2003 Southern California Divisional Little League® Tournament Results
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Southern California Divisional Tournament
Host - Newmark (San Bernardino) (District 43)
At Carl Karper Field

Participating Teams
Section 1 Champions Oak View (District 63)
Section 2 Champions Crescenta Valley (La Crescenta) (District 16)
Section 3 Champions Torrance (District 27)
Section 4 Champions Temecula Valley North (District 28)
Section 5 Champions Saddleback (Lake Forest) (District 55)
Section 6 Champions La Verne National (District 20)
Section 7 Champions Vineyard (Rancho Cucamonga) (District 21)
Section 8 Champions Cajon de Oro (La Mesa) (District 41)

Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
Crescenta Valley 2, Oak View 1
Temecula Valley North 2, Torrance 0 (7 innings)
Saddleback 11, La Verne National 1 (4 innings)
Cajon de Oro 6, Vineyard 1

Elimination Bracket - Round 1 (eight teams remain):
Torrance 15, Oak View 1 (elim.)
Vineyard 4, La Verne National 2 (elim.)

Winner's Bracket Semifinals:
Temecula Valley North 4, Crescenta Valley 3
Cajon de Oro 2, Saddleback 1 (7 innings)

Elimination Bracket Quarterfinals (six teams remain):
Saddleback 4, Torrance 2 (elim.)
Vineyard 3, Crescenta Valley 1 (elim.)

Winner's Bracket Finals:
Temecula Valley North 6, Cajon de Oro 1

Elimination Bracket Semifinals (four teams remain):
Vineyard 10, Saddleback 0 (elim.)

Elimination Bracket Finals (three teams remain):
Vineyard 4, Cajon de Oro 3 (7 innings; elim.)

Championship Series:
Vineyard 6, Temecula Valley North 0
Vineyard 1, Temecula Valley North 0 (TITLE)


Curtis Ceniceros hit the ball less than two feet. When he reached first base safely, his Vineyard Little League all-star team advanced to the next level of tournament play at a site less than five miles away.

Not all journeys can be measured in distance.

Jordan Dresner scored from third base on a throwing error following Ceniceros' spinning bunt in the bottom of the sixth inning to give Vineyard a 1-0 victory over Temecula Valley North in the Southern California championship game at Carl Karper field in San Bernardino.

The win capped a long climb through the loser's bracket for Vineyard, which needed wins in six consecutive elimination games following a 6-1 loss to Cajon de Oro Little League in their divisional tournament opener.

After winning the first Southern California championship tournament held in San Bernardino in 31 years, Vineyard advanced to the West Region tournament at Al Houghton Stadium on the city's northern edge.

"After our first loss, people were telling us we would have to win six straight to reach the regionals," said Vineyard manager Richard Reyes prior to the championship game. "Our approach with the kids (has been) 'we play tomorrow'."

Vineyard's one-game-at-a-time approach narrowed to one-batter-at-a-time during a well-pitched championship game. Dresner and Temecula's Tony Calhoun employed different styles, but both threw three-hitters and neither allowed an earned run. Calhoun, a six-foot tall flamethrower, relied on power, and finished with ten strikeouts in five-plus innings of work. By contrast, Dresner mixed up his pitches' speed and location. He struck out only four, but induced twelve ground ball outs in a complete game effort.

"When he's on, the other team looks like they are taking offensive swings against him," said Richard Reyes of Dresner, who extended his shutout streak to fifteen consecutive innings in the championship game. "He gets a lot of ground balls and he has a good defense behind him."

Dresner saved two of his strikeouts for when he needed them most. After Dresner retired the first Temecula batter in the top of the sixth inning, Carlos Herrera singled, and sped to third on an overthrow following Bradley Salgado's infield single. But Dresner escaped the threat, striking out Temecula's fourth- and fifth-place hitters to keep the game scoreless.

Dresner then sparked the rally that led to the game's only run. The Vineyard pitcher drew a one-out walk and moved to third on a throwing error. He hesitated initially on Ceniceros' bunt before racing home with the deciding run.

"That's baseball," said Temecula manager Bob Craig of the deciding play. "If we just play catch, I think we could have got the runner coming in. We just didn't execute."

Dresner's effort gave Vineyard two consecutive shutout victories over Temecula Valley North. Twenty-four hours earlier, Tommy Reyes scattered three hits, struck out ten, and did not allow a ball out of the infield in a 6-0 Vineyard win.

"Both of their pitchers had control of both their pitches, fastball and curve," said Craig at the conclusion of the tournament. "That says a lot for them. Usually the curve is a waste pitch, but they threw it for strikes."

"He was on," said Richard Reyes of Tommy Reyes' performance. "All of his pitches felt comfortable, and he was in control."

Vineyard was also in control from the start, grabbing a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Elijah Briseno drew a leadoff walk before Michael Rodriguez lined a pitch over the left field fence. They added to the lead when ninth-place hitter Jordan Adams launched a two-out solo home run to center in the second inning, and added two more in the third on a pair of walks, two wild pitches, and Ceniceros' RBI single.

