2012 Southern California Divisional Little League® Tournament Results
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Southern California - North Bracket Participants
Section 1 Champions Goleta Valley South (District 63)
Section 2 Champions Quartz Hill (District 51)
Section 3 Champions Upland Foothill (District 23)
Section 4 Champions El Segundo (District 36)
Section 5 Champions Orange (District 30)

Southern California - South Bracket Participants
Section 6 Champions Encinitas (District 31)
Section 7 Champions Park View (Chula Vista) (District 42)
Section 8 Champions Highland (District 43)
Section 9 Champions Corona National (District 72)
Section 10 Champions Aliso Viejo (District 55)

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Tournament Results:

Southern California - North Sub-Divisional
Host - Ladera (District 25)
At Christopher "Beebop" Robinson Field; Yvonne B. Burke Sports Complex

Opening Round:
Upland Foothill 12, Quartz Hill 10

Winner's Bracket Semifinals:
Orange 9, Goleta Valley South 7
El Segundo 8, Upland Foothill 3

Elimination Bracket Quarterfinals (five teams remain):
Goleta Valley South 9, Quartz Hill 7 (elim.)

Elimination Bracket Semifinal (four teams remain):
Upland Foothill 11, Goleta Valley South 0 (4 innings; elim.)

Winner's Bracket Final:
Orange 3, El Segundo 0

Elimination Bracket Final (three teams remain):
Upland Foothill 6, El Segundo 2 (elim.)

Championship Series:
Upland Foothill 14, Orange 4 (4 innings)
Orange 13, Upland Foothill 3 (4 innings; TITLE)

Southern California - South Sub-Divisional
Host - Aliso Viejo (District 55)
At Woodfield Park

Opening Round:
Encinitas 7, Highland 3

Winner's Bracket Semifinals:
Corona National 8, Park View 6
Aliso Viejo 16, Encinitas 7

Elimination Bracket Quarterfinals (five teams remain):
Highland 12, Park View 2 (4 innings; elim.)

Elimination Bracket Semifinal (four teams remain):
Highland 7, Encinitas 2 (elim.)

Winner's Bracket Final:
Aliso Viejo 11, Corona National 0 (5 innings)

Elimination Bracket Final (three teams remain):
Highland 8, Corona National 0 (elim.)

Championship Series:
Highland 6, Aliso Viejo 3
Aliso Viejo 7, Highland 6 (TITLE)

Southern California Championship Series
Host - Aliso Viejo (District 55)
At Woodfield Park

Orange 9, Aliso Viejo 6
Aliso Viejo 12, Orange 0 (4 innings)
Orange 16, Aliso Viejo 4 (6 innings; TITLE)


Through the first two games of the best-of-three Southern California championship series, Orange Little League never held a lead while a game was in progress. The District 30 champions had won the series' first game on a walk-off grand slam that reversed a 6-5 deficit, and were blown out in a 12-0, mercy rule-shortened game in Game 2.

But Orange controlled the series' third and deciding game from end to end.

Scoring in every inning but the fifth, Orange throttled homestanding Aliso Viejo Little League, 16-2, to clinch the victory and earn the league's first-ever Southern California championship in the major baseball division.

Orange slammed six home runs in the tournament's final game, including a pair by winning pitcher Chris Huerta. Jordan Schmidt fired the first salvo in the third, a solo shot that extended an early Orange advantage to 4-1, while Ryan Islas' solo home run and Huerta's two-run blow extended the lead in the fourth.

Orange failed to score in the fifth, but Huerta (three-run blast), Josh Smith (grand slam), and A.J. Esperanza (solo home run) all cleared the fences as part of an eight-run rally that propelled Orange into the West Region tournament in San Bernardino, California.

Aliso Viejo added to the power show, with its runs coming on solo home runs by Chris Pimentel and Hunter Jump.

"We have the capability to hit home runs," said Orange coach Dale Ducheny. "(We) just have to be on their game and know what they're up against."

The Orange power show was a far cry from the previous evening, when Aliso Viejo roared to a 12-0 victory. The District 55 champions, who played all fourteen of its international tournament games on its home field, turned a 2-0 first inning lead into an 11-0 romp through three innings.

Aliso Viejo had also led for most of the opener, and carried a 5-1 lead into the bottom of the fifth inning. But Huerta narrowed the Aliso advantage with a three run homer, and in the sixth, Riley Fink stunned the home crowd with a walkoff grand slam home run that pushed Orange to the victory in a game in which they had never led.

Orange's victory in the divisional championship series was the first by a North Sub-Divisional champion in the six-year history of the format presently in use in Southern California. The league became District 30's first divisional champion since Anaheim Hills West Little League in 1999, and the third overall.

Aliso Viejo reached the Southern California championship game for the third time in nine years. The District 55 winner claimed the SoCal title in 2008 (when the league was split into two charters and Aliso Viejo National Little League won the crown) and was the runner-up to Conejo Valley East Little League in 2004.

