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Day 6 Results and Boxscores

Game #14: Tri-Valley 10, Vallejo 0 (6 innings) - Boxscore
After suffering a 25-1 drubbing at the hands of Tri-Valley in their previous match-up, Vallejo came back looking sharp in the championship game behind the dynamic right arm of Jabari Jaymes, who set down the first six Tri-Valley hitters of the game. The Vallejo offense had a little more kick, as well, as Jaymes and Gemi Griffin each had one-out singles in the second inning, leaving them poised to take the lead. Tri-Valley's own righty, Sam Nathan, responded to the adversity by picking Griffin off first and striking out Clayton Zink to escape the threat. In the bottom of the third, Tri-Valley finally broke through against Jaymes, playing small-ball en route to a three-spot. Josh Sprugasci, who would finish the leading hitter of the tournament, drew a walk, Bradley Pluschkell reached on a fielders' choice that Sprugasci beat out at second base, and then Nathan reached on a bunt single when Vallejo failed to cover first base. With one out, Sprugasci scored on a wild pitch, and Ryan Anderson and Daniel Jackson drove in runs with a fielder's choice and groundout, respectively, to go ahead 3-0. Tri-Valley doubled their lead in the fourth, chasing Jaymes, when Austin Piscotty singled, and Cameron Santos and Sprugasci hit back-to-back triples that were misplayed in the outfield. Anthony Copp relieved and minimized the damage, inducing a sacrifice fly and nothing else, but it was only a matter of time before Tri-Valley's potent offense struck with a knockout punch. The fifth inning featured a Jackson triple and Ryan Meisenheimer sacrifice fly to make it 7-0, and Tri-Valley finished it in the sixth on a two-run single by Casey Soltis and a walk-off RBI single by Jackson to deep centerfield. On the mound, it was Nathan all the way, tossing a three-hit shutout, walking only two and striking out eight. For the State Tournament, Nathan was 2-0 across two starts and eleven shutout innings for the champions. With their victory, Tri-Valley advances to the Regional Tournament in Fowler, California looking to earn a spot in the Babe Ruth 13-15 Year-Old World Series. Congratulations to Tri-Valley for their dominant run this week, and congratulations to Vallejo for an excellent run of their own and representing themselves admirably as runner-ups.

Day 5 Results and Boxscores

Game #13: Vallejo 17, Sonoma 7 (6 innings) - Boxscore
Early on, it appeared that Sonoma had shaken off an residual effect from their run-rule loss to Vallejo on Day 2, and, after two innings, Sonoma held a 2-0 lead with starter Mike Stovall setting down the first six hitters in order. Vallejo, though, refused to fold and responded with seventeen runs in the final four innings to earn a spot in Thursday's championship game against Tri-Valley. In the third inning, Vallejo took advantage of three errors and RBI singles by Kameron Proctor, Brandon Dato, and Anthony Smernes to pull ahead 4-2. Then, after starting pitcher Jabari Jaymes held Sonoma at bay for the first time, they exploded again, scoring five runs, chasing Stovall, and making it 9-2. Maxwell Hampton had a big double, Clayton Zink and Daniel Johnson drove in runs with singles, and Proctor plated a pair with a hit of his own as Vallejo firmed its grasp on the game. Sonoma, as always, would not quit and mounted a rally in the fifth against reliever Rashaad Carney, riding back-to-back Max Schimm and Andrew DeMartini singles followed by Richie Nunez's two-run triple and Cole Harper's sacrifice fly to narrow the gap to 10-5. Sonoma's momentum would not endure beyond that half-inning, as Vallejo exploded one final time with seven runs on five hits, none bigger than Dato's two-run double to left that capped the scoring and left his squad poised for another run-rule victory. Sonoma scored twice in the sixth to make it 17-7 and nearly prolong the game, but Dato induced a groundout beautifully played by Gemi Griffin that did what Washington Manor and Palo Alto could not: eliminate Sonoma.

