fourth.

But Red Bluff capitalized on a bad-hop single by Pritchard to reverse the deficit. His sharp grounder toward short with one out in the fifth caromed into left field, and scored Austin Youngblood to halve Lakeside's lead. Clawson then grounded toward second, and Button raced home from third ahead of the throw to tie the game. Pritchard then scored the go-ahead run on Nicholas Rodriguez's groundout.

"That turned the game around right there," said Lakeside manager Steve Dailey of Pritchard's single. "We let Red Bluff hang around and couldn't quite break the game open. Teams like (Red Bluff) will make you pay."

Lakeside left seven runners on base against Clawson and Pritchard, who relieved in the third inning. Lakeside did most of its damage on Alex Dailey's home run.

"That was Wesley's (Clawson) only real big mistake," said Donnie Button.

Pritchard allowed four hits in relief of Clawson, including a pair of singles in the fifth. But the right-hander escaped that threat before retiring the side in order in the sixth.

"We've been down three times now, and have come back and been able to win by just finding ways and using our great hitting and pitching," said Red Bluff manager Donnie Button. Red Bluff reached the divisional after a walkoff home run gave the team a 6-4 victory over Sutter Buttes Little League in the Section 2 championship game.

Red Bluff trailed again in the early innings of the winner's bracket final, but a four-run burst in the bottom of the second lifted the District 1 winners past Petaluma Valley, 4-2, and into the championship game.

Evan Tanner walked and Michael Chapman followed with a ground-rule double in the decisive Red Bluff rally. Both runners eventually scored on wild pitches, and after Youngblood walked, Pritchard slammed a two-run home run.

Petaluma, which had drawn first blood on Kyle Spencer's run-scoring double, got a solo home run from Jared Nelson in the fourth inning but left a pair of runners on base while facing a two-run deficit in the sixth.

Kolby Button struck out four batters in the first two innings, then needed just fifteen pitches to breeze through the next two innings en route to an 87-pitch complete game.

"He shut us down," said Petaluma coach Rick Duarte. "When we did hit something hard, we hit it right at somebody."

Red Bluff had opportunities to break the game open, but left the bases loaded in the first and had two runners in scoring position in both the third and fourth innings.

"Our pitchers kept them from rallying and threw strikes when the pressure was on," said Petaluma coach Ric Torkelson. "They had one big inning that hurt us."

"There's a lot of nerves going on right now," said Red Bluff manager Donnie Button. "But we're starting to settle down."

Petaluma Valley, which had opened the tournament with a 3-1 extra inning victory over Danville's Tassajara Valley Little League, bounced back from the loss to Red Bluff with a 3-0 decision over Lakeside. Six-foot, two-inch pitcher Elijah Chirco needed just 74 pitches to register a ten strikeout, one-hit complete game, and Eddie Bermudez delivered a two-run double that gave Petaluma all of the offense it would need.

"We were fried mentally (coming into) that," said Lakeside manager Steve Dailey, whose team had played four one-run games, including a pair of extra inning games, in the four days leading into the matchup with Petaluma. "(Chirco) just shut us down. He threw real hard -- good morning, good afternoon, and good night."

Lakeside pitcher Jacob Baranowski was also strong, surrendering just two hits while striking out seven in 4-2/3 innings.

"He pitched well," said Steve Dailey of his pitcher's effort. "But we just couldn't do anything."

The win lifted Petaluma Valley into the Northern California championship game for the fourth time since 1995. The District 35 winners finished third in the 2006 divisional and were the runner-up two years later.

Red Bluff, meanwhile, extended its season for another two weeks with an extended stay at the West Region tournament in San Bernardino, California. The NorCal champions emerged as the second seed following pool competition with a 2-2 record, and topped Silverado Little League (Las Vegas, Nevada) in the semifinal round. Red Bluff carried a 1-0 lead through five innings against eventual Little League World Series champion Ocean View Little League (Huntington Beach, Southern California) in the championship game, but a late rally gave Ocean View a 2-1 victory and the region title.

