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June 29, 2010 > UCN Padres win D45 Senior TOC

UCN Padres win D45 Senior TOC

By Biff Jones

Union City National Little League Padres (12-0) hooked up against Union City American Tigers (12-0) on Wednesday, June 13, at James Logan High School, home field of UCN. This was the championship game of the District 45 (Castro Valley, Hayward, San Leandro, San Lorenzo and Union City) Senior (15-16 year olds) Tournament of Champions.

Star of the game was Padres starting pitcher Justin Ruybal in only his second start of the season. All he did was pitch a complete-game shutout in his team's 4-0 victory. He gave up just four hits and only one walk while striking out four in his seven innings of work. In addition, he went 3-3 at the plate including a double.

Although Ruybal turned 15 years of age in May, he is considered only 14 under LL rules with May 1 being the cutoff date for establishing a player's age. When asked why he was not playing Juniors (13-14) he said, "I played Juniors last year and it was not challenging enough." With the victory, Ruybal is now 2-0 on the year.

Other leading hitters for UCN manager Eli Ramirez III's (or "Papa Smurf" as his players affectionately call him) club were second baseman Anthony Corrales, two singles and he reached base on a UCA error; catcher Alex Maldonado, a double and a single; and third baseman Gabriel Arias, a double in four at-bats.

Pitching for Tigers' manager Jaime Delgadillo was Jan Mark Bentiez who went five and a third innings before being relieved by shortstop Anthony Armijo as Bentiez's pitch count went over 90 (maximum for LL in the Senior age group is 95). Bentiez gave up nine hits, no walks and struck out five. Armijo came in and didn't allow a hit while walking one and punching out two. Third baseman Dimitri Castro had two of the four singles given up by Ruybal, while Bentiez and second baseman Bobby Spane had one each.

Ramirez and Delgadillo will probably meet two or three more times this year as they both will coach their league's Senior All-Star teams in D45 play. Delgadillo will have more players to add to his All-Star team and said he expects this year's team to be better than the one he coached last year. That team took Niles-Centerville of Fremont, last year's International Senior World Series runner-up, to extra innings in the "if necessary game" of the California Section 3 Tournament before losing 1-0 in 8 innings. Ramirez says his team is young, mostly 15-year-olds, and are probably a year away.

In other D45 TOC Championship games it was San Leandro over San Lorenzo American, 5-0, in 9-10 Minors; San Lorenzo American Shamrocks shut down San Lorenzo National Reds, 3-0, in Majors (11-12); and UCN out-slugged UCA, 14-11, in Juniors.

D45 All-Star action got underway on Saturday, June 26. Minors (9-10) scores: Treeview 11, Mt. Eden 8; San Leandro 10, San Lorenzo National 0; Castro Valley American 13, San Lorenzo American 6; Tennyson American 7, Ashland 4. In minors (10-11): Mt. Eden 17, Hayward West National 0; San Leandro 11, Tennyson American 0; UCA 8, SLZN 3. Majors: SLZN 13, SL 0; TA 7, Ashland 6; Castro Valley National 4, Treeview 1. In juniors: Ashland 7, SL 0; UCA 15, Treeview 7; SLZN 7, TA 0.

Section 3 for Big Leaguers (17-18) also got underway last Saturday at Granada LL in Livermore. It was D14 (Fremont and Newark) eking out a 3-2 win over D45; and Host D57 (San Ramon area) topped D52 (Redwood City area) 7-2. Two winners and two losers respectively of the first round games met on Sunday in the four-team double elimination tournament. Play will continue through June 29 or 30. Scores of Sunday and Monday games were unavailable at press time. Section 3 champion advances to the Division 2 (Nor Cal) Tournament next week.

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