The