2013 Southern California Divisional Little League® Tournament Results
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Southern California - North Sub-Divisional Participants
Section 1 Champions Santa Maria Southside (District 65)
Section 2 Champions Sherman Oaks Southern (District 40)
Section 3 Champions LaVerne (District 20)
Section 4 Champions San Pedro Eastview (District 27)
Section 5 Champions Tustin Eastern (District 30)

Southern California - South Sub-Divisional Participants
Section 6 Champions Encinitas National (District 31)
Section 7 Champions Eastlake (Chula Vista) (District 42)
Section 8 Champions Highland (District 43)
Section 9 Champions Corona National (District 72)
Section 10 Champions Huntington Valley (Huntington Beach) (District 62)

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Tournament Results:

Southern California - North Sub-Divisional
Host - Long Beach (District 38)
At Murphy Field; Stearns Champions Park

Stearns Champions Park is located at 4520 East 23rd Street in Long Beach.

Opening Round:
Santa Maria Southside 4, San Pedro Eastview 0

Winner's Bracket Semifinals:
Sherman Oaks Southern 11, LaVerne 7
Tustin Eastern 20, Santa Maria Southside 5

Elimination Bracket Quarterfinals (five teams remain):
LaVerne 5, San Pedro Eastview 4 (elim.)

Winner's Bracket Final:
Sherman Oaks Southern 5, Tustin Eastern 4

Elimination Bracket Semifinal (four teams remain):
Santa Maria Southside 13, LaVerne 2 (7 innings; elim.)

Elimination Bracket Final (three teams remain):
Santa Maria Southside 9, Tustin Eastern 6 (elim.)

Championship Game:
Sherman Oaks Southern 11, Santa Maria Southside 9 (7 innings; TITLE)

Southern California - South Sub-Divisional
Host - Corona National (District 72)
At El Cerrito Sports Park

El Cerrito Sports Park is located at 7500 El Cerrito Road in Corona.

Opening Round:
Eastlake 10, Huntington Valley 6

Winner's Bracket Semifinals:
Highland 16, Encinitas National 6 (6 innings)
Eastlake 12, Corona National 8

Elimination Bracket Quarterfinals (five teams remain):
Huntington Valley 7, Encinitas National 4 (elim.)

Elimination Bracket Semifinal (four teams remain):
Corona National 14, Huntington Valley 4 (elim.)

Winner's Bracket Final:
Eastlake 10, Highland 3

Elimination Bracket Final (three teams remain):
Highland 13, Corona National 4 (elim.)

Championship Game:
Eastlake 15, Highland 5 (5 innings; TITLE)

Southern California Championship Series
Host - Long Beach (District 38)
At Stearns Champions Park

Stearns Champions Park is located at 4520 23rd Street in Long Beach.

Eastlake 6, Sherman Oaks Southern 3
Eastlake 5, Sherman Oaks Southern 0 (TITLE)


A visitor approaching Stearns Champions Park in Long Beach will immediately be drawn to a unique display built into the side of the press box behind home plate: a glass-encased tribute to Long Beach Little League's 1992 and 1993 Little League World Series championship teams. With trophies, championship flags, photos, newspaper clippings, and other memorabilia -- even one of the Troll dolls that served as Long Beach's talisman is represented -- the display is a fitting tribute to a pair of teams that achieved the rare heights of consecutive championships in South Williamsport.

Stearns Champions Park was the site of the 2013 Southern California divisional championship series, and Long Beach played host to what was a rarity in the 2013 international tournament. Eastlake Little League from Chula Vista shut down a potent Sherman Oaks Southern Little League offense, allowing just a single unearned run over the final eleven innings of play, and swept to a pair of victories and the league's first-ever Southern California championship.

Eastlake broke away from an early 2-2 deadlock in the series opener, riding a two-run homer from Micah Wiggs and stellar relief pitching by lefthander Giancarlo Cortez to a 6-3 victory. The next day, righthander Nick Mora homered and twirled a three-hit shutout over five innings as Eastlake blanked their District 40 foes, 5-0.

The sweep vaulted Eastlake into the West Region tournament, and extended an international tournament run that eventually culminated in Eastlake winning the United States championship.

"Eastlake was just outstanding," said Sherman Oaks manager Chris Dollard. "Their pitching was great and just so consistent, and our hitters were just stumped. It's by far the best pitching we've faced."

Sherman Oaks' hitters were not stumped often in the international tournament -- the District 40 winners had homered at least once in every tournament game prior to the SoCal championship series, and cleared the fences five times in their North Sub-Divisional championship game win just prior to the series with Eastlake. But only one of Sherman Oaks' twelve hits in the two games against Eastlake went for extra bases.