Day 4 Results and Boxscores

Game #11: Sonoma 5, Palo Alto 4 (8 innings) - Boxscore
Palo Alto took command early, as Erik Amundson set down Sonoma in order before his offense gave him a cushion with three in the first and one in the second, with the big hits coming off the bat of Alec Furrier, who drove in three runs in the first two innings. But Sonoma starter Jimmy Flatt settled down from there and shut down the opposition, going the rest of the way without allowing another run. Sonoma did not quit, though, and down 4-1 in the sixth, rallied to stave off elimination. Max Schimm walked before back-to-back singles by Andrew DeMartini and Miles Hagin, the latter of which was misplayed in the outfield for a 4-3 score. Amundson responded with a strikeout, but he walked Cole Harper to put runners on the corners for Flatt, who promptly put down a textbook suicide squeeze to tie the game. Going into extra innings, Richie Nunez reached on an error to start the inning and ended up on third after a Harper single and intentional walk to Flatt to load the bases. Reliever Michael Strong, who had been a force all game at shortstop, then looked poised to escape from the jam by recording two short flyouts, but newly-returned lead-off man Vince Albano worked a five-pitch walk to give Sonoma the lead. With Flatt out of innings and game one winning pitcher Mike Stovall injured, Sonoma turned to southpaw Robbie Woodworth and saw the lefty pitch around a lead-off walk to nail down the save and keep Sonoma alive for another day.

Game #12: Tri-Valley 25, Vallejo 1 (5 innings) - Boxscore
Tri-Valley, having put up 33 runs in their first two games, did not disappoint once again with yet another dominant outing. Brian Hsu struck out six over three scoreless innings, backing up an offense that collected nineteen hits and reached base 37 times in five innings. Among the many sterling performances, Josh Sprugasci had another pair of extra-base hits, David Gomez drove in four runs, Daniel Jackson had two run-scoring singles and scored four runs, Austin Piscotty had three hits and drove in four, and Ryan Meisenheimer was 3 for 3 with an RBI off the bench for the victors. Although Vallejo had a rough game, they did manage to end Tri-Valley's scoreless innings streak when a sharp RBI single by Anthony Smernes plated Daniel Johnson in the fourth inning to avoid the shutout. Tri-Valley now awaits the winner of Game #13 between Sonoma and Vallejo, one win away from a trip to the Regional Tournament in Fowler, California.

Day 3 Results and Boxscores

Game #9: Palo Alto 8, Elk Grove National 2 - Boxscore
Christian Kurtela spun a complete game four-hitter and back-to-back triples by James Foug and Kurtela in the top of the first set the tone for Palo Alto in a sharp 8-2 victory that eliminated Elk Grove National. Kurtela walked only one and struck out seven, needing only 85 pitches to cruise on the hill. At the plate, Foug, Kurtela, and Daniel Tachna-Farm had multi-hit games to pace an attack that had only seven hits but capitalized on seven Elk Grove errors. Chandler O'Brien and James Jacovetta each hit triples in third inning, but the Elk Grove offense was otherwise dominated by Kurtela and the impressive Palo Alto defense.

Game #10: Sonoma 10, Washington Manor 6 - Boxscore
Through four innings, both squads were in pitchers' duel mode, with Sonoma's Mitch Hood and Washington Manor's Nathan Reimer locked in a 1-0 game. In the fifth, though, Sonoma's offense erupted to turn a single-run deficit into an 8-1 cushion. Cole Harper started the frame with a deep double and then provided the crippling blow with a two-run single later in the inning. In between, Jack Murphy, Daniel Sanchez, Max Schimm, Mike Stovall, and Andrew DeMartini all had hits and scored in a dominant half-inning that took nearly as long as the previous four put together. Mitch Hood went the distance for victorious Sonoma, cruising through six innings with only 52 pitches, but Washington Manor would not go quietly. Putting up a four spot in the final half-inning, they rode a pinch-double by Marshall Frost, singles by DJ Souto and Chris Donahue, and a huge three-run triple by Johnathan Perez to shrink the deficit, but not enough to stave off elimination.

Actions Photos by Ralph Thompson!

If you are interested in purchasing any of the great action photos (like the one above), please visit Ralph Thompson's website. The link takes you to the gallery from Day One of the tournament and features some tremendous shots taken during a long, but exciting first day of baseball. You can order directly from the website when you find something you like.

Day 2 Results and Boxscores

Game #5: Elk Grove National 11, Woodland 6 - Boxscore
James Jacovetta tossed a complete game to earn the win and carry his team past their district-rival Woodland. Jacovetta also had two hits and three RBIs for an offense that tagged Woodland pitchers for nine runs in the first three innings to take control of the game. Chase Smith had three hits and Enrique Gonzales had another pair himself to pace a Woodland offense that churned out ten hits but could not take advantage of seven Elk Grove errors.

Game #6: Washington Manor 7, Elk Grove American 6 - Boxscore
Washington Manor rode timely hitting and aggressive base-running to eliminate the host time in a game that came down to the final pitch. Andy Ruano's two-run single in the first gave Washington Manor a lead, but Sam Richardson's triple and David Hollen's single delivered a tie. After holding only a small cushion, Manor's Joe Williams collected two base hits and then scored on daring dashes from third, one on a dropped third strike, the other on a well-played safety squeeze. In the bottom of the seventh, Elk Grove mounted a rally and had the bases loaded, but Nathan Reimer earned the save by inducing a weak pop out to end the game.

