Local Little League All Stars are Section One Champs
The Alameda Intermediate 50/70 Little League All-Star team won the Section 1 Championship with two big wins over Vacaville in the championship series last week.
The Island City team first took down Vacaville 9-7 in 10 innings on June 29, then followed that up with a resounding 24-8 victory in the NorCal section championship match.
Alameda’s road to the championship was strenuous to say the least. First they had to win their district championship — District 4. They went 4-1 in the district playoffs. They beat Walnut Creek 7-2 on June 15, lost to North Oakland/South Oakland 24-8 on June 18, beat Walnut Creek again 5-0 on June 20, then got their revenge on the North Oakland South Oakland team with a 16-5 victory on June 21 and an 18-2 win on June 22.
The district win advanced Alameda to the section playoffs. Alameda got off to a bad start in the section playoffs with a 5-4 defeat on June 24 at the hands of American Canyon. Alameda would have been eliminated from the tournament with another loss. Luckily for the team they did not lose again in the tournament. They took down Petaluma 21-8 on June 26, got its revenge against American Canyon with a 17-7 win on June 27 and then beat Tiburon 14-10 on June 28.
The win advanced the squad to the NorCal regional tournament. The team lost its first match in the regional playoffs with an 8-3 defeat to Chowchilla on July 2. The team last played on July 5. The NorCal Division II Intermediate All-Star winning team will move on to the West Regional Tournament in Nogales, Ariz., July 18 through 28. This tournament winner then advances to the 50/70 World Series in Livermore, July 31 through Aug. 7.
The Northern California Little League Championship Series comprises of the top players from different Little League associations. While the boys have been playing together and on different teams for roughly a decade in Alameda’s Little League, this is the furthest they have traveled in all-star play. Many of the boys have also participated in Neptune-Pearl-sponsored baseball programs over the past several years as well.
Alameda’s Intermediate 50/70 All-Stars are: Nathan Dudley, Malachi Francois, Aaron Garcia, Joey Green, Zachary Hester, Sebastian Hurtubise, Scott Kelly, Lukas Mann, Michael Proffitt, Tanner Roizen, Michael Shih, Nicolas Stermer, David Thomas, Shamil Youngblood and Phillip Woodworth. The manager is Dustin Chavez. Coaches are Matt Borges and Scott Tully.