2006 Southern California Divisional Little League® Tournament Results
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Southern California Divisional Tournament
Host - California District 46
At Stanton (Anaheim) and West Garden Grove
Championship Game at West Garden Grove

Participating Teams
Section 1 Champions Moorpark (District 13)
Section 2 Champions Northridge City (District 40)
Section 3 Champions Torrance (District 27)
Section 4 Champions Oceanside Valley (District 28 - South)
Section 5 Champions Tijeras Creek (Rancho Santa Margarita) (District 68)
Section 6 Champions West Covina American (District 19)
Section 7 Champions Canyon Springs (Moreno Valley) (District 24)
Section 8 Champions Sweetwater Valley (Bonita) (District 42)

Click here to view 2006 district tournament results for Southern California.

Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
Tijeras Creek 8, Torrance 5
Northridge City 9, Oceanside Valley 8
Moorpark 2, Canyon Springs 0
West Covina American 4, Sweetwater Valley 2

Winner's Bracket Semifinals:
Northridge City 11, Tijeras Creek 9
West Covina American 8, Moorpark 3

Elimination Bracket - Round 1 (eight teams remain):
Torrance 4, Oceanside Valley 2 (elim.)
Canyon Springs 6, Sweetwater Valley 1 (elim.)

Winner's Bracket Finals:
Northridge City 8, West Covina American 1

Elimination Bracket Quarterfinals (six teams remain):
Torrance 7, Tijeras Creek 4 (elim.)
Canyon Springs 7, Moorpark 2 (elim.)

Elimination Bracket Semifinals (four teams remain):
Canyon Springs 2, Torrance 1 (elim.)

Elimination Bracket Finals (three teams remain):
Canyon Springs 11, West Covina American 0 (elim.)

Championship Series:
Canyon Springs 7, Northridge City 6 (12 innings)
Northridge City 11, Canyon Springs 1 (5 innings; TITLE)


The history books, including this one, will dutifully record the final score from Little League Baseball's 2006 Southern California Divisional tournament championship game.

Northridge City 11, Canyon Springs 1. A rare mercy rule finish between the Southland's final two teams -- in fact, just the third since the 10-run rule became part of the international tournament rulebook in 1995.

But like a vintage photo from a long-ago track and field meet, the final scoreline provides only a freeze-frame of the finish line: this team won, and that team lost. You'd need to look beyond the finish line for the story of the race itself.

This particular race was filled with twists and turns. Like Canyon Springs forcing the tournament to a deciding contest by winning five games in six days -- and the Moreno Valley-based club only needed the extra day because one of the wins required twelve innings and two days to secure.

Like Northridge City managing to avoid its own journey through the bottom bracket, first with Cody Thompson's walk-off grand slam in a 9-8 opening round win over Sweetwater Valley Little League, then by overcoming a five run fifth inning deficit in a second round matchup against Tijeras Creek Little League.

And like Northridge City bouncing back from the aforementioned two day, twelve inning loss within the hour, slamming four home runs, including three in the final inning, to reach the West Region tournament for the third time in league history. No other Southern California league has advanced to region tournament play more than twice since the present tournament structure was implemented in 1957.

"I'm just happy that our guys responded," said Northridge City manager Kevin Shaw after the championship game win. "That was kind of a gut-wrencher of a loss, but they were just going to play baseball for as long as it took to get to the Western Regional."

It wound up taking ten innings -- five to complete the suspended game, which Canyon Springs won on Evan Perez's home run in the top of the twelfth inning, then five in the 'if' game. Northridge pitcher Bretton Bowman struck out three and scattered six singles in the win. The game was tied 1-1 in the third inning when Northridge scored five runs to take command for good.

Thompson delivered the inning's first big blow with a two-run single, and Nick Nimura followed with a two-run homer.

Canyon Springs, which rallied from a 5-1 deficit in the suspended game, positioned itself for another comeback by loading the bases with nobody out in the fifth inning. But Northridge City turned its second double play of the game to emerge unscathed from the threat. In the bottom of the inning, Thompson and Anthony Losurdo homered before Payton Milone's two-run shot pushed the Northridge lead into double-digits and ended the game.

"When we went into the loser's bracket, it just put us in too much of a disadvantage," said Canyon Springs manager Matt Gramata. "We ran out of pitching."

