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Eastlake Little League makes it a clean sweep at District 42 TOC finals Phillip Brents | Thu, Jul 03 2014 05:48 PM

Eastlake Little League held its 2014 Opening Day ceremonies March 7 with a salute to its 2013 champions, including its very own United States Little League World Series champion West All-Stars.

It was a time to reflect on unparalleled success as well as set the stage for the future.

And that future appears very much in the present, if the results of this year’s California District 42 Tournament of Champions  are any indicator.

The east side Chula Vista league cleaned up at this year’s district TOC finals by winning titles in the 6-year-old, 8U, Minor and Major divisions to wrap up championship play June 26 at Imperial Beach Little League.

Eastlake Little League made a statement last year with finalists in all three divisions, including a championship in the 10U division.

But this year, it proved to be outright domination.

The scorecard read:

•6: Eastlake 14, Sweetwater Valley 8
•8U: Eastlake 9, Park View 8
•Minor (10U): Eastlake 15, Southwest 6
•Major (12U): Eastlake 5, Southwest 2

Four-for-four. That’s a 1.000 batting average.

“Winning four different Tournament of Champions divisions is a great accomplishment for Eastlake Little League,” District 42 administrator Ernie Lucero said. “This shows the dedicated volunteers the league has, from the managers, coaches to the board of directors on down to the parents in the stands of the playing fields. It has been my experience that when the managers and coaches make it fun for the kids, they do well in this type of tournament. They can take the pressure off our Little Leaguers and they seem to perform better. I even see the parents cheering from the stands in a positive way, and this helps the ballplayers perform at their best.”

This was the first year that 6-year-olds competed in the TOC format. There were some minor rule differences from the 8U division but the focus clearly was on having fun in a competitive atmosphere.

“I did not know what to expect, but I can say that it was a great success,” Lucero explained. “We used a pitching machine and had rules in place so that it would be a good experience for everyone, including the parents. We had every relative of the 6-year-olds attend the games. Everyone made this tournament a success. We feel next year will be even better.”

Prime time
The game of the night was the 8U final, which came down to the last inning, with two outs, the bases loaded and a full count on the batter.

Eastlake led, 9-4, heading into the sixth inning. Then the pitching and fielding wheels came off as Park View began mounting a comeback.

There were two pitching substitutions in the inning. Eastlake’s last pitcher managed to get batters out, but also loaded the bases in doing so. However, with the dramatic ending set in place, a called third strike ended the game.

By the numbers

This year’s district TOC started June 21 with each team playing two pool games before the top four teams were selected to advance to the semifinals on June 24 at the Imperial Beach site. 

Eastlake defeated Sweetwater Valley (6-3) and Chula Vista National (16-2) to win its two pool games in the 6-year-old division before edging Chula Vista American (7-6) in the semifinals en route to claiming a championship rematch with Sweetwater Valley, which topped Luckie Waller, 10-3, in the semifinals after closing out pool play with a 5-4 win over CVA.

Eastlake’s 8U team recorded high-scoring victories in its opening three TOC contests, defeating CV National (15-4), CV American (17-6) and Sweetwater Valley (19-15) in advancing to the championship game against Park View, which defeated Sweetwater Valley (6-3), Southwest (15-3) and CVA (12-10) in its opening three games.

Eastlake’s Minor Division squad also wielded some heavy lumber with sizable pool wins against Luckie Waller (17-7) and Park View (16-7) before eliminating CV American by a score of 12-3 in the semifinals. Southwest advanced to meet Eastlake in the championship game after defeating Sweetwater Valley, 9-6, in the semifinals. The win over SV made amends for a 10-0 loss in pool play.

The Major Division championship bracket featured two pools. Eastlake won its pool to advance to the semifinals by crushing Sweetwater Valley and Park View by scores of 19-3 and 19-1, respectively.

Southwest and Chula Vista American both finished 2-0 in their pool, followed by Imperial Beach and Luckie Waller with 1-1 records.

