Section sagas begin today

Area baseball and softball squads look to advance further after clinching districts.

July 16, 2010|By Gabriel Rizk,
  • Camie Ellington of the CV 9-10 Softbakll All-Stars.
Camie Ellington of the CV 9-10 Softbakll All-Stars. (Raul Roa, Glendale…)

GLENDALE — It was a banner year for local baseball and softball Little League teams in the various 2010 District 16 All-Star Tournaments, evidenced by the large number of teams that will take part in Section 2 Tournaments across Southern California beginning today.

Four area All-Star baseball teams and three softball teams will battle the best squads from adjoining districts for the right to move on to the Division Tournaments.

Most of the aforementioned teams will begin their tournaments on Saturday, but Crescenta Valley 9-10 softball and Foothill 10-11 softball get underway today in Tehachapi and El Dorado, respectively.

"I don't know what's gonna happen out there in the desert," said Foothill Manager Tyson Howard, whose team defeated the CV All-Stars, 10-0, on Wednesday to reach the Section 2 Tournament, where it will open at 6 p.m. against the District 40 champion. "We'd like to win the section, that's the goal."


Last year's Foothill 9-10 team, which features many of the same players as Howard's current team, made it to final round of the sectionals, where it lost to Quartz Hill.

"We have a feeling we're gonna see Quartz Hill there in the final," said Howard, who will look for big games from players such as Alex Howard, Tiffany Bartamian and Jordan Lousararian. "Of course, we gotta do our part and get there."

The Art Gamez-coached CV 9-10 All-Stars, featuring Ally Lombardo, Jordan Hinkel and Camie Ellington, will take on the District 40 champion at 5:30 p.m. after reaching the sectionals via a 12-1 win over Tujunga on Saturday.

The other local softball team in the sectionals, the Crescenta Valley Junior All-Stars, will get started at 9 a.m. Saturday in Canyon Country against the District 51 winner. That squad, which is coached by Will Thayer, advanced behind an 18-8 win on Saturday over Burbank, in which Whitney Craig, Marissa Cornelius, Tiffany Briscoe and Kendall Heurkins all drove in runs.

"Our junior team looks very good," District 16 Commissioner Dave Ritchie said. "That [10-11] Foothill team is gonna be a force to be reckoned with, I think. They could go a long ways."

Saturday's baseball action will begin at 9 a.m. with the Crescenta Valley 10-11 squad taking on the District 40 champion in Encino.

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