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Summer of local thrills and titles

Plenty of area baseball and softball teams go on to win district and regional championships.

August 09, 2010|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com
  • The Crescenta Valley 9-10 Little League team won the District 16 All-Star Tournament.
The Crescenta Valley 9-10 Little League team won the District… (Roger Wilson, Glendale…)

GLENDALE — With the grind of having to play numerous games throughout an exhausting two-month stretch, many local Little League baseball and softball teams took to fields across the region and state in their quest to win championships.

With plenty of fine pitching and hitting performances, several teams went on to win District 16 championships and advance to the Section 2 Tournament. A softball team reached the Division III Tournament.

None of the area's Babe Ruth baseball squads were able to reach the World Series. The Arroyo Seco Saints, a Palomino baseball team featuring current and former St. Francis High players, advanced to the championship game of the Southern California Regional Championship and punched their ticket into the West Zone Regional in Compton.

The following is a recap of the area's Little League season:

BABE RUTH ALL-STARS

The La Crescenta 13-year-old squad opened the state tournament with a 15-3 win against Heartwell before suffering a 9-5 loss to El Segundo. La Crescenta was eliminated with a 7-5 loss against Torrance.

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The La Crescenta 14-year-old team advanced to the if-necessary championship game of the state tournament at Stengel Field. It started with a 13-2 win against Heartwell, but then dropped a 12-2 decision to eventual-champion Westchester. La Crescenta regrouped with a 3-2 win against Heartwell in an elimination game and then posted an 8-2 victory against Westchester in the championship contest. La Crescenta saw its season conclude with an 11-3 loss to Westchester in the if-necessary title game.

In the 15-year-old competition, La Crescenta staved off elimination twice before reaching the if-necessary championship contest against Torrance. La Crescenta picked up an 11-1 win against Simi Valley in an elimination game to reach the championship. In the championship contest, La Crescenta netted a 3-0 win before suffering a 4-0 loss to Torrance in the if-necessary game.

There were numerous local ties involving the 16-18 team that was based in the San Gabriel Valley, which was piloted by Crescenta Valley High Coach Phil Torres and featured several Crescenta Valley High athletes.

In the state tournament, San Gabriel Valley recorded an 8-5 win in a semifinal contest against North San Gabriel Valley at Arcadia High. It then cruised to a 9-0 win against North San Gabriel Valley in the championship tilt to advance to the Pacific Southwest Regional in Watsonville.

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