Livermore National Little League
AAA Division championship
Game No. 1 -- Rangers 9, A's 6: For the Rangers, pitcher Jacob Hutchinson had a strong start on the mound. Justin Pestana came in as relief pitcher and allowed no runs. Gavin Powers was behind the dish and recorded several nice stops. Joe Mifsud had a great offensive game and played strong defense at first base. Caelob Stimpson turned in several nice plays at shortstop. For the A's, Matthew Hartford led off the game with a base hit. Jackson Nystrom followed with an RBI triple that plated Hartford and Patrick Curulla drove in Nystrom with a single. John Stangl anchored the defense at third base. Strong pitching was turned in by Randy Rego, Patrick Curulla and Matthew Hartford.
Game No. 2 -- A's 12, Rangers 6: For the Rangers, Caelob Stimpson led the offense with two doubles. Lead-off hitter Gavin Powers drew two and scored twice. Jack McDowell and Evan Nystrom (2B) also contributed key hits. Note: A's won game 3 and the series.
The last game of 2013 AA Division was a great one for the LNLL Giants. Giants coach Mike Woods recognized Nathan Nagengast and Landon Rhodes for always rooting on their teammates. Shane Pollard will be remembered for hitting the team's first home run. Alec Phillips, Alex Giles and Ray Castillo showed off their strong arms on the mound this season, and Kamden Johnson had the smoothest swing. Matthew Ludwig was noted for the best hand-eye coordination and Isaac Romero had many great plays as a shortstop and Braden Illingworth was a natural catcher. Caleb Bogdanov was the final game's MVP for his hitting. Jacob Woods showed off his skills in the field and at the plate.
Giants Vs A's: For the A's, Andrew Rodgers (3 for 3), Nicholas Baxter (3 for 3) and Ryan Loder (3 for 3, RBI) led the offense. Thomas Harris (2 for 3, RBI) and Tyler Harris (2B, RBI) also contributed key hits. Andrew Roberts and Mason Caldeira combined for five hits and Caleb Martin drove in a run and anchored the defense with a tough pop fly catch. Jace Whatley played strong defense at first and second base. Anthony Yazurlo made a tough catch for the final out of the season.
Livermore American Little League
AAA Division championship
Yankees 4, Giants 3: With both teams looking to be first in the AAA division, the Yankees and the Giants had another pitching duel. The Yankee bullpen of Blaze Hill, Joshua Morano, and J.J. Knight combined for nine strikeouts. The Giants' bullpen held their own with eight combined strikeouts by Aden Calvacanti, Cayden Ho, and Adam Chapman. Defense also proved key for the Giants; Antonio Crivello made an inning-ending running catch in right field in the third. The Yankees tied the game in the fourth on an RBI line drive single by Garrett Hamer. In the sixth inning, the Giants took a one run lead on a blast to deep center field by Cayden Ho. The Yankees fought back with a hit by Kyle Johnson, before J.J. Knight scored the game-winning run.
Pleasanton Girls Softball League
Major Black Division championship
Richert Lumber Co., Inc. 3, Greg Jefferies Academy 1: The game remained scoreless for four innings until Richard Lumber Co.'s Jenna O'Neal tripled and Maya Nozaka and Sarah Layer doubled for three runs. Greg Jefferies Academy stayed strong with an RBI double by Hannah Myers and key hits from AnaMaria Beard, Jessica Emde and Halle Uhl, but Richert Lumber Co. closed out the game and became the Major Black Division champions.
Minor Teal Division semifinal
A2 Technologies 2, Central Painting 1: Bridgett Aguilar struck out 13 batters and allowed just one unearned run as A2 Technologies edged Central Painting in a Pleasanton Girls Softball League Minor Teal playoff semifinal. Aguilar, who gave up just four singles in her complete-game performance, struck out the final six Central Painting batters. A2 Technologies scored the game-winning run when Lacy Becker singled in Alex Amavizca in the fourth inning. Masynne Mendes plated Becker with a single run in the second inning. Maryssa McKee and Sammi Carlson combined to allow A2 Technologies just six hits, including two apiece by Becker and Minami Smalheiser. Lexi Valentine singled in Kristen Greene in the fifth inning for Central Painting's lone run.