Orange reached the divisional series by winning three of four games in the North Sub-Divisional tournament at Ladera Little League's Christopher "Beebop" Robinson Field. Orange topped Goleta Valley South Little League, 9-7, in an opening round victory, then blanked El Segundo Little League, 3-0, to reach the championship game. Orange then dropped a mercy rule-shortened, 14-4 decision to Upland Foothill Little League in the first championship series game before turning the tables and defeating the same team by a 13-3 margin in the final game.

Orange scored three or more runs in every inning in the four inning victory that decided the sub-divisional championship. Orange's hitters consistently worked Upland's pitchers deep into the count with a patient hitting approach in the win. Beyond driving up pitch counts, the result of this patience was that Upland's pitchers were frequently behind in the count, allowing Orange to feast on fastballs. The District 30 champions hit three home runs and collected 14 hits before Fink's single plated Ryan Islas with a run that pushed their lead to ten runs and invoked the mercy rule.

"You've got to throw fastballs (when you are behind in the count)," explained Upland manager Dominic Mistone. "They were turning our fastballs around on us."

It marked a reversal from the previous evening, when Upland hitters coaxed twelve walks from Orange's pitchers, and clubbed three home runs to force the series to a final game. Upland Foothill carried a 1-0 advantage into the third inning, when four walks sparked a six-run rally. The District 23 winners then sent eleven batters to the plate in a seven-run fourth. Jake Holcroft, Ryan Rodriguez, and Chad Nicholson all homered in the win.

Upland had won the divisional tournament two years prior in the 9-10 year old division, and scored 11 or more runs in twelve of their 16 international tournament games, including all ten in district and sectional tournament action. This offensive prowess was top-of-mind for Orange manager Chris Esperanza as his team built its lead in the decisive final game.

"You know they're good when you're up eight or nine runs and you're worried about them coming back," said the Orange skipper.

"(Last) night was our night," said Mistone. "Tonight, everything went right for them. That's baseball."

Aliso Viejo also needed an extra game to emerge as the winner in the South Sub-Divisional tournament, where they edged Highland Little League, 7-6, for the title. Aliso Viejo overpowered Encinitas Little League, 16-7, and Corona National Little League, 11-0 in five innings, to quickly reach the title game. But Highland came into the meeting with Aliso Viejo having dispatched three straight opponents following an opening round loss to Encinitas, and then forced the extra game when a six-run second inning rally led to a 6-3 victory over Aliso Viejo.

Highland got a pair of two-run home runs from Robert Gonzalez in the sub-divisional finale, but Aliso Viejo escaped three one-out, bases loaded threats in the game to seal the victory. Highland left the bases loaded after a pair of strikeouts ended a first inning jam, and did the same when a line out and strikeout quelled a rally in the fourth. The District 43 champions left potential tying and winning runs in scoring position in the sixth when Aliso Viejo's pitcher coaxed a pair of soft line drives after Highland had again loaded the bases with one out.

The victory pushed Aliso Viejo into their meeting with Orange, in what was the first all-Orange County championship game meeting in six years. Following its victory over Aliso Viejo, Orange won one of its four pool games at the West Region tournament, and finished in fifth place.

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  Championship Series Game 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Orange 1 2 1 4 0 8 16 - -
Aliso Viejo 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 - -

2012 Southern California District Champions and Sectional Tournament Results:

District Champions
in Section 1
District Champions
in Section 2
D13 - Moorpark
D63 - Goleta Valley South
D65 - Arroyo Grande Valley Youth

Section 1 Tournament
Host - Nipomo (District 65)

Tournament Results:
1 - Moorpark 14, Arroyo Grande Valley Youth 4
2 - Moorpark 5, Goleta Valley South 2
3 - Goleta Valley South 12, Arroyo Grande Valley Youth 4 (elim.)
4 - Goleta Valley South 8, Moorpark 1
5 - Goleta Valley South 7, Moorpark 6 (TITLE)

D16 - Crescenta Valley (Montrose)
D17 - San Marino National
D40 - Encino
D51 - Quartz Hill

Section 2 Tournament
Host - Monte Vista (Lancaster) (District 51)

Tournament Results:
1 - Quartz Hill 12, San Marino National 11
2 - Crescenta Valley 16, Encino 5
3 - San Marino National 18, Encino 16 (elim.)
4 - Crescenta Valley 9, Quartz Hill 4
5 - Quartz Hill 16, San Marino National 8 (elim.)
6 - Quartz Hill 15, Crescenta Valley 4
7 - Quartz Hill 5, Crescenta Valley 4 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 3
District Champions
in Section 4
D18 - South Pasadena
D19 - West Covina American
D20 - Glendora National
D23 - Upland Foothill

