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Repetition or redemption on tap for District 16 All-Star baseball tournament

Baseball: Crescenta Valley looks to repeat in two divisions this year against a host of worthy competitors.

June 29, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com

For everyone involved, the Little League District 16 All-Star baseball tournaments represent a chance at repetition or redemption.

Four divisions — 9-10, 10-11, Major and Junior — will open July 4 and 5. All four winners in the double-elimination format will move on to the Section 2 Tournament and look to keep their all-star seasons going as long as possible.

"The district level will be very competitive in both baseball and softball," District 16 volunteer administrator Scott Moro said. "There are very good teams in all the categories. …Leading into the sections, there's lots of strong representation on both sides of the ball, as baseball and softball are concerned."

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One district champion has already been crowned, as Burbank won the new 50/70 division over Crescenta Valley, as the tournament took place Sunday and Monday. Burbank begins the Section 2 Tournament against host Canyon Country Saturday at 9 a.m.

Crescenta Valley has the chance to repeat in the 9-10 and Major brackets, while Burbank will also look to win the Junior tournament for the second year in a row. When it comes to those looking for vindication, the CV 10-11 and Junior squads are looking to erase bitter memories created from championship losses in 2012.

Of course, Crescenta Valley and Burbank will have plenty of stiff competition on hand looking to end their seasons early. They'll have to battle through worthy local contenders in teams from Foothill, Vaquero and Jewel-City/Jewish War Veteran leagues.

"Every year, you're always going up against a better team," Moro said. "There's always going to be somebody out there that might be better than you."

Competition may prove to be most fierce in the 9-10, 10-11 and Junior tournaments, as there are four teams in each division.

Crescenta Valley will start its 9-10 title defense with a first-round game with Tujunga July 5 at 5 p.m. at Babe Herman Field. Burbank, which fell to CV in the final round in 2012, and Foothill take the field the same day at 5:30 p.m.

At Montrose Park, Crescenta Valley and Foothill-Jewel City/Jewish War Veteran open the 10-11 tournament July 5 at 5 p.m. Burbank-Tujunga and Vaquero will square off at 7:30 p.m.

"This is the showcase age group, the one that gets to move on and compete in the Little League World Series and be on TV, so everyone really wants to win at this level," Burbank-Tujunga Coach Thomas Magoon said.

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