Canyon Springs' top four pitchers were all ineligible to throw in the final game due to Little League Baseball's mandatory rest requirements for the international tournament. The team had played 17 defensive innings over the previous 48 hours just to force the final game.

"We've faced a lot of good competition in this tournament," observed Shaw. "But (Canyon Springs) is by far the best all-around team we've faced."

Canyon Springs proved its mettle, first with the string of wins in the bottom bracket, then by extending Northridge City to twelve innings in the teams' first championship series meeting.

Northridge opened a four run lead in the game's first two innings, scoring five unearned runs thanks to three Canyon Springs errors. Milone doubled in a pair of runs in the second before Bowman followed with his fourth home run of the tournament.

Gramata then handed the ball to Ralph Chagolla, who had pitched just one inning over the course of Canyon Springs' thirteen previous international tournament games. Chagolla struck out six and allowed only one hit and one run in 5-2/3 innings of work before the game was suspended due to darkness.

"I can't say enough about the way Ralphie performed today," said Gramata. "He kept his composure in a big game."

While Chagolla kept Northridge off the scoreboard, Canyon Springs' offense went to work. Danny Ramirez halved the lead with a two-run homer in the third, and in the fifth, Chagolla scored on a wild pitch before Dennis Banks delivered an RBI single that scored Ramirez with the tying run. Both teams added a run in the seventh, with Banks scoring on a wild pitch in the top of the inning and Northridge converting an error and three walks into a run to tie the game.

"We still have a couple more arms available," said Canyon Springs manager Matt Gramata after play was suspended until the next day. "But tonight, Chagolla was lights out."

One of those arms was Perez, Canyon Springs' top pitcher. When play resumed, the right-hander threw five shutout innings before homering in the top of the twelfth to push Canyon Springs in front for good.

Thompson struck out fourteen in a six inning relief outing for Northridge City.

"We knew it was going to take a big effort today," said Shaw after his team rebounded to win the second game. "The first thing I told the kids was to be ready to play a lot of innings."

Northridge City needed big efforts just to navigate its way to the title game. Thompson saved the day in the District 40 champions' opening round win over Sweetwater Valley, both with his game winning grand slam, which came after the right-hander grounded out with the bases loaded to end the fourth inning, and with his arm. Thompson made his international tournament pitching debut, working the final two innings as Shaw reached deep into his pitching corps when Bowman departed after the second inning due to arm trouble.

The next day, Northridge again used late-inning heroics, striking for ten runs in the top of the fifth inning to dispatch Tijeras Creek, 11-9. Christian Lopez lashed a grand slam home run, and Thompson hit his second homer in as many days to propel the comeback. Bowman, who had homered earlier, added a grand slam of his own later in the inning. Lopez pitched a complete game, and registered a game-ending strikeout with the tying run on base to preserve the win.

Northridge City then topped West Covina American, 8-1. Bowman homered again, and lifted his tournament batting average to .571. He also returned to the mound, allowing six hits and striking out nine batters to keep West Covina's offense in check.

The win pushed Northridge City into the divisional tournament's championship game for the third time in an eight-year span. Only two other Southern California leagues -- Torrance Little League and Long Beach Little League -- have reached the divisional, let alone the championship game, three times during that span.

Canyon Springs looked to be an unlikely candidate for the other championship game berth on the tournament's first day, when the District 24 champions fell, 2-0, to Moorpark Little League. Moorpark curveballer Blake Barnes threw five shutout innings, and also scored the game's first run when he led off the game with a single and eventually scored on an error. Colin Lane added a second inning home run to help send Canyon Springs to the elimination bracket.

"It's going to show a lot of character for this team (to rebound)," said Gramata after the loss. "This is the first time they've been down like that and lost."

Canyon Springs bounced back the next day, riding Danny Ramirez' ten strikeout two-hitter to a 6-1 victory over Sweetwater Valley Little League. The team broke past its offensive struggles after a 1-2-3 first inning by scoring five times in the second frame.

"They came out swinging the bats today," said Gramata. "They just relaxed and focused."

Three more wins quickly followed suit, starting with a 7-2 win over Moorpark that avenged the opening round loss. Caine Kleckner, listed third on Canyon Springs' depth chart, struck out eight and allowed only four hits. He retired eleven batters in a row in the game's middle innings while Canyon Springs built its lead. Perez hit two-run homers in the fourth and sixth innings to seal the victory.

