2013 Northern California Divisional Little League® Tournament Results
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Northern California Divisional Tournament
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Northern California Divisional Tournament
Host - Woodcreek (Roseville) (District 54)
At Mahaney Field

Mahaney Field is located at 1545 Pleasant Grove Boulevard in Roseville.

Participating Teams
Section 1 Champions Twin Cities (Corte Madera/Larkspur) (District 3)
Section 2 Champions Peach Bowl (Yuba City) (District 2)
Section 3 Champions Belmont-Redwood Shores (District 52)
Section 4 Champions West Sacramento (District 6)
Section 5 Champions Santa Cruz American (District 39)
Section 6 Champions Sunrise (Stockton) (District 8)
Section 7 Champions River Park National (Fresno) (District 10)

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Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
Belmont-Redwood Shores 10, River Park National 0 (4 innings)
Peach Bowl 4, Sunrise 2
Santa Cruz American 22, Twin Cities 0 (6 innings)

Winner's Bracket Semifinals:
Belmont-Redwood Shores 7, West Sacramento 5
Santa Cruz American 10, Peach Bowl 5

Elimination Bracket - Round 1 (seven teams remain):
Sunrise 10, Twin Cities 0 (4 innings; elim.)

Elimination Bracket Quarterfinals (six teams remain):
West Sacramento 12, Sunrise 2 (4 innings; elim.)
River Park National 10, Peach Bowl 0 (4 innings; elim.)

Winner's Bracket Final:
Santa Cruz American 2, Belmont-Redwood Shores 0

Elimination Bracket Semifinal (four teams remain):
West Sacramento 8, River Park National 6 (elim.)

Elimination Bracket Final (three teams remain):
Belmont-Redwood Shores 12, West Sacramento 1 (elim.)

Championship Series:
Belmont-Redwood Shores 2, Santa Cruz American 0
Belmont-Redwood Shores 9, Santa Cruz American 0 (TITLE)


They had been on a collision course since tournament play started in June. Belmont-Redwood Shores Little League opened District 52 tournament play with a 19-1 thrashing of San Mateo National Little League, and then kept on winning. Five wins in district tournament play, four more in the Section 3 tournament, and two to open the Northern California divisional tournament at Woodcreek Little League's Mahaney Field in Roseville.

Roughly 55 miles down U.S. Highway 101 and California Highway 17, Santa Cruz American kicked things off by clamping down on San Lorenzo Valley Little League, 10-0, to open pool competition in the District 39 tournament. Six more wins followed in that tournament, then three more in Section 5 play, and, like Belmont, a pair of victories in the early stages of the divisional.

They had arrived with imposing offenses -- Santa Cruz had scored 131 runs in twelve games, and Belmont tallied 118 in ten games -- but the pitching would take center stage when the two teams finally met.

Santa Cruz American drew first blood, sending Belmont to the bottom bracket with a 2-0 victory in the winner's bracket final. But Belmont wasn't done.

After climbing back into a rematch, Belmont pitchers Nicholas Lopez and Sean Lee overwhelmed Santa Cruz, throwing consecutive complete game shutouts in the championship series. The first win, a 2-0 decision in a one-hitter by Lopez, forced the tournament to a deciding game, and the second, a one-hit shutout by Lee in a 9-0 victory, gave Belmont-Redwood Shores the Northern California championship.

Belmont-Redwood Shores became the first District 52 league to win the Northern California championship in the major baseball division since the district was formed prior to the 1966 international tournament, and advanced to the West Region tournament in San Bernardino, California.

Lopez -- typically Belmont's number three pitcher throughout the international tournament -- was spectacular in the first championship game meeting. The left-hander dodged a minor threat in the first inning, and went on to retire 17 of the final 18 batters he faced against the potent Santa Cruz offense. The one baserunner was to Javier Felix, who Belmont elected to walk intentionally twice in the game after he had homered four times in Santa Cruz's first three games at the divisional. Lopez struck out twelve and walked none outside of the intentional walks.

Meanwhile, Belmont scratched for the only run it would need in the first inning. Noah Marcelo opened the inning with a walk, moved to third on a pair of wild pitches, and then scored on an error following the second errant pitch. In the fourth, Lee and Zach Wong both walked, then reserve Luke Bisbee singled home an insurance run.