Eastlake and Sherman Oaks Southern each plated two runs in the first inning of their series opener. Jake Espinosa sparked Eastlake's rally in the top of the inning with a one-out single, and after a second out, three consecutive walks forced in the game's first run. Rennard Williams then legged out an infield hit that scored Mora before Sherman Oaks escaped the jam.

Sherman Oaks got the runs back in the bottom of the inning, when Tyler Cox and Noah Taylor singled, and Stephen Richardson followed with a two-run single to right.

Eastlake manager Rick Tibbett then took a calculated gamble, and with the score tied, replaced Grant Holman, his top pitcher, as he crossed the 35-pitch mark two batters into the second inning. Tibbett wanted his ace eligible to pitch in a potential third game in the series, and turned the ball over to Cortez. The burly lefthander struck out ten over the remaining 4-2/3 innings, scattering six hits and not allowing a run until the final inning, when Eastlake had built a 6-2 lead.

"He was hitting his spots, and his off-speed pitches were working for him," said Dollard of the Eastlake reliever.

While Cortez stymied the Sherman Oaks offense, Eastlake's hitters showcased a disciplined, selective approach against a trio of Sherman Oaks pitchers. Eastlake's hitters drove pitch counts up by working deep into the count, with 15 of 32 batters extending their at-bats to four or more pitches. Eastlake tallied just eleven swinging strikes in the game.

Eastlake's patience was on display as the team took a 4-2 lead in the fourth. Ninth-place hitter Michael Gains worked a full count before walking, and Wiggs then looked at a pair of strikes and fouled a pitch off before lining a fastball over the center field fence.

Sherman Oaks loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning, but Cortez recorded a pair of called third strikes to escape the threat, and his team added two runs in the sixth when Espinosa grounded a run-scoring double to the right center field fence and later scored on a wild pitch.

The next day, Mora allowed just one Sherman Oaks baserunner past first base, and also launched a hanging breaking ball well beyond the center field fence for the game's first two runs. Cortez followed immediately with a solo shot, and Wiggs added a two-run homer in the fourth.

Sherman Oaks Southern managed no hits against Mora after a leadoff single in the third, and only hit one ball out of the infield after that point in the game.

"Everything's clicking right now -- the hitting, the pitching, we're playing together," said Tibbett, the Eastlake manager. "I don't think we made more than a couple of errors in our first eleven games."

Eastlake's path to the championship series included a pair of critical wins over Rancho San Diego Little League in the Section 7 tournament. Eastlake had lost twice to Rancho San Diego in the sectional for the 10-11 year old age division in 2012, but with many of the same players taking the field in 2013, Eastlake overwhelmed their opponent by a 10-0 margin in the winner's bracket final, and then rallied for an 11-8 win in the championship game.

The wins moved Eastlake into the South Sub-Divisional tournament, where the District 42 champions rolled to four victories. Eastlake opened with a 10-6 victory over Huntington Valley Little League -- Wiggs, Holman, Cortez, and Williams all homered in the win -- and then rallied from an early five-run deficit to top homestanding Corona National Little League, 12-8.

"Corona National made us work hard to win this game," said Tibbett. "We were down 6-1 after three innings, but in the fourth inning we came back to score nine runs to take the lead for good."

Eastlake followed those wins with a pair of triumphs over Highland Little League. First, Holman struck out thirteen hitters over 5-1/3 innings, and Eastlake hit a pair of home runs in a 10-3 victory, and two days later, Eastlake subdued the same team, 15-5 in five innings. Eastlake capitalized on three errors to build an early 4-0 advantage in the winner's bracket final meeting, then Cortez added a solo home run -- his third homer in two games -- and Holman broke things open with a grand slam in the fourth.

After Highland upended Corona National to reach the South Sub-Divisional championship game, Mora (grand slam in the second) and Wiggs (three-run shot in the third) paced the potent Eastlake offense as it moved into the divisional finals.

"When we started this (district competition in June), I knew we would run into them at some point," said Highland manager Mike Carpentier, whose son played on a travel team with three Eastlake players.

"We knew how good (Highland) were," said Tibbett of his championship game foe. Highland had reached the South Sub-Divisional championship game for the second consecutive year. "So that's why we had our number one (Holman) go on Monday."