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Linescores:

  Winner's Bracket Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Petaluma Valley 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 - -
Red Bluff 0 4 0 0 0 x 4 - -
  Championship Game
Petaluma Valley 2 0 0 2 1 0 5 - -
Red Bluff 0 2 2 3 0 x 7 - -


2011 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 - Napa National
D64 - Vacaville Central

Section 1 Tournament
Host - Petaluma American (District 35)

Tournament Results:
1 - Alameda 10, Napa National 7
2 - Vacaville Central 3, Twin Cities 2
3 - Petaluma Valley 11, Alameda 6
4 - Napa National 10, Twin Cities 2 (elim.)
5 - Petaluma Valley 12, Vacaville Central 9
6 - Alameda 8, Napa National 5 (elim.)
7 - Vacaville Central 10, Alameda 8 (elim.)
8 - Petaluma Valley 10, Vacaville Central 1 (TITLE)

D1 - Red Bluff
D2 - Sutter Buttes (Yuba City)
D26 - Eel River (Fortuna)
D47 - Gridley
D48 - Susanville

Section 2 Tournament
Host - Redwood Empire (Eureka) (District 26)

Tournament Results:
1 - Sutter Buttes 6, Susanville 2
2 - Red Bluff 11, Gridley 0 (5 innings)
3 - Sutter Buttes 12, Eel River 3
4 - Gridley 13, Susanville 6 (elim.)
5 - Red Bluff 12, Sutter Buttes 9
6 - Eel River 2, Gridley 1 (elim.)
7 - Sutter Buttes 8, Eel River 6 (elim.)
8 - Red Bluff 6, Sutter Buttes 4 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 3
District Champions
in Section 4
D14 - Niles Centerville (Fremont)
D45 - Mount Eden (Hayward)
D52 - Hillsborough
D57 - Tassajara Valley (Danville)
D67 - Tracy National

Section 3 Tournament
Host - Danville (District 57)
At Osage Park

Tournament Results:
1 - Hillsborough 11, Tracy National 3
2 - Niles Centerville 5, Mount Eden 4
3 - Tassajara Valley 3, Hillsborough 1
4 - Mount Eden 3, Tracy National 0 (elim.)
5 - Tassajara Valley 15, Niles Centerville 1
6 - Hillsborough 7, Mount Eden 2 (elim.)
7 - Hillsborough 11, Niles Centerville 4 (elim.)
8 - Tassajara Valley 16, Hillsborough 3 (5 innings; TITLE)

D5 - Sunrise (Citrus Heights)
D6 - North Natomas (Sacramento)
D7 - Land Park Pacific (Sacramento)
D11 - Lincoln
D54 - Lakeside (Granite Bay/Loomis)

Section 4 Tournament
Host - Lincoln (District 11)

Tournament Results:
1 - Lakeside 13, Sunrise 3
2 - Lincoln 4, North Natomas 1
3 - Lakeside 12, Land Park Pacific 6
4 - North Natomas 11, Sunrise 3 (elim.)
6 - Land Park Pacific 6, North Natomas 5 (elim.)
5 - Lakeside 8, Lincoln 6
7 - Lincoln 9, Land Park Pacific 3 (elim.)
8 - Lakeside 9, Lincoln 2 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 5
District Champions
in Section 6
D9 - Hollister National
D12 - Lincoln Glen (San Jose)
D39 - Aptos
D44 - Los Altos American
D59 - Gilroy National

Section 5 Tournament
Host - Pajaro Valley (Watsonville) (District 39)
At Ruso Field

Tournament Results:
1 - Hollister National 9, Gilroy National 0
2 - Los Altos American 17, Lincoln Glen 11
3 - Aptos 18, Hollister National 1
4 - Gilroy National 13, Lincoln Glen 3 (elim.)
6 - Hollister National 4, Gilroy National 1 (elim.)
5 - Aptos 3, Los Altos American 1
7 - Hollister National 13, Los Altos American 8 (elim.)
8 - Hollister National 9, Aptos 1
9 - Aptos 12, Hollister National 2 (TITLE)

D8 - Morada (Stockton)
D10 - Madera National
D15 - Amador County West (Jackson)
D34 - Visalia National
D61 - Lemoore

Section 6 Tournament
Host - Visalia (District 34)
At Visalia Riverway Sports Complex

Tournament Results:
1 - Amador County West 4, Lemoore 3
2 - Madera National 6, Morada 4
3 - Morada d. Lemoore (elim.)
4 - Visalia National 4, Amador County West 2
5 - Morada 15, Amador County West 5 (elim.)
6 - Madera National 5, Visalia National 4 (7 innings)
7 - Visalia National 8, Morada 7 (elim.)
8 - Madera National 9, Visalia National 4 (TITLE)




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