Bisbee's hit was one of just two allowed by Santa Cruz pitchers Noah Daniels and Glenallen Hill in the contest, but Lopez's effort pushed the tournament to a final game. As dominant as Lopez was in that contest, Lee was perhaps even moreso in the deciding game. The tall right-hander struck out 17 and handcuffed an offense that had homered twelve times in their divisional games prior to the championship series shutouts.

"He was spot-on," said Santa Cruz manager Albert Soriano. "He kept us off-balance."

Belmont's offense got untracked early in the deciding game. Brad Shimabuku singled home Marcelo in the first with the game's initial run, before Belmont added three in the fourth. Wong's two-run double scored Shimabuku and Dominic Susa, and Marcelo drew a bases loaded walk in the rally.

Shimabuku singled and scored on Lee's double in the fourth, and Belmont capped their win with back-to-back homers from Lopez and Shimabuku in the fifth.

The overpowering pitching was a response to Felix's effort in the winner's bracket final, when Santa Cruz earned a 2-0 victory. Felix surrendered just two hits and struck out eleven, and Santa Cruz pushed across a run in the fourth inning to snap a scoreless tie. Anthony Karagiannopoulos reached on a fielders' choice, moved to second on Felix's single, and scored when a grounder by Daniels got past a Belmont infielder.

Felix padded the lead in the fifth with a solo home run.

"We blinked first," said Belmont-Redwood Shores manager Rudy Lopez. "We made a costly error that gave them that run.

"Javy is a great pitcher," added the Belmont manager. "He got the best of us today. Hopefully we'll get another shot at Santa Cruz."

They did, thanks to a complete game effort by Shimabuku and some late offense in a 12-1, five inning victory over West Sacramento Little League in the elimination bracket final. The two teams were tied 1-1 through three innings, then Belmont plated seven runs in the fourth and added four more in the fifth. Marcelo's three-run homer opened the floodgates, turning a 3-1 advantage into a 6-1 lead, and Nicholas Lopez followed with a solo home run.

In the fifth, Lopez added a three-run homer and Shimabuku capped the scoring with a solo shot.

Belmont-Redwood Shores had opened the tournament with a 10-0 victory over Fresno's River Park National Little League -- Lee threw a complete game and hit a grand slam -- and then topped West Sacramento, 7-5, in a winner's bracket semifinal round game. Shimabuku, Susa, and Marcelo all homered as Belmont grabbed a 6-0 advantage in the game's early innings, but West Sacramento narrowed the gap before Susa closed out the win in the sixth.

Santa Cruz, meanwhile, homered seven times -- four of them by Karagiannopoulos -- and overpowered Twin Cities Little League, 22-0, in the opening round. Clayton Ray, Daniels, and Felix also cleared the fences on a day when temperatures peaked at 106 degrees. The next day, Santa Cruz muscled past Peach Bowl Little League, 10-5. Hill led off the first inning with a home run, and Felix (two) and Karagiannopoulos each followed suit later in the game.

The offensive explosion came in what was Santa Cruz's final game against a team other than Belmont-Redwood Shores, and the District 52 winners eventually proved to have the pitching to tame the powerful Santa Cruz offense.

Belmont-Redwood Shores continued its strong pitching at the West Region tournament. The NorCal champions opened with a pair of shutout wins, and allowed just five runs while sweeping to four pool victories. Belmont topped Arizona's Chandler National South Little League, 8-1, in the semifinal round, before falling to eventual U.S. champion Eastlake Little League (Chula Vista, Southern California) in the championship game.

Follow Belmont-Redwood Shores at the West Region Tournament -- Click here to view results.


  Winner's Bracket Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Belmont-Redwood Shores 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 -
Santa Cruz American 0 0 0 1 1 x 2 - -
  Championship Series Game 1
Belmont-Redwood Shores 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 2 -
Santa Cruz American 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 -
  Championship Series Game 2
Belmont-Redwood Shores 1 0 3 1 4 0 9 - -
Santa Cruz American 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 -

2013 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 - Fairfield Pacific
D64 - Vacaville Central

Section 1 Tournament
Host - Dixon (District 64)
At Hall Memorial Park

Tournament Results:
1 - Twin Cities 14, Vacaville Central 13
2 - Alameda 5, Fairfield Pacific 1
3 - Alameda 9, Petaluma Valley 6
4 - Vacaville Central 3, Fairfield Pacific 1 (elim.)
6 - Vacaville Central 11, Petaluma Valley 2 (elim.)
5 - Twin Cities 2, Alameda 1
7 - Vacaville Central 4, Alameda 3 (elim.)
8 - Vacaville Central 10, Twin Cities 8
9 - Twin Cities 8, Vacaville Central 6 (TITLE)

