After representing the Tri-Valley in the inaugural Intermediate Little league World Series (LLWS) last year for 13-year olds, the boys from Pleasanton are back at it, as they look to qualify for the Junior level LLWS for 14-year olds in Troy, Michigan this year.
Getting through their District, the team from Pleasanton relied on great pitching from Mitch Benson, Anthony Steller-Harter, and Trevor Wallace to shut down their opponents in their three District level games. In the finals, they were able to hold off a tough San Ramon team on the strength of five home runs from five different players (Justin Lavell, Anthony Steller-Harter, Jack Sanderson, Nate Lau, and Mitch Benson) and qualify for the Sectional tournament.
Getting through the tournament is no easy feat, as District 57 is widely considered one of the toughest Little League Districts in the country, comprised of teams from San Ramon, Danville, Pleasanton, Dublin, and Livermore. Winning this level sent them the the four-team Sectional tournament, comprised of District winners from Half Moon Bay, Fremont, and Hayward.
Once agin, the Ptown Blue team was able to rely on strong pitching, as well as timely hitting from Trevor Wallace, Jimmy Kaufman, Nate Lau, and Mitch Benson to take home another banner for Pleasanton. Winning Sectionals puts them in the Northern California Divisional finals tournament in Redding, California July 19-24. Being crowned Northern California champs would advance the team into the Western Regionals in Vancouver, Washington, where they would face-off in a field of 8 teams from the Western US that includes perennial powers Hawaii and Southern California.
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