Section 3 Tournament
Host - San Dimas (District 20)
At Marchant Park

Tournament Results:
1 - Upland Foothill 13, South Pasadena 3 (4 innings)
2 - Glendora National 6, West Covina American 1
3 - South Pasadena 9, West Covina American 1 (elim.)
4 - Upland Foothill 15, Glendora National 5 (5 innings)
5 - South Pasadena 12, Glendora National 9 (elim.)
6 - Upland Foothill 13, South Pasadena 2 (TITLE)

D25 - West Los Angeles
D27 - North Torrance
D36 - El Segundo
D37 - Del Rey American (Playa del Rey)

Section 4 Tournament
Host - Ladera (District 25)
At Christopher "Beebop" Robinson Field; Yvonne B. Burke Sports Complex

Tournament Results:
1 - El Segundo 11, North Torrance 8
2 - Del Rey American 12, West Los Angeles 0
3 - West Los Angeles 11, North Torrance 8 (elim.)
4 - El Segundo 8, Del Rey American 3
5 - West Los Angeles 11, Del Rey American 4 (elim.)
6 - El Segundo 2, West Los Angeles 1 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 5
District Champions
in Section 6
D29 - La Mirada
D30 - Orange
D38 - Long Beach
D56 - Golden Hill (Fullerton)

Section 5 Tournament
Host - Southwest Santa Ana (District 30)
At Memorial Park

Tournament Results:
1 - Long Beach 7, Golden Hill 3
2 - La Mirada 4, Orange 2
3 - Long Beach 4, La Mirada 3
4 - Orange 12, Golden Hill 2 (4 innings; elim.)
5 - Orange 10, La Mirada 0 (4 innings; elim.)
6 - Orange 8, Long Beach 7
7 - Orange 5, Long Beach 4 (TITLE)

D31 - Encinitas
D32 - Scripps Ranch American (San Diego)
D33 - La Mesa National
D70 - Oceanside National

Section 6 Tournament
Host - Rancho Buena Vista (Vista) (District 70)
At Vista Optimist Field

Tournament Results:
1 - Encinitas 5, Scripps Ranch American 1
2 - La Mesa National 8, Oceanside National 7
3 - Encinitas 6, La Mesa National 1
4 - Oceanside National d. Scripps Ranch American (elim.)
5 - La Mesa National d. Oceanside National (elim.)
6 - Encinitas 23, La Mesa National 3 (4 innings; TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 7
District Champions
in Section 8
D22 - Calexico
D41 - Santana National (Santee)
D42 - Park View (Chula Vista)
D66 - Spring Valley

Section 7 Tournament
Hosts - Imperial and Calipatria (District 22)
Championship Game Host - Imperial

Tournament Results:
1 - Spring Valley 13, Calexico 10
2 - Park View 11, Santana National 1 (4 innings)
3 - Calexico d. Santana National (elim.)
4 - Spring Valley 4, Park View 3
5 - Park View 18, Calexico 4 (elim.)
6 - Park View 16, Spring Valley 6 (5 innings)
7 - Park View 12, Spring Valley 11 (TITLE)

D21 - Bloomington
D43 - Highland
D49 - Hesperia American
D71 - Citrus (Rancho Cucamonga)

Section 8 Tournament
Host - Alta Loma (District 71)
At Heritage Community Park

Tournament Results:
1 - Hesperia American 7, Citrus 1
2 - Highland 10, Bloomington 0 (4 innings)
3 - Citrus 8, Bloomington 0 (elim.)
4 - Highland 5, Hesperia American 1
5 - Hesperia American 11, Citrus 10 (elim.)
6 - Highland 14, Hesperia American 0 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 9
District Champions
in Section 10
D24 - Arlington (Riverside)
D28 - Canyon Lake
D58 - Banning Pass
D72 - Corona National

Section 9 Tournament
Host - Yucaipa National (District 58)
At Bryant Glen Sports Complex

Tournament Results:
1 - Canyon Lake 10, Arlington 9
2 - Corona National 8, Banning Pass 0
3 - Arlington d. Banning Pass (elim.)
4 - Canyon Lake 12, Corona National 8
5 - Corona National 8, Arlington 0 (elim.)
6 - Corona National 5, Canyon Lake 2
7 - Corona National 16, Canyon Lake 3 (4 innings; TITLE)

D46 - West Garden Grove
D55 - Aliso Viejo
D62 - Huntington Valley (Huntington Beach)
D68 - Ladera Ranch

Section 10 Tournament
Host - Aliso Viejo (District 55)
At Woodfield Park

Tournament Results:
1 - Ladera Ranch 5, Huntington Valley 2
2 - Aliso Viejo 11, West Garden Grove 1
3 - Huntington Valley 9, West Garden Grove 8 (elim.)
4 - Aliso Viejo 10, Ladera Ranch 6
5 - Huntington Valley 6, Ladera Ranch 0 (elim.)
6 - Aliso Viejo 11, Huntington Valley 3 (TITLE)

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