D1 - East Redding
D2 - Peach Bowl (Yuba City)
D26 - Redwood Empire (Eureka)
D47 - Chico Central
D48 - Susanville

Section 2 Tournament
Host - East Redding (District 1)
At Alta Mesa Field

Tournament Results:
1 - Chico Central 7, Susanville 5
2 - Peach Bowl 3, Redwood Empire 2 (7 innings)
3 - East Redding 12, Chico Central 5
4 - Redwood Empire 12, Susanville 3 (elim.)
6 - Redwood Empire d. Chico Central (elim.)
5 - Peach Bowl 4, East Redding 2
7 - East Redding 6, Redwood Empire 5 (elim.)
8 - East Redding 4, Peach Bowl 2
9 - Peach Bowl 5, East Redding 4 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 3
District Champions
in Section 4
D14 - Mission San Jose (Fremont)
D45 - San Lorenzo American
D52 - Belmont-Redwood Shores
D57 - San Ramon

Section 3 Tournament
Host - San Lorenzo (District 45)

Tournament Results:
1 - Belmont-Redwood Shores 11, San Ramon 6
2 - Mission San Jose 8, San Lorenzo American 3
3 - Belmont-Redwood Shores 11, Mission San Jose 1
4 - San Ramon 9, San Lorenzo American 2 (elim.)
5 - San Ramon 14, Mission San Jose 5 (elim.)
6 - Belmont-Redwood Shores 2, San Ramon 0 (TITLE)

D5 - Arden (Sacramento)
D6 - West Sacramento
D7 - Pocket (Sacramento)
D11 - Rocklin
D54 - Woodcreek (Roseville)

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

Tournament Results:
1 - Arden 14, Pocket 5
2 - Woodcreek 7, Rocklin 6
3 - West Sacramento 13, Arden 2 (4 innings)
4 - Rocklin 13, Pocket 0 (elim.)
5 - Woodcreek 9, West Sacramento 5
6 - Rocklin 12, Arden 7 (elim.)
7 - West Sacramento 11, Rocklin 1 (4 innings; elim.)
8 - West Sacramento 18, Woodcreek 3 (4 innings)
9 - West Sacramento 15, Woodcreek 14 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 5
District Champions
in Section 6
D9 - Hollister National
D12 - Almaden South (San Jose)
D39 - Santa Cruz American
D44 - Santa Clara Westside
D59 - Gilroy

Section 5 Tournament
Host - Oak Ridge (San Jose) (District 59)
At Alex Anderson Elementary School

Tournament Results:
1 - Santa Clara Westside 8, Almaden South 1
2 - Santa Cruz American 3, Hollister National 0
3 - Gilroy 8, Santa Clara Westside 3
4 - Hollister National 12, Almaden South 2 (elim.)
5 - Hollister National 7, Santa Clara Westside 1 (elim.)
6 - Santa Cruz American 2, Gilroy 0
7 - Hollister National 2, Gilroy 0 (elim.)
8 - Santa Cruz American 7, Hollister National 4 (TITLE)

D8 - Sunrise (Stockton)
D15 - Linden
D67 - Manteca
D73 - Turlock American

Section 6 Tournament
Host - Stockton Western (District 8)

Tournament Results:
1 - Turlock American 10, Sunrise 3
2 - Manteca 12, Linden 0 (4 innings)
3 - Sunrise 9, Linden 6 (elim.)
4 - Turlock American 4, Manteca 1
5 - Sunrise 10, Manteca 4 (elim.)
6 - Sunrise 8, Turlock American 7
7 - Sunrise 4, Turlock American 3 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 7
D10 - River Park National (Fresno)
D34 - Visalia National
D61 - Wasco

Section 7 Tournament
Host - Visalia National (District 34)
At Riverway Sports Park

Tournament Results:
1 - River Park National 19, Wasco 1 (4 innings)
2 - River Park National 8, Visalia National 1
3 - Visalia National 7, Wasco 2 (elim.)
4 - River Park National 19, Visalia National 2 (4 innings; TITLE)

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