July 5, 2011 > Mt. Eden Majors, UCA Minors playing solid ball
Mt. Eden Majors, UCA Minors playing solid ball
By Giovanni Albanese Jr.
Through the first week of play in the District 45 (Union City, Hayward, Castro Valley, San Leandro, San Lorenzo), a number of local clubs are still in prime position to claim the Little League Baseball All Star Tournament titles in the Major (11-13) and Minor (9-10 and 10-11) levels.
In the Majors, Mt. Eden Little League All Stars from Hayward remain unbeaten in the double-elimination tournament. They have advanced through three rounds, winning in a variety of ways. Opening up against Union City National Little League on June 25, the boys from Mt. Eden out-pitched those from UCN and advanced with a 1-0 win. In their next contest, a June 26 bout with Castro Valley National, the Mt. Eden bats woke up to the tune of eight runs in an 8-2 victory. And in round three, June 30 against San Lorenzo American, both the bats and pitching were on their A games, blowing out their opponent, 9-0.
Mt. Eden next will take on Castro Valley American on Thursday, July 7, 6 p.m. at Union City American Little League with the winner advancing to the D45 Major All Star Championship.
Both Treeview and Union City American won their first-round games of the Major All Stars Tournament before losing in the second round. Treeview had an opening round bye before advancing with a 7-0 win over Ashland Little League. Treeview was then sent to the losers bracket with a 2-1 loss to Castro Valley American. UCA beat Tennyson American 6-5 in the opening round before falling to San Lorenzo American 5-2 in the next round.
Tennyson American followed up its loss to UCA with a win over Union City National, 7-5. They will next play San Leandro in the second round of the losers bracket on July 5 with the winner to take on Treeview on July 8. Union City American, after its loss to San Lorenzo American, lost its losers bracket match to Castro Valley National, 16-0 and was eliminated from the tourney.
Because of the heavy participation at the young age of the Minors level, the All Star tournaments are broken into two separate age groups, 9-10 and 10-11. In the 9-10 age group, no local club remains in the winners bracket, but a number are still alive in the losers bracket. In the 10-11 age group, Union City American remains unbeaten, while UCN, Treeview and Hayward West National are still hanging on in the losers bracket.
Both Union City teams made it to the winners bracket semifinals before falling. UCN received a first-round bye before beating Ashland -- who advanced after clubbing Hayward West National 21-3 in the opening round -- 12-9. UCN was upended by Castro Valley American 6-1 in the next game, dropping to the losers bracket.
Union City American took out Treeview 19-2 and Mt. Eden 9-8 in its first two games to advance to the winners bracket semifinals before being sent to the losers bracket with a 25-0 loss to San Lorenzo American. San Lorenzo American got to that point by beating Tennyson American (a 8-7 winner over Castro Valley National in the first round) by an 18-1 margin.
UCN awaits the winner of the Treeview-San Lorenzo National winner; UCA, on the other side of the losers bracket, is waiting to take on the winner of San Leandro and Mt. Eden. Both elimination games are on July 5 before Union City teams take on the winners July 8.
Union City American Minors 10-11 has won three games to advance to the D45 Minors 10-11 All Star Tournament. On June 25, UCA topped Treeview 11-1 before going on to shutout Mt. Eden 10-0 on June 26. Against rival Union City National, UCA had a tough time, but edged out their foe in a 2-1 pitchers' duel to advance to the winners bracket final, where they'll take on San Leandro July 7 at 6 p.m. on the Tennyson American Little League field.
Union City National, before being sent to the losers bracket, sent Tennyson American there with a 6-5 win on June 25. Tennyson American was eliminated two days later with a 6-4 loss to Treeview. Treeview next will take on Castro Valley American looking to stay alive in losers bracket play. Game time is 6 p.m. on July 5, with the winner to take on Union City National on July 8.
On the other side of the losers bracket, Hayward West National remains alive after they beat Mt. Eden 5-2 in the first round of the losers bracket on June 27. Hayward West National will next meet up with San Lorenzo American on July 5, with the winner to take on Castro Valley National.
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