Game #7: Vallejo 19, Sonoma 4 (5 innings) - Boxscore
Vallejo opened the game with six consecutive hits and plated ten and nine runs, respectively, in the first and third innings to ride a twenty hit attack to victory over Sonoma. Kameron Proctor had four hits including a pair of triples, Anthony Smernes drove in five runs, and Jabari Jaymes was a two-way force, crushing a double and gargantuan triple while striking out seven in four innings without allowing an earned run. Sonoma's Andrew DeMartini had two hits, but it was far from enough to keep pace with a Vallejo starting lineup that, as a team, batted .690 in the game.

Game #8: Tri-Valley 10, Palo Alto 0 (6 innings) - Boxscore
Tri-Valley continued their surge in another three-facet clinic. Leading the way was Sam Nathan who pitched five shutout innings, allowing only a James Foug single while striking out nine, including eight in a row at one point. At the plate, Nathan also left his mark with a triple and double and three runs scored to pace a fifteen-hit attack that included multi-hit games by Casey Soltis, Daniel Jackson, Austin Piscotty, and Josh Sprugasci. Tri-Valley walked-off with a run-rule victory on an RBI single in the sixth by Brian Hsu.

Day 1 Results and Boxscores

Game #1: Sonoma 5, Woodland 2 (9 innings) - Boxscore
It was a pitcher's duel that went nine crisp innings. Damian Sanchez's clutch two-run single in the top of the ninth inning gave Sonoma the lead, backing up Mike Stovall's four shutout innings of relief. Enrique Gonzales kept Woodland in the game with a dominant seven inning start and a two-run double in the losing effort. The game was also notable for several outstanding defensive plays, including web gems in consecutive innings by second basemen Zach Sanders and Sanchez, the former of which is pictured above.

Game #2: Vallejo 12, Elk Grove National 7 - Boxscore
When Kyle Jacovetta hit a two-run single late for his fourth hit of the day, it looked like Elk Grove National might pull the upset riding the right-arm of starting pitcher Irvin Arellano. But Vallejo rallied in the bottom of the sixth inning, putting up nine runs in the frame on four hits, none bigger than Anthony Smernes' two-run single and Clayton Zink's two-run double to snatch the win away in resounding fashion.

Game #3: Palo Alto 21, Washington Manor 7 (8 innings) - Boxscore
In a wild game, Washington Manor was rolling until pitcher Ron Kelly injured his hand, opening the door for a potent Palo Alto offense to begin a back-and-forth contest. Down late, Manor's DJ Souto tied the game 10-10 in the sixth with a clutch single to center, eventually sending the game to extras...only to see Palo Alto put up eleven runs in the top of the eighth inning. James Foug had four hits and Alec Furrier drove in five runs in an eighteen-hit offensive explosion.

Game #4: Tri-Valley 23, Elk Grove American 0 (5 innings) - Boxscore
Tri-Valley made an extended first impression in the tournament by batting around TWICE in the top of the first, plating thirteen runs to crush Elk Grove American. Among a twenty hit attack was a two-run home run by Josh Sprugasci, a two-run triple by Daniel Jackson, and a pinch-hit two-run double by Ryan Meisenheimer. Brian Hsu, Austin Piscotty, and Bradley Pluschkell combined on a three-hit shutout, and Casey Soltis went 4 for 5. Ken Ganzler, Matt Pattison, and David Hollen had the hits for Elk Grove American in a game where highlights were few and far between.

Late Swing by Michael Steele - Now on Amazon!

As noted in the official 2011 NorCal State Tournament program, Michael Steele's first novel, Late Swing is available on Amazon.com or by clicking on this link via CreateSpace. If the author's name doesn't ring a bell, Michael Steele is an Elk Grove Babe Ruth board member and is the guy announcing, keeping score, and running this website for the tournament this week. The novel was written as part of National Novel Writing Month last November and, if you like reading, you might enjoy this story of family, sports, and friendship. All proceeds from the novel will go to supporting his now-sophomore AVID class at Franklin High School. The back-cover summary reads as follows:

A tale about three lives drawn together by the game of softball, LATE SWING is a story about family, grief, and compassion. JJ Shriner lost a part of his life with the passing of his softball-prodigy sister, Molly. Kinzie, Molly's pre-teen daughter, is herself a talent but struggling without her mother. Allison Piedra is the conflicted superstar of the local pro team searching for purpose of her own. Brought together, each finds his or her values challenged and outlook for the future shifted.