Livermore Little League
Indians 9, Red Sox 4: The Red Sox and Indians went back and forth early in the game, until the third inning when the Indians stormed back with five runs over the next three innings to break the game wide open. The Indians' Braden Jackson recorded the first 11 outs, and Kane Montez got the last seven outs. Braden Jackson struck out seven in three and two-third innings, and also hit a double and a triple. Jack Perry added a home run and Cameron Songey also had two nice catches in the outfield. For the Red Sox, Mason Arnold added two singles, and pitched three scoreless innings. Anthony Persi added a single and left fielder Kyle Betz threw out a runner out at home.
Giants 9, A's 8: In a close game the Giants came back from a five-run deficit to overpower the A's in the bottom of sixth inning. For the A's, Conner Johnston drove in three runs with a solid base hit. Several A's were caught stealing, thanks to nice throws and tags from Tyler McMahon, Parker Brandt, Cody Skinner and Hunter Burke. McMahon closed out the game with a three-up three-down inning. For the A's, top players were Logan Cole, who had two triples and a double, Tristen Mulrooney, who hit a triple, and Nick Monica who added a single.
Red Sox 11, Yankees 8: The Redsox came back to win on an inside-the-park grand
A's 16, Dodgers 5: In a rematch game, the A's faced the Dodgers and were victorious behind timely hitting. In the second inning, the A's Jack Volponi hit a deep blast to left field which sparked a rally, and led to nine runs over the next two innings. Grant Peterson (4 for 4, 3B, 4 RBI) played an outstanding game and was backed up by Nolan Martin on the mound. Martin got the A's out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth inning and retired the side with three strikeouts. Nolan continued his pitching mastery and logged six total strikeouts. For the Dodgers, Joseph Fields (2 for 3) exhibited great talent and made several amazing diving catches at shortstop. Joe Bartoni (1B, RBI) was equally impressive making two outstanding catches in the outfield. Tait Thorvund was extraordinary at third base, snagging several well hit balls to shut down the A's offense.
A's 6, Red Sox 2: The game was called after four complete innings due to conditions. The A's played a good defensive game, with several great plays coming from Jake Kennedy at third base. Teammate Hunter Thompson added a well hit RBI single and Brett Whitelaw had two singles and scored three runs. For the Red Sox, Dylan Prusso and Mikey Duperly combined for four innings of solid work on the mound. Brandon McDougall made a stellar play to stop an A's rally.
Yankees 10, Cubs 9: In a very close game the Yankeese narrowly escaped with the win, after scoring the winning run in the sixth inning. For the Yankees, Garrett Bozdeck was perfect at the plate, going 4 for 4, scoring twice, and driving in a run. On defense, Bozdeck made a nice catch a first base and made two put outs. Adam Sahn came through with two clutch RBI, in addition to playing outstanding defense at pitcher, making a tough throw to beat a runner at first base, which stopped a late inning rally. Jarred Sanchez went to 3 for 4, with two RBI and a run. For the Cubs, Daniel Rochin played a great game both offensively and defensively, batting 3 for 4 including a triple and three RBI. Heavy hitter Max Bromberg went a perfect 4 for 4 with two doubles, and two RBI. Jacob Franks contributed with his second single on the season.
Giants 11, Red Sox 4: For the Gaints, Justin Wheeler contributed two hits, while teammates Kevin Grant and Nathan Lopez drove in one run each. For the Red Sox Josh Morano made a great tag at second base and recorded four outs. Drew Kardy added two hits and two RBI, and Kary Meyers also had two singles and a run.
Giants 12, Red Sox 8: For the Giants,
Diesel Sorgdrager-Dreher hit a home run, and Robert Avelar hit his first home run. Rya Jones made a nice play and throw to first on a hard hit ground ball to record an out at first. For the Red Sox, Justin Torres contributed singles, drove in two runs and scored three. Ryan Martinez (2 1B, 2 2B, 3 RBI) and Josh Morceno (2 1B, 2 2B, R) had four hits each.
Giants 12, Dodgers 7: The Giants and Dodgers played a competitive game. For the Dodgers, Nick Mamaog went 2 for 3 at the plate and scored twice. Joe Salcido was a perfect 3 for 3, and Derek Thompson was also 3 for 3, including a double, and two runs. The Giants Ryan Jones went 2 for 3 at the plate, and made a great catch at second base, while Jack Sommers added a solid hit and scored a run. Pitcher Robert Alvear made a nice catch and also made a quick throw to home which ended the game.
Red Sox 10, Cardinals 0: For the Red Sox, Josh Morano earned player of the game honors with two hits, including a monster triple, two runs and three RBI. Justin Torres came through with three base hits and two runs. Jacob Gundersen had two hits, including a doubles, two runs and two RBI. For the Cardinals, Wilder Mann had a double and Joseph Pyle contributed two hits. Matthew Thompson caught a fly ball to end the fifth inning.
Indians vs Red Sox: Top players for the Red Sox were Joey Bielski, Noah Penn and Xavier Thorpe. Top players for the Indians were Josh Ramon, Alex Piscotty and A.J. Cook.