Six teams advanced to the playoffs, with Eastlake and Southwest receiving byes to the semifinals.

In quarterfinal match-ups, Imperial Beach eliminated CV American, 13-7, while Sweetwater Valley eliminated Park View, 12-5.

In the ensuing semifinals, Eastlake slipped past Sweetwater Valley, 8-6, while Southwest edged Imperial Beach 13-12 to advance to the championship round.

District 42 All-Stars

District All-Star tournament play commenced June 28, hardly time for the TOC winners to finish celebrating.
District championships will be awarded in five divisions this year: 10U, 11U, 12U, Junior and Senior.

Getting out to quick starts were Eastlake and Chula Vista American in the 10U winners bracket with a pair of wins each while Eastlake and Sweetwater Valley both advanced to Thursday’s winners bracket match-up in both the 11U and 12U divisions.

In the Junior Division, Eastlake and Luckie Waller both advanced to Thursday’s winners bracket showdown while Luckie Waller and Southwest advanced to meet in Thursday’s championship game.

Championship games are scheduled Sunday, July 6, in the 10U, 11U and 12U divisions and Monday, July 7, in the Junior Division. All games will be at Sweetwater Valley Little League.

Lucero believes continued success beyond the district level is likely.

“I really feel that any team that represents District 42 will do well and, with any luck, will go to the Western Region in San Bernardino and hopefully on to Williamsport,” he said.

Section 7 champions
District 42 champion Luckie Waller secured the rights to this year’s Intermediate league championship by defeating District 66 champion Twin Hills. District 42 advances to Manhattan Beach to compete in the Sub-Division III-South tournament.

 

Little League Parade of Champions
District 42 Tournament of Champions

Eastlake Little League TOC Recipients

6-Year-Old TOC
Aiden Flores, Henry Thompson, Alex Waisbord, Joshua Alo, Hamza Hatahet, Anthony Jacinto, Blaize Mooney, Landon Holzapple, Angel Velarde, Brandon Bateman, Adam Casanova, Austin Stephens, Anthony Kunz, Ezekiel Quintana

8U TOC
Adrian Flores, Tomas Del Villar, Brody Wells, Matthew Duran, Max Radovan, Sebastian Casillas, Charlie Singleton, Diego Uribe, Nathan Elwood, Anthony Hinajosa, Rafael Perez, Joseph Canales, Dante Millian

10U TOC
Everett Arce, Domonic Cacho, Brandon Canaris, Emilio Darcy, Sebastian De La Toba, Colton Doll, Sebastian Espinoza, Justin Graham, Isisah Lane, Daniel Mora, Diego Ocana, Mason Richard, Xavier Rubio, Jim Sandberg, Kurt Tan, David Vargas

12U TOC
Jaden Arce, Michael Baumgarten, Michael Carino, Ethan Cashetta, Seth De Los Santos, Josh Elwood, Daniel Escobedo, Aryan Jaff, Luke Killeen, Noah Palmer, Holden Stephens, Jose Tello, Jack Wurtz

 


 

California District 42
Little League Scoreboard
All-Star Championship Tournaments

10U Division
Saturday, June 28

Sweetwater Valley 12, Imperial Beach 8
Eastlake 24, South Bay 3
Southwest 18, Chula Vista National 4
Chula Vista American 10, Park View 9

Sunday, June 29
Eastlake 17, Sweetwater Valley 15
Chula Vista American 18, Southwest 0

Monday, June 30
Imperial Beach 16, Chula Vista National 4

Tuesday, July 1
Park View 13, South Bay 2

Wednesday, July 2
Imperial Beach 12, Sweetwater Valley 10
Park View 7, Southwest 6

Thursday, July 3
Chula Vista American 8, Eastlake 3

Friday, July 4
No games

Saturday, July 5

Eastlake 7, Imperial Beach 6

Sunday, July 6
Championship game

Chula Vista American 13, Eastlake 6
Note: District 42 champion Chula Vista American advances to Section 7 tournament

11U Division
Saturday, June 28

No games

Sunday, June 29
Sweetwater Valley 7, Park View 1
Eastlake 13, Luckie Waller 0

Monday, June 30
Sweetwater Valley 8, Chula Vista American 3

Tuesday, July 1
No games

Wednesday, July 2
Luckie Waller 3, Park View 1

Thursday, July 3
Sweetwater Valley 11, Eastlake 1
Chula Vista American, Luckie Waller 8

Friday, July 4
No games

Saturday, July 5
Eastlake 14, Chula Vista American 4

Sunday, July 6
Championship game

Sweetwater Valley 13, Eastlake 1
Note: District 42 champion Sweetwater Valley advances to Section 7 tournament

12U Division
Saturday, June 28
Park View 19, Luckie Waller 12
Sweetwater Valley 19, Chula Vista American 3

Eastlake 35, South Bay 0
Imperial Beach 26, Southwest 1

Sunday, June 29
Sweetwater Valley 14, Park View 1
Eastlake 14, Imperial Beach 1

Monday, June 30
Chula Vista American 13, Luckie Waller 12
Southwest 9, South Bay 1

Tuesday, July 1
No games

Wednesday, July 2
Park View 17, Chula Vista American 1
Imperial Beach 10, Southwest 0

Thursday, July 3
Sweetwater Valley 6, Eastlake 4

Friday, July 4
No games

Saturday, July 5
Eastlake 10, Park View 9

Sunday, July 6
Championship game

Sweetwater Valley 9, Eastlake 3
Note: District 42 champion Sweetwater Valley advances to Section 7 tournament

Junior Division
Saturday, June 28

Eastlake 16, Imperial Beach 0

Sunday, June 29
No games

Monday, June 30
Luckie Waller 12, Southwest 7

Tuesday, July 1
No games

Wednesday, July 2
No games

Thursday, July 3
Luckie Waller 8, Eastlake 6 (Eastlake wins by forfeit)

Friday, July 4
No games

Saturday, July 5
Imperial Beach 12, Southwest 2

Monday, July 7
Luckie Waller vs. Imperial Beach, 5 p.m. at SVLL

Tuesday, July 8
Championship game

Eastlake vs. Luckie Waller-Imperial Beach winner
, 5:05 p.m. at SVLL

Senior Division
Saturday, June 28

Luckie Waller 11, South Bay 1

Sunday, June 29
No games

Monday, June 30
Luckie Waller 6, Southwest 4

Tuesday, July 1
Southwest 12, South Bay 1

Wednesday, July 2
No games

Thursday, July 3
Championship game

Southwest vs. Luckie Waller, game under protest

Section 7
Intermediate League

Sunday, June 29
Luckie Waller (District 42) 13, Twin Hills (District 66) 12


Sweetwater Valley Little League
2014 All-Star Teams - District 42 Champions


11U All-Stars

Players: Ariel Armas, Cameron Barbabosa, Mark Cervantes, Preston Fleming, Sam Gonzales, Kyle Gregg, Walker Lannom, Nicolas Maldonado, Levi Mendez, Ryan Moss, Braiz Ramirez, Alex Sanchez, Dante Schmid

Manager: Albert Armas. Coach: John Fleming


12U All-Stars
Players: Alec Bruce, Felix Ikeda, Wyatt Lannom, Carlos Michel, Chris Miranda-Hernandez, Sabino Muro, Eric Nakano, Kaden Nichols, Hayden Pritchard, Ramundo Reyes, Jake Rose, Tyler Sherard, Jordan Thompson

Manager: Ward Lannom. Coaches: Matt Sherard, Brad Nakano

 

Chula Vista American Little League
2014 All-Star Team - District 42 Champions


10U All-Stars
Players: Bret Leonhardt, Robert Duenas, Aaron De Casas, Christian Lizarraga, Ben Wood, Anthony Aguirre, Josh (last name unavailable), Carlo Salvatierra, Devin Hinajosa, Christian Leyva, Kyle Ince

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