The next day, Canyon Springs needed extra innings to edge Torrance, 2-1. Perez and Torrance pitcher Tyler Harvey each allowed only one run through six innings, and Canyon Springs staved off elimination when Perez led off the bottom of the sixth inning with a double before eventually scoring on a wild pitch. In the seventh, Kleckner drew a walk, then Chagolla lined a shot that skipped past the Torrance left fielder and allowed Kleckner to score.

Perez struck out eight and allowed five hits in his six innings of work, while Harvey held Canyon Springs to three hits and struck out seven.

"I'm on a high," said Gramata after the win. "There's nothing better than a ballgame like that."

Gramata's spirits surely remained high the following evening, when his team rode Ramirez's two-hitter and a thirteen hit offensive attack to an 11-0 victory over West Covina American. Canyon Springs led 1-0 after two innings, then turned six singles into three runs in the third. The Riverside County team added three more in the fourth, then Perez's two-run single and Ramirez's two-run homer clinched the victory in the fifth.

Banks paced the Canyon Springs offense with four hits and four runs scored. Perez scored three times, and Ramirez scored twice and drove in four runs.

Canyon Springs held off elimination for one more night by forcing extra innings in the suspended game, before Northridge City pulled away to capture the championship pennant.

"We gave it a good run," said Gramata after his team's season finally came to an end.

As did the eventual champions. Northridge City was well-ahead in the moment it crossed the finish line, but only after first finding answers to the myriad of challenges encountered along the way. By rising past eleventh hour deficits and two-day heartbreakers, Northridge managed to hurdle each obstacle placed in its path.

Moving forward, step by step, until the race was won.

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  Elimination Bracket Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Canyon Springs 1 0 3 3 4 11 13 1
West Covina American 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
  Championship Series Game 1
Canyon Springs 1 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 7 10 3
Northridge City 1 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 8 3
  Championship Series Game 2
Canyon Springs 0 0 1 0 0 1 6 1
Northridge City 0 1 5 0 5 11 11 2

2006 Southern California District Champions and Sectional Tournament Results:

District Champions
in Section 1
District Champions
in Section 2
D13 - Moorpark
D50 - Arroyo Grande Valley Youth
D63 - Goleta Valley South
D65 - Village Hills (Lompoc)

Section 1 Tournament
Host - Arroyo Grande Valley Youth (District 50)
At Soto Sports Complex
Championship Game at Santos Field

Tournament Results:
1 - Village Hills 5, Arroyo Grande Valley Youth 1 (7 innings)
2 - Moorpark 6, Goleta Valley South 2
3 - Arroyo Grande Valley Youth 3, Goleta Valley South 2 (elim.)
4 - Moorpark 12, Village Hills 5
5 - Arroyo Grande Valley Youth 11, Village Hills 9 (8 innings; elim.)
6 - Moorpark 11, Arroyo Grande Valley Youth 1 (5 innings; TITLE)

D16 - Crescenta Valley (Montrose)
D17 - San Marino National
D18 - South Pasadena
D40 - Northridge City
D51 - Quartz Hill

Section 2 Tournament
Host - Sierra Madre (District 17)
At Healey Field; Sierra Vista Park

Tournament Results:
1 - Crescenta Valley 2, South Pasadena 1 (7 innings)
2 - Northridge City 1, Quartz Hill 0
3 - Crescenta Valley 4, San Marino National 0
4 - Quartz Hill 19, South Pasadena 6 (6 innings; elim.)
5 - Quartz Hill 9, San Marino National 0 (elim.)
6 - Northridge 14, Crescenta Valley 0 (4 innings)
7 - Quartz Hill 16, Crescenta Valley 3 (elim.)
8 - Northridge City 5, Quartz Hill 1 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 3
District Champions
in Section 4
D25 - Santa Monica East
D27 - Torrance
D36 - El Segundo
D37 - Ladera
D38 - Long Beach

Section 3 Tournament
Host - Central Redondo (District 36)
At Perry Park

Tournament Results:
1 - Santa Monica East 9, Ladera 3
2 - Torrance 1, Long Beach 0
3 - El Segundo 5, Santa Monica East 3
4 - Long Beach 14, Ladera 4 (elim.)
5 - Torrance 6, El Segundo 1
6 - Santa Monica East 5, Long Beach 1 (elim.)
7 - Santa Monica East 6, El Segundo 4 (elim.)
8 - Santa Monica East 2, Torrance 1
9 - Torrance 2, Santa Monica East 0 (TITLE)