Yankees vs. Padres: The Yankees had three hits at the plate and played solid defense with three force outs and a put-out at first base. Top players for the Yankees were Hayden Rago, John Raborn and Caden Sullivan. Top players for the Padres were Braeden McRae, Elijah Stewart and Zach Peeso.
Indians vs. Cardinals: The Indians' Griffin Sutton, Alex Okronglis and Mateo Bullis had base hits, as did Tyler Forgatsch, Bailey Tripod and Lauren Higgens of the Cardinals. Despite dreary conditions both teams had great hits and made nice plays in the field.
Pleasanton National Little League
Mets 8, Giants 6: The Mets and Giants squared off on Opening day for Pleasanton National. Met's pitcher Michael Cassetti hurled four scoreless innings and recorded nine strikeouts with a variety off pitches. Ben Schwartz led the Mets offense, going 2 for 2, with a clutch double. Leadoff man Karson Jordan added a single and scored a run. The Giants rallied to tie the game with Justin Warner leading the offensive attack with a two-run double. Spencer Oxe also contributed a solid base hit. The Mets scored two runs in the sixth inning, while the defense kept the Giants bat's at bay for the final innings. Top players for the Mets were Ben Schwartz (2 for 2, 2B, BB, 2 R, RBI), Karson Jordan (1 for 2, BB, R, SB), and Michael Casetti (3 2/3 IP, 0 H, 5 BB, R, 9 K). For the Giants, Justin Warner (1 for 2, BB, R, RBI), Spencer Oxe (1 for 3), and Pranav Chandra made an outstanding catch in right field.
Cardinals vs. Mets: The Cardinals' Ben Harbourne was solid at first base, making several plays on tough ground balls, and pop up's. Dillon Riley made a great play up the middle and threw to first for an out. Top players were Mateo Spencer, Jorden Cribbs, Brayden Nakken, Adam Harbourne, Ben Harbourne and Joe Beer.
Pleasanton Foothill Little League
Angels 3, Athletics 0: An ace pitching performance by A.J. Warford propelled the Angels to a 3-0 win over the Athletics in their season opener at Bernal Fields. Warford hurled a no-hitter, and racked up 13 strikeouts over five and two-third innings of work, before Angels closer Mitchell Lawrence secured the final out on six pitches. Warford was also solid at the plate, going 2 for 2 for 3 with a run. The A's pitcher Jack Derham was also pitching a scoreless gem into the fourth inning, until Owen Camp scored on a passed ball to give the Angels a lead. The Angels scored some insurance runs after Lawrence stole home, and was followed up by Trevor Doster's double which scored Warford. Defensively, the Angel's third baseman Dan Masek made the play of the game charging a grounder and throwing to the outstretched Jack Jupina at first for a key out in the fourth inning.
The Tri-Valley Blue Devils Midget 18AA team won the State Championship on March 10, and is now headed to the USA Hockey Tier 2 Nationals for the fourth consecutive year.
The Dublin-based youth hockey team will travel to Lansing, Michigan where it will play teams from Texas, New York and Wisconsin in the first round that begins on March 28.
Mike Holmes has led the 18AA Blue Devils to nationals for the fourth consecutive season. The team includes 17 and 18 year-old boys from all over the East Bay and as far away as Santa Cruz and Sacramento. The Blue Devils are currently ranked 12th in the country with a record of 39-7-2.
Blue Devils Nationals schedule:
3/28 vs. Dallas Oilers
3/29 vs. New York (team TBD)
3/30 vs Milwaukee Phoenix Force
Pleasanton Rage Orange 1, Sacramento Velocity 0: The Pleasanton Rage U16D3 Orange team advanced to the finals of the Association Cup with back to back victories in single elimination play. The quarterfinals pitted the Rage against the Sacramento SA Velocity, a team that averaged over five goals per game while shutting out their opponents in last week's pool play. Undeterred, the Rage held steadfast and broke through in the second half, when midfielder Nikki Cerri one-touched a cross from Cassie Santana into the net from the five yard line. This proved to be the only score of the game and enough to advance the Rage Orange squad into Sunday's semifinals.
Pleasanton Rage Orange 1, Clovis Crossfire 0: In the semifinals, the Rage faced a tough and talented Clovis Crossfire 95G team. The game started ominously with a serious knee injury to a Rage player within minutes of kickoff, halting the game for 30 minutes. Sunshine then turned to wind, rain and hail as the elements wreaked havoc throughout the evenly contested match. Both defenses asserted themselves, stifling numerous offensive attacks throughout the game. The game would remain scoreless at the end of regulation, through the first 15 minute overtime, and deep into the second. It appeared the winner was going to be determined by penalty kicks when defender Kayla Cerri wheeled on a rebounded corner kick to carry the Rage to the finals on a dramatic last second goal and 1-0 victory. With these victories, the Rage U16D3 Orange team advances to the Association Cup final in Elk Grove. The team is coached by Joe Santana and Malcom Cerri.