Sherman Oaks also swept its way into the Southern California championship series, winning seven consecutive games in district and sectional play before dispatching three opponents in the North Sub-Divisional tournament. After opening the subdivisional with an 11-6 victory over LaVerne Little League, Sherman Oaks topped a familiar opponent when they edged Tustin Eastern Little League, 5-4. Tustin had defeated Sherman Oaks in the North Sub-Divisional championship game in the 9-10 year old division in 2011, before Sherman Oaks returned the favor in the 10-11 year old division in 2012 en route to winning the SoCal championship. This time, Taylor held the Orange County team hitless through four innings as Sherman Oaks built a 5-0 lead thanks in part to home runs by R.J. Schreck and Jake Robbins. Tustin narrowed the gap when Sean McLean and Ketch Gannon cleared the fences in the fifth, but Richardson struck out the side in the sixth to preserve Sherman Oaks' win.

The win moved Sherman Oaks' players into the North Sub-Divisional title game for the third consecutive summer, but their opponent would be new: Santa Maria Southside Little League rebounded from an opening round loss to Tustin Eastern with three consecutive wins, including a 9-5 decision over Tustin, to emerge from the bottom bracket. Santa Maria pressed Sherman Oaks to the limit, and the two teams combined for seven home runs in the game. The last of these was decisive, as Sherman Oaks' Ryan Dollard belted a walkoff three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning to give his team an 11-9 victory. Nick Martin and Ryan Dollard gave Sherman Oaks an early lead with first inning blasts, and pinch hitter Noah Gilder followed suit in the third. But Trevor Garcia's three-run blast in the third and Jaden LyBurtus' grand slam in the fourth gave Santa Maria a brief lead. Taylor launched a solo shot in the bottom of the fifth that drew Sherman Oaks level and ultimately forced extra innings, before Ryan Dollard's heroics ended the game in the seventh.

The win moved Sherman Oaks into its duel with Eastlake, and the Chula Vista team's pitching proved to be too strong for its Northern foe. Eastlake went on to blank Belmont-Redwood Shores Little League (Northern California), 9-0, in the West Region championship game in San Bernardino, California, and won four consecutive games to open the Little League World Series. The last of these, a 12-1 victory over Westport (Connecticut) Little League, gave Eastlake the United States championship. Eastlake finished as the Little League World Series runner-up following a 6-4 championship game defeat against Musashi Fuchu Little League (Tokyo, Japan).

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  North Sub-Divisional Championship Game 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Sherman Oaks Southern 0 0 3 5 0 0 1 9 - -
Santa Maria Southside 5 1 1 1 0 0 3 11 - -
  South Sub-Divisional Championship Game
Highland 0 3 1 1 0 5 - -
Eastlake 2 5 3 2 3 15 - -
  Championship Series Game 1
Eastlake 2 0 0 2 0 2 6 6 2
Sherman Oaks Southern 2 0 0 0 0 1 3 9 0
  Championship Series Game 2
Sherman Oaks Southern 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Eastlake 3 0 0 2 0 x 5 7 1

2013 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 - Santa Maria Southside

Section 1 Tournament
Host - Santa Paula (District 63)
At Richard C. Ruiz Field

Tournament Results:
1 - Santa Maria Southside 12, Moorpark 3
2 - Santa Maria Southside 18, Goleta Valley South 16 (7 innings)
3 - Goleta Valley South 9, Moorpark 7 (elim.)
4 - Santa Maria Southside 7, Goleta Valley South 3 (TITLE)

D16 - Burbank
D17 - East Altadena
D40 - Sherman Oaks Southern
D51 - Quartz Hill #1

Section 2 Tournament
Host - Crescenta Valley (Montrose) (District 16)
At Montrose Community Park

Tournament Results:
1 - Sherman Oaks Southern 13, Quartz Hill #1 3
2 - Burbank 11, East Altadena 6
3 - Quartz Hill #1 11, East Altadena 1 (elim.)
4 - Sherman Oaks Southern 11, Burbank 5
5 - Burbank 14, Quartz Hill 6 (elim.)
6 - Sherman Oaks Southern 8, Burbank 0 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 3
District Champions
in Section 4
D18 - South Pasadena
D19 - Azusa National
D20 - La Verne
D23 - Chino National

Section 3 Tournament
Host - Ontario Western (District 23)
At Homer Briggs Park

Tournament Schedule/Results:
1 - LaVerne 5, Azusa National 0
2 - South Pasadena 10, Chino National 8
3 - Azusa National 7, Chino National 4 (elim.)
4 - LaVerne 10, South Pasadena 0 (4 innings)
5 - Azusa National 19, South Pasadena 2 (elim.)
6 - Azusa National 7, LaVerne 6
7 - LaVerne 3, Azusa National 2 (TITLE)