The sweep gave Vineyard its first-ever divisional title, something that seemed unlikely one inning into the tournament. Cajon de Oro scored all six of its runs in the bottom of the first inning of their opening-round win, and Vineyard spent the rest of the tournament making up for the poor start. CDO chased Rodriguez, the Vineyard starter, after six of the first seven batters reached safely, and ninth-place hitter Drew Forehand broke the game open against Dresner with a two-out, bases-loaded triple. Although Vineyard eventually outhit Cajon de Oro 7-6 for the game, CDO pitcher Trevor Franks kept Vineyard's offense at bay, stranding four runners in scoring position.

"One bad inning -- it's tough, but that's baseball," said Richard Reyes. "We had as many hits as they did, but we couldn't string ours together.

"We told our kids they're going to have to do it the hard way now, one game at a time. They've bounced back before."

Vineyard had previously won the District 21 tournament with three consecutive victories after a loss to Rancho Cucamonga's Citrus Little League, and then rebounded from a 5-2 loss to Riverside's Magnolia Center National Little League to defeat the same team in a rematch in the Section 7 finals.

Vineyard struggled initially after their opening game loss, and needed a three-run rally in the top of the sixth inning to oust LaVerne National 4-2. Pinch-hitter Kevin Shaw delivered a bases-loaded single that tied the game, and Artie Solis slapped a one-hopper through the legs of a drawn-in LaVerne second baseman to drive home two more. Reliever Steve Roule pitched a scoreless sixth inning to preserve the win.

"This is probably the best tournament in the country," observed LaVerne manager Greg Gavalinch. "There are no easy games at this level."

Tommy Reyes and Dresner then extended Vineyard's season with strong pitching performances. Tommy Reyes raised his international tournament record to 5-1, striking out ten and scattering five hits in a 3-1 win over Crescenta Valley. The next night, Dresner allowed only three hits and struck out nine as Vineyard eliminated Saddleback 10-0. Vineyard scored five times in the top of the first inning, with Solis and Roule both contributing two-run singles. All ten of Vineyard's hits in the game were singles.

The win earned Vineyard a rematch with Cajon de Oro, which fell to Temecula Valley North in the winner's bracket final. CDO ran short of pitchers due to injuries and Little League Baseball's revamped pitching rules, and Herrera made the District 41 champions pay with a three-run homer in the top of the first inning that sparked a 6-1 win. Craig elected to remove Calhoun from the mound after only one inning, and seldom-used reliever Mike Worthen made the move pay off by allowing only four hits and an unearned run the rest of the way.

"We were looking at the big picture," said Craig of his decision to change pitchers. Worthen had previously thrown only three innings in the international tournament, but Craig wanted to preserve his top pitcher's arm.

"Tony has thrown a lot of innings to help get us here," said Craig.

The next night, Cajon de Oro grabbed an early lead on first inning RBI singles from Matt Morris and Frank, but Tommy Reyes erased the advantage by launching a three-run homer in the fifth. CDO tied the game in the bottom of the inning, but Tommy Reyes (3-for-4 on the day) reached base and scored on a passed ball in the seventh inning. Solis, the Vineyard starter, threw five shutout innings after his rough start, and Roule pitched a scoreless seventh inning to earn the save.

Vineyard then swept Temecula Valley North to become the first San Bernardino area league to reach the region tournament since the San-Ri Little League won the Southern California championship in 1974. Like San-Ri, Vineyard reached the region championship game, but fell to Chandler National (Arizona) Little League by a 2-0 score.

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  Championship Series Game 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Temecula Valley North 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 4
Vineyard 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 2

2003 Southern California District Champions and Sectional Tournament Results:

District Champions
in Section 1
District Champions
in Section 2
D13 - Northside (Oxnard)
D50 - Atascadero
D63 - Oak View
D65 - Santa Maria Northside

Section 1 Tournament
Host - Santa Paula (District 63)

Tournament Results:
1 - Atascadero 5, Santa Maria Northside 0
2 - Oak View 5, Oxnard Northside 4
3 - Oxnard Northside 6, Santa Maria Northside 1 (elim.)
4 - Oak View 8, Atascadero 6
5 - Oxnard Northside 9, Atascadero 2 (elim.)
6 - Oak View 3, Oxnard Northside 0 (TITLE)

D16 - Crescenta Valley (La Crescenta)
D17 - San Marino
D18 - El Monte American
D40 - San Fernando National
D51 - Palmdale

Section 2 Tournament
Host - Rosamond (District 51)

