Livermore Little League
Padres 7, Giants 6: For the Padres, John Joiner pitched five strong innings, allowing just one run while striking out nine batters. Michael Grant smashed a double and scored a run, while teammate Jordan Redditt anchored the defense. For the Giants, Aden Calvacanti (3B) and Joe Doughty (2 for 3, 2B, R) led the offense. Jeffrey Fairbanks also contributed two hits, including a double and two RBI.
Giants 15, Orioles 10: For the Orioles, Chase Richards ignited a four-run first inning. He led off the inning with a single and eventually stole home. Elijah Nuddleman hit an RBI single in the third, which fueled another four-run inning. Jake Hager excelled at catcher, he threw out a runner attempting to steal second. For the Giants, Michael Bearden made two clutch plays first base. Bearden caught a high pop-up that disappeared in the sun and also made a backhanded catch on a tough line drive. Jack Volponi (3 for 3, 2B) led the offense, while infielder Adam Chapman was phenomenal at both shortstop and third base.
Angels 13, Giants 3: Top players Angels were: Duncan Maxwell, Parker Schwantes and Luther Hart.
Orioles 15, Angels 9: For the Orioles, Kendall Lemmons made her pitching debut at the AA level and earned her first win. Wilder Mann and Ryan Bond led the offense with solid hits that reached the outfield. For the Angels, Kevin Grant, Parker Schwantes and Karl Meyers were top players.
Angels 19, Cardinals 18: For the Angels, top players were Trent Terkuerst (5 for 5, 2B, 4 R, RBI), Justin Grumm (5 for 5, 4 R, 5 RBI), Josh Raborn (4 for 4, 2B, R, 2 RBI). For the Cardinals, Xavier Thorpe (4 for 4, 2 2B, R, 3 RBI), Brandon Von (3 for 4, 2 2B, 2 R, RBI), and Nico Temorres (3 for 4, 2 R, 2 RBI) were top players.
Angels 12, Giants 11: For the Angels, Xavier Dillon and A.J. Hattaway combined for seven hits, four runs and three RBI to lead the offense. Joseph Burbach hit a double and scored on Tristan Webb's RBI single. For the Giants, Jake Salhoff (3 for 4, 2B, 2 R, RBI) led the offense, while Cole Ebel and Caleb Francis combined for five hits and three RBI.
Cardinals 20, Angels 19: For the Cardinals, Riley Durrant (4 for 4, 2 R, 4 RBI) led the offense and was a home run short of the cycle. Brandon Von and Xavier Thorpe were both perfect at the plate, they were a combined 9 for 9, with four runs and six RBI. For the Angels, Just Grumm (3 for 4, 2 2B, 5 RBI) provided the offense, while Xavier Dillon and Jack Bleier were both a perfect 3 for 3 at the plate.
Muckdogs vs. Scrappers: For the Muckdogs, top players were Sean Nelson, Adrian Zarsange and Caleb Ragan.
West Coast Soccer
State Cup Finals
Kryptonite 3, Central Cal Alliance 2: The girls U17 West Coast Kryptonite played in their third straight State Cup Final. After trailing 1-0 to a strong Alliance team the Kryptonite did not waiver and Brook Rittmann scored the equalizer. Adaurie Dayak scored the go-ahead goal off a corner assisted by Ebony Ezeji and Regan Smithers. The Kryptonite continued to attack and were led by Kelly Smith, Stephanie Pawek, Brooke Rittmann, Autumn Smithers and Adaurie Dayak, who all created scoring opportunities. The midfield responsibilities were handled by Amber Lennier, Mireya Magana, Madison Souza, Kate Lipmann and Jessica Hufford. The Kryptonite, known for tough defense, was anchored by captains Grace Cabri and Rachel Leonard, Regan Smithers Allie Lau and Ebony Ezeji all played great and goalie Haley Crook came up with some big saves. In the second half, Mireya Magana scored after weaving through the midfield and blasting a shot over the keeper. Alliance scored a late goal but wasn't enough to overcome the two time state cup champs. Kryptonite won the State Cup in 2011, Premier State Cup in 2012 and the State Cup again in 2013. They will get to represent Northern California as they go back to the National Championship for the third straight year.
Wild 2, Diablo FC 0: The Wild took an early lead when Miciah Madison collected a perfect pass from Demi Gonis and slotted it past the Diablo FC goalkeeper. In the second half, Coach Dayak changed formations to adjust to the Diablo FC's aggressive thrusts. The Wild's tactical formation transition stiffened the Diablo attack, and Kasidee Wiley took a pass from Melissa Ellis and placed it in the corner of the net for a 2-0 lead. The Wild defense was led by team captains Megan Amick and Emilie Allum, with strong efforts from goalie, Amanda Valentine, Miciah Madison, Jacey Luzzi and Autumn Smithers who shut down the Diablo forwards. The battle in the midfield was dominated by Wild players Tori Nicolo, Carleigh Hufana, Rachel Tungol, Demi Gonis, Kamie Lipmann and Sydni Lunt. This was the first time the U-15 Wild competed in the State Cup final. The Wild has been ranked No. 1 in the state since August 2012, so winning the State Cup was their goal. Last season, the Wild took second in the National Championship in Waukegan, IL, and are looking forward to going to Colorado for the National Finals.
Wonder 4, Modesto Ajax 3, OT: The girls U-14 West Coast Wonder shocked Modesto Ajax when they came back from a 2-0 deficit to win the NorCal Premiere State Cup Championship title in golden goal overtime. After trailing 2-0, the Wonder worked the ball out of the back, Michia Madison drove up the right side and beat three defenders before converting from a near impossible angle. In the second half, the Wonder displayed great ball control and communication. The Wild scored the equalizer on a corner kick, that was sent into the six by McKenna Buti and buried into the net by Madison. Late in the game, the Ajax scored but Madison responded with another goal to tie the game at 3-3. Golden Goal overtime brought out the best of the West Coast Wonder, as it immediately pushed forward offensively into Ajax territory. A hand ball in the box provided a perfect opportunity to seal the game. Lesley Jimenez stepped up to the line and placed a beautiful penalty kick in the left corner to win the game.