D25 - Ladera
D27 - San Pedro Eastview
D36 - El Segundo
D37 - Del Rey American (Playa del Rey)

Section 4 Tournament
Host - Torrance (District 27)

Tournament Results:
1 - Ladera 12, Del Rey American 8
2 - San Pedro Eastview 11, El Segundo 4
3 - El Segundo 6, Del Rey American 0 (elim.)
4 - San Pedro Eastview 4, Ladera 1
5 - El Segundo 15, Ladera 12 (elim.)
6 - El Segundo 6, San Pedro Eastview 5
7 - San Pedro Eastview d. El Segundo (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 5
District Champions
in Section 6
D29 - La Mirada
D30 - Tustin Eastern
D38 - Long Beach
D56 - East Yorba Linda

Section 5 Tournament
Host - Long Beach (District 38)
At Murphy Field; Stearns Champions Park

Tournament Results:
1 - Tustin Eastern 13, La Mirada 2
2 - East Yorba Linda 12, Long Beach 2
3 - La Mirada 11, Long Beach 6 (elim.)
4 - Tustin Eastern 16, East Yorba Linda 10
5 - La Mirada 8, East Yorba Linda 7 (elim.)
6 - Tustin Eastern 16, La Mirada 6 (4 innings; TITLE)

D31 - Encinitas National
D33 - Mission Trails (San Diego)
D70 - Oceanside National

Section 6 Tournament
Host - Clairemont Hilltoppers (District 32)

Tournament Schedule/Results:
1 - Oceanside National 14, Mission Trails 1 (4 innings)
2 - Oceanside National 15, Encinitas National 5
3 - Encinitas National 6, Mission Trails 5 (elim.)
4 - Encinitas National 2, Oceanside National 1
5 - Encinitas National 12, Oceanside National 5 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 7
District Champions
in Section 8
D22 - Brawley
D41 - Rancho San Diego (El Cajon)
D42 - Eastlake (Chula Vista)
D66 - Twin Hills (San Diego)

Section 7 Tournament
Host - Spring Valley (District 66)

Tournament Results:
1 - Eastlake 13, Twin Hills 0
2 - Rancho San Diego 4, Brawley 1
3 - Brawley 9, Twin Hills 1 (elim.)
4 - Eastlake 10, Rancho San Diego 0
5 - Rancho San Diego 15, Brawley 1 (elim.)
6 - Eastlake 11, Rancho San Diego 8 (TITLE)

D21 - Ken Hubbs Memorial (Colton)
D43 - Highland
D49 - Barstow Baseball
D71 - Vineyard (Rancho Cucamonga)

Section 8 Tournament
Host - Rialto Eastern (District 21)
At Frisbie Park

Tournament Results:
1 - Highland 21, Vineyard 4
2 - Ken Hubbs Memorial 13, Barstow Baseball 4
3 - Vineyard 10, Barstow Baseball 0 (4 innings; elim.)
4 - Highland 19, Ken Hubbs Memorial 0
5 - Vineyard 8, Ken Hubbs Memorial 7 (7 innings; elim.)
6 - Highland 21, Vineyard 3 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 9
District Champions
in Section 10
D24 - Arlington (Riverside)
D28 - Temescal Valley (Corona)
D58 - Yucaipa Valley American
D72 - Corona National

Section 9 Tournament
Host - Corona National (District 72)
At Floyd Bailey Field; El Cerrito Sports Park

Tournament Results:
1 - Arlington 11, Temescal Valley 0 (4 innings)
2 - Corona National 16, Yucaipa Valley American 2
3 - Temescal Valley d. Yucaipa Valley American (elim.)
4 - Corona National 11, Arlington 1
5 - Arlington 6, Temescal Valley 3 (elim.)
6 - Arlington 3, Corona National 2
7 - Corona National 6, Arlington 5 (TITLE)

D46 - East Anaheim
D55 - Aliso Viejo
D62 - Huntington Valley (Huntington Beach)
D68 - Viejo (Mission Viejo)

Section 10 Tournament
Host - Loara (Anaheim) (District 46)
At Mojeska Park

Tournament Results:
1 - Huntington Valley 3, Viejo 1
2 - East Anaheim 8, Aliso Viejo 5
3 - Viejo 6, Aliso Viejo 3 (elim.)
4 - Huntington Valley 2, East Anaheim 1
5 - Viejo 8, East Anaheim 4 (elim.)
6 - Huntington Valley 10, Viejo 9 (TITLE)

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