D28-N - Temecula Valley American
D28-S - Oceanside Valley
D31 - Encinitas National
D32 - Coronado
D33 - San Carlos (San Diego)

Section 4 Tournament
Host - Chollas Lake (San Diego) (District 33)

Tournament Results:
1 - Oceanside Valley 8, Temecula Valley American 1
2 - Coronado 3, San Carlos 0
3 - Oceanside Valley 10, Encinitas National 0
4 - San Carlos 6, Temecula Valley American 4 (elim.)
5 - Oceanside Valley 5, Coronado 3
6 - San Carlos 3, Encinitas National 2 (elim.)
7 - San Carlos 10, Coronado 6 (elim.)
8 - Oceanside Valley 6, San Carlos 5 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 5
District Champions
in Section 6
D29 - Cypress Federal
D30 - North Sunrise
D46 - West Garden Grove
D55 - Laguna Hills
D62 - Robinwood (Huntington Beach)
D68 - Tijeras Creek (Rancho Santa Margarita)

Section 5 Tournament
Host - Trabuco Canyon (Wagon Wheel) (District 68)

Tournament Results:
1 - North Sunrise 6, Robinwood 5
2 - Laguna Hills 11, Cypress Federal 1
3 - North Sunrise 6, West Garden Grove 4
4 - Tijeras Creek 3, Laguna Hills 2
5 - Laguna Hills 9, Robinwood 0 (elim.)
6 - West Garden Grove 7, Cypress Federal 4 (elim.)
7 - Tijeras Creek 6, North Sunrise 1
8 - Laguna Hills 15, West Garden Grove 5 (elim.)
9 - North Sunrise 10, Laguna Hills 6 (elim.)
10 - Tijeras Creek 19, North Sunrise 5 (TITLE)

D19 - West Covina American
D20 - San Dimas
D23 - Upland Foothill
D56 - Yorba Hills (Yorba Linda)
D60 - Diamond Bar National

Section 6 Tournament
Host - Chino American (District 23)

Tournament Results:
1 - Yorba Hills 9, Diamond Bar National 5
2 - West Covina American 4, San Dimas 3
3 - Upland Foothill 16, Yorba Hills 1 (5 innings)
4 - Diamond Bar National 6, San Dimas 0 (elim.)
6 - Yorba Hills 9, Diamond Bar National 2 (elim.)
5 - West Covina American 8, Upland Foothill 0
7 - Yorba Hills 5, Upland Foothill 4 (elim.)
8 - West Covina American 7, Yorba Hills 5 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 7
District Champions
in Section 8
D21 - Vineyard (Rancho Cucamonga)
D24 - Canyon Springs (Moreno Valley)
D43 - Civitan (San Bernardino)
D49 - Hesperia National
D58 - Yucaipa American

Section 7 Tournament
Host - Ken Hubbs Memorial (Colton) (District 21)
At Ken Hubbs Memorial Field

Tournament Results:
1 - Canyon Springs 7, Yucaipa American 4 (7 innings)
2 - Civitan 6, Hesperia National 4
4 - Yucaipa American 6, Hesperia National 2 (elim.)
3 - Civitan 6, Vineyard 0
6 - Vineyard 11, Yucaipa American 2 (elim.)
5 - Canyon Springs 17, Civitan 0 (4 innings)
7 - Civitan 6, Vineyard 1 (elim.)
8 - Canyon Springs 6, Civitan 1 (TITLE)

D22 - Imperial
D41 - Cajon de Oro (La Mesa)
D42 - Sweetwater Valley (Bonita)
D66 - Lemon Grove

Section 8 Tournament
Host - Park View (Chula Vista) (District 42)

Tournament Results:
1 - Cajon de Oro 4, Lemon Grove 1
2 - Sweetwater Valley 8, Imperial 1
3 - Sweetwater Valley 10, Cajon de Oro 3
4 - Imperial 1, Lemon Grove 0 (elim.)
5 - Imperial 13, Cajon de Oro 12 (elim.)
6 - Sweetwater Valley 1, Imperial 0 (TITLE)

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