Mini Black Division championship
Athen's Burger 15, Hopyard Ale House 14: For Hopyard Ale House, Mia Hildebrand and Isabella Restani were solid in the circle. Offensively, Williams got (3 1B), Isabella Restani (3 1B, 2 RBI), Mia Hildebrand (2 1B, 4 RBI), Alex Wampler (3 RBI), Andrea Gregory (2 1B), Abbey Baer (3B, 2 RBI), Sydney Cohen (1B, RBI), Sadie Brown (1B), and Amanda Engel (1B) made contributions. For Athen's Burger, pitcher Avery Clark kept the game close, allowing the offense to rally in the final inning. Kelly Fietz, Ella Gervasoni, Erica Haley, Ella Melvin, A.J. Molina, Julia Novi, Samantha O'Brien, Kate Sanders, Kayli Shimanuki, Olivia Soble, Alexandra Stokoe made offensive contributions.
Tumbling and Trampoline
The Springtime Tumbling and Trampoline team traveled to Las Vegas from May 10-12 to attend the combined Region 1 and 2 Trampoline and Tumbling Championships. This meet crowns champions for each region in trampoline, double-mini trampoline, synchronized trampoline and power tumbling. It is also one of two qualifying meets for the Junior Olympic National Championships from July 2-10 in Kansas City, MO. To attend Nationals, gymnasts who are level 5 and over must earn a national qualifying score at either the State Championship or Regional Championship meet. Region 1 consists of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Region 2 consists of Arizona, California-South, California-North, Hawaii, and Nevada.
Springtime gymnasts earned twelve Regional Championship awards. In trampoline, Kaitlyn Clevenger (level 8, age 11-12), Delaney Foote (level 9, age 15 & up), and Ruben Padilla (level 10, age 10-11) achieved scores that put them at the top of both Regions 1 and 2. Delaney Foote (level 9) also placed first for Regions 1 and 2 in double-mini trampoline. In synchronized trampoline Ruben Padilla teamed up with Nick Leavell from Southern California's World Elite to win the level 10 Regional Championship. In power tumbling Springtime gymnasts earned seven Regional Championships. Zoe Harries (level 3, age 11-12), Jeremy Pigford (level 7, age 13-14), and Ruben Padilla (level 10) were named power tumbling Regional Champions. Camille Wong (level 4, age 13-14), Ben Tomlin (level 4, age 9-10), Rebecca Okmin (level 8, age 13-14), and Emilio Lehmer (level 8, age 15 & up) were also named Regional Champions, with scores that ranked them at the top of both Regions 1 and 2.
Many Springtime athletes qualified for the National Championships.
q -- National Qualifying score
Level 5: Miranda Harries 24.2q, Zoe Harries 22.9q
Level 6: Ben Tomlin 22.8q, Emma Petersen 22.0
Level 7: Sabra Wilson 23.6q, Megan Wong 23.2 q, Camille Wong 19.4
Level 8: Kaitlyn Clevenger 55.5q, Emilio Lehmer 52.9q, Rebecca Okmin 51.5q, Jeremy Pigford 50.5q, Alex Holland 49.4q, Nicolai Petersen 47.8, Megan Contarciego 45.4, Connor Tomlin 45.2
Level 9: Delaney Foote 58.7q
Level 10: Ruben Padilla 58.4q, Robathan Harries 53.4q
Level 5: Zoe Harries 55.7
Level 6: Miranda Harries 55.8q, Emma Petersen 55.3
Level 7: Camille Wong 56.5q, Megan Wong 56.3q, Ben Tomlin 54.8
Level 8: Jeremy Pigford 60.1q, Rebecca Okmin 59.2q, Kaitlyn Clevenger 59.1q, Nicolai Petersen 58.6q, Alex Holland 58.1q, Sabra Wilson 58.0q, Megan Contarciego 56.5, Connor Tomlin 50.3
Level 9: Delaney Foote 61.9q, Emilio Lehmer 60.8q, Robathan Harries 59.9q
Level 10: Ruben Padilla 53.6
Level 3: Miranda Harries 51.4, Zoe Harries 50.3
Level 4: Emma Petersen 56.1, Camille Wong 55.5, Ben Tomlin 54.4
Level 5: Sabra Wilson 53.6q, Megan Wong 53.1 q
Level 6: Nicolai Petersen 40.0, Megan Contarciego 38.6
Level 7: Connor Tomlin 47.9, Kaitlyn Clevenger 47.4, Jeremy Pigford 44.7, Robathan Harries 40.2
Level 8: Emilio Lehmer 53.8q, Rebecca Okmin 53.6 q, Delaney Foote 47.9
Level 9: Ruben Padilla 59.1q, Alex Holland 48.5
Level 10: Ruben Padilla 42.1q