Hanford United 1, Rage Orange 0: Top offensive players were Nayo Clinchard, Haley Boehmer, Mary Gruen. Defensively, top players were Sarah Machado, Autumn Whitney and Dana Syriani. The Rage U19D3 Orange's season came to end in the CYSA Cup quarterfinals, losing 1-0 to Hanford United. Hanford made the most of six shots by converting a breakaway in the 37th minute for the lone goal of a hard fought game on the cold, soggy turf at Elk Grove. With all but junior Kiley Zieker graduating this spring, this marks the end of youth soccer for a very special group of girls. Their team spirit and soccer skills have reflected well on them, Pleasanton, and the Rage organization. Special thanks to coach Chris Hayes and coach Dave Zieker for their guidance and dedication to the team, and to all the family and friends who have supported them.
Rage Orange 2, Sacramento Fury 1: The Pleasanton Rage U19D3 Orange advanced to the quarterfinals of the Association Cup, blowing away the competition at gusty Morgan Hill field. After holding the Sacramento area champion Fury scoreless in the first half on the bumpy pitch, the Rage took advantage of the wind and scored two goals. The first came when Mary Gruen calmly found the far corner of the net after receiving a perfect through ball from Nayo Clinchard. The Fury tied the game when a diving Carly Boehmer couldn't quite control a save leading to an easy conversion. Her sister, Haley, turned up the intensity and headed home the winner off a fabulous corner kick from Nicole Torquato.
Rage Orange 1, Visalia Blue 0: In the second game, played under the lights on artificial turf, Boehmer shut out the Visalia Blue aided by fine work from defenders Dana Syriani and Sarah Machado. Haley provided the lone goal with a rocket from 30 yards that found its way just under the crossbar for a 1-0 victory. Those victories coupled with other results during the day guaranteed the Orange a date quarterfinals against a strong Hanford team.
LYSY Avenal 3, BUSC Select 1: The U19 BUSC Select advanced to the quarterfinals of the CYSA Association Cup before falling to the LYSL Avenal 3-1. The Select went 2-1 in preliminary games, led by Tyler Briggs and Brandon Cohen with two goals each, and Morgan Melendrez and Alex Lutz with one apiece. However, a disqualification forced a penalty kick shootout verse Clovis Crossfire prior to the game vs the Avenal. In a drama-filled situation, Clovis and Ballistic found themselves tied 4-4 after five shooters. The two teams matched missed shots, saves, and goals until the ninth shooter, Zach Morrissey, who converted and sent the BUSC Select into the quarterfinals.
The Select gave up a counter-attack goal in the 18th minute, then a late goal in the first half. Despite the deficit the offense was still tenacious, forcing the Avenal goalie to make two strong saves, including a shot that hit off the crossbar. The last 20 minutes were all hands on deck, as the Select scored on a Cohen penalty kick, but the Avenal hung on for a 3-1 victory.
Congratulations to the U19 Select for a successful post-season. Cam Baker, Yashar Behnam, Tyler Briggs, Eric Brooks, Brandon Cohen, Isaac Flanzbaum, Barron Kim, Suhau Kuo, Joe Lee, Jake Lorentz, Justin Lui, Alex Lutz, Morgan Melendrez, Zach Morrissey, Lukas Moses, Ian Newbery, Austin Rogers, Will Upp.
The LARPD Lazers hosted their first tournament of the spring session last weekend at the RLCC pool in Livermore. The Lazers won 3 of 5 games behind an entire team effort. Tournament standouts were Luca Cuppoletti (scored 6 goals in the first game), Gianna Paden, who played great defense and scored several goals, and goalies Scott Ragatz and Harry Yee. The Lazers next tournament will be held at the RLCC pools in Livermore on April 14.
Twenty-one wrestling Bulldogs from Junction K-8 school competed at Bancroft Middle School's 19th annual Bronco Classic. The Junction K-8 school earned numerous medals with four 1st place finishes, three 3rd place awards, and six 4th place finishes, for a total of 13 of 21 wrestlers earning medals for their outstanding abilities on the mats. Gold medal winners were undefeated for the enitire tournament and won first in their bracket.
6th Grade Girls
152 -- Jordyn Parker.
6th Grade Boys (including a 4th & 5th grade competitors)
69 -- Elijah Maravilla (4th grader, Bronze), Alex Johnson (5th grader, one pin), 94 -- Anthony Martinez (Gold), 106 --
John Takemura (Gold), 108 -- Keaton Simoni (one pin), 111 -- Zach Oliveira (Bronze), 136 -- Zach Stewat (Bronze).
7th Grade Boys
87 -- Joseph Lestochi, 123 -- Eric Maravilla (Gold), Magnum Resler-Miller (Bronze), 125 -- Ryan Myers, 138 -- Tyler Pokorny (Bronze), 156 -- Alejandro Buenestro (Gold).
8th Grade Girls
139 -- Jordan Madruga (Bronze), 176 -- Janelle Holm.
8th Grade Boys
113 -- Gerardo Tornero, 115 -- Robert Guel (one pin), 118 -- Jared Johnson (Bronze), 137 -- Tayler Braga (Bronze), 207 -- Angel Rodriguez (Bronze).