Tournament Results:
1 - San Fernando National 3, San Marino 2
2 - Crescenta Valley 1, El Monte American 0
3 - Palmdale 5, San Fernando National 0
4 - San Marino 8, El Monte American 4 (elim.)
5 - San Marino 4, San Fernando National 1 (elim.)
6 - Crescenta Valley 10, Palmdale 4
7 - San Marino 5, Palmdale 1 (elim.)
8 - Crescenta Valley 4, San Marino 1 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 3
District Champions
in Section 4
D25 - West Los Angeles
D27 - Torrance
D36 - Manhattan Beach
D37 - Tri-Park (Gardena)
D38 - Long Beach

Section 3 Tournament
Host - Long Beach (District 38)
At Stearns Champions Park

Tournament Results:
1 - Tri-Park 9, West Los Angeles 3
2 - Manhattan Beach 1, Torrance 0
3 - Long Beach 6, Tri-Park 2
4 - Torrance 5, West Los Angeles 3 (elim.)
5 - Torrance 5, Tri-Park 4 (elim.)
6 - Manhattan Beach 18, Long Beach 10
7 - Torrance 8, Long Beach 5 (elim.)
8 - Torrance 6, Manhattan Beach 3
9 - Torrance 11, Manhattan Beach 1 (5 innings; TITLE)

D28 - Temecula Valley North
D31 - Escondido American
D32 - Rancho Penasquitos Central
D33 - La Mesa National

Section 4 Tournament
Host - Escondido National (District 31)
At Mountain View Park

Tournament Results:
1 - Temecula Valley North 4, Rancho Penasquitos Central 2
2 - Escondido American 6, La Mesa National 5 (7 innings)
3 - Temecula Valley North 6, Escondido American 3
4 - Rancho Penasquitos Central 8, La Mesa National 0 (elim.)
5 - Rancho Penasquitos Central 11, Escondido American 2 (elim.)
6 - Temecula Valley North 9, Rancho Penasquitos Central 5 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 5
District Champions
in Section 6
D29 - Cypress Federal
D30 - Tustin Western
D46 - La Palma
D55 - Saddleback (Lake Forest)
D62 - Huntington Valley (Huntington Beach)

Section 5 Tournament
Host - Rancho Mission Viejo (District 55)
At Curtis Park

Tournament Results:
1 - Tustin Western 9, Cypress Federal 1
2 - Saddleback 1, La Palma 0
3 - Tustin Western 3, Huntington Valley 0
4 - La Palma 2, Cypress Federal 1 (elim.)
5 - Huntington Valley 15, La Palma 4 (4 innings; elim.)
6 - Saddleback 5, Tustin Western 1
7 - Tustin Western 7, Huntington Valley 5 (elim.)
8 - Saddleback 2, Tustin Western 1 (TITLE)

D19 - West Covina American
D20 - La Verne National
D23 - Chino National
D56 - East Yorba Linda
D60 - Hacienda Heights

Section 6 Tournament
Host - Glendora American (District 20)
At Henderson Field; Goddard Middle School

Tournament Results:
1 - Chino National 13, East Yorba Linda 12
2 - Hacienda Heights 10, West Covina American 2
3 - La Verne National 6, Chino National 4
4 - East Yorba Linda 15, West Covina American 2 (elim.)
5 - East Yorba Linda 6, Chino National 3 (elim.)
6 - La Verne National 10, Hacienda Heights 9
7 - East Yorba Linda 7, Hacienda Heights 1 (elim.)
8 - La Verne National 5, East Yorba Linda 4 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 7
District Champions
in Section 8
D21 - Vineyard (Rancho Cucamonga)
D24 - Magnolia Center National (Riverside)
D43 - Civitan (San Bernardino)
D49 - Hesperia American
D58 - Yucaipa American

Section 7 Tournament
Host - Grand Terrace (Colton) (District 21)
At Pico Park

Tournament Results:
1 - Hesperia American 5, Civitan 4 (8 innings)
2 - Yucaipa American 3, Magnolia Center National 2
3 - Magnolia Center National 10, Civitan 0 (4 innings; elim.)
4 - Vineyard 10, Hesperia American 1
5 - Magnolia Center National 18, Hesperia American 2 (full six innings; elim.)
6 - Vineyard 5, Yucaipa American 1
7 - Magnolia Center National 6, Yucaipa American 1 (elim.)
8 - Magnolia Center National 5, Vineyard 2
9 - Vineyard 5, Magnolia Center National 2 (TITLE)

D22 - Brawley
D41 - Cajon de Oro (La Mesa)
D42 - South Bay (Chula Vista)
D66 - Lemon Grove

Section 8 Tournament
Host - Holtville LL / Imperial LL (both District 22)
Championship Game Host - Holtville

Tournament Results:
1 - Cajon de Oro 2, Brawley 0
2 - South Bay 11, Lemon Grove 3
3 - Cajon de Oro 9, South Bay 8
4 - Lemon Grove 11, Brawley 5 (elim.)
5 - South Bay 5, Lemon Grove 4 (elim.)
6 - Cajon de Oro 11, South Bay 1 (5 innings; TITLE)

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