The Park View Dodgers defeated the Eastlake Blue Jays, 14-0, to win this year’s California District 42 Little League Tournament of Champions Major League Division championship played last Saturday, June 18, at the Eastlake Little League complex.
Park View played long ball, hitting six home runs to win the game by a lop-sided score.
Trent Serrano and Cacorro Lizarraga each hit two home runs. Serrano’s opening blast staked Park View to a 3-0 lead and an ensuing three-run home run by Owen Ocampo quickly made the score 6-0 in Park View’s favor.
Lizarraga extended Park View’s lead to 7-0 with a blast that cleared the left-center field fence; he later added a three-run home run. Daniel Leon also smashed a round-tripper.
Park View finished 3-0 in the nine-team tournament. Park View defeated South Bay, 14-0, in its tournament opener on June 15, then topped Chula Vista National by a score of 7-1 in the semifinals on June 17.
Eastlake finished 3-1 in tournament play. Eastlake opened tournament play with a 7-6 victory against Sweetwater Valley on June 14. Eastlake then shut out Southwest, 10-0, in quarterfinal-round play on June 15. Eastlake defeated Chula Vista American, 2-0, in the semifinals on June 17.
This year’s TOC returned to its original roots, with championship teams in the Major League Division from all nine teams in the district competing rather than all-star teams. District 42 administrator Ernie Lucero said this format “levels the playing field” in the division.
“We’ve received very positive comments about the new structure from managers, coaches and parents,” Lucero commented.
The District 42 administrator commended the efforts of both TOC Majors finalists.
“The Park View team is well-deserving of first place in the Majors TOC,” Lucero said. “It should be noted that the Eastlake team never gave up and played hard until the final out.
“Park View manager Carlos Sosa and Eastlake manager Eddy Espinoza consistently demonstrated positive coaching, inspiring their team members to play to the best of their ability. I commend them for being positive role models and upholding the values of Little League.”
District 42’s Minor League, 8U and 6U TOC tournaments are now all under way.
Semifinal games in the Minor League Division TOC bracket are scheduled Saturday, June 25, at Sweetwater Valley Little League at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The championship game is scheduled Sunday, June 26, at 11 a.m. at the same site.
The 8U Division TOC semifinals are scheduled Saturday, June 25, at SVLL at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The championship game is scheduled Sunday, June 26, at 10:30 a.m. at the same site.
The 6U Division TOC semifinals are scheduled Saturday, June 25, at SVLL at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The championship game is scheduled Sunday, June 26, at 10 a.m. at the same site.
The District 42 All-Star championship tournaments are scheduled to start Wednesday, June 29, in both the 12U and Junior divisions and July 5 in the 11U Division. The schedule for the 10U Division is to be announced soon.
The Junior Division tournament, which is being hosted by Eastlake Little League, is a best-of-three series between Eastlake and Luckie Waller. The second game follows on Thursday, June 30. If a third game is necessary, it would be played on Friday, July 1.
The 12U tournament championship games are scheduled July 10-11 at Sweetwater Valley Little League. This is the division that dead-ends at the Little League World Series.
The 11U tournament championship games are scheduled July 10-11, also at Sweetwater Valley Little League.
California District 42 Little League
Major Division Tournament of Champions
June 14 at Sweetwater Valley LL
Eastlake 7, Sweetwater Valley 6
June 14 at Sweetwater Valley LL
Chula Vista American 10, Luckie Waller 1
Chula Vista National 7, Imperial Beach 6
June 15 at Sweetwater Valley LL
Eastlake 10, Southwest 0
Park View 14, South Bay 0
June 17 at Imperial Beach LL
Eastlake 2, Chula Vista American 0
Park View 7, Chula Vista National 1
June 18 at Eastlake LL
Park View 14, Eastlake 0
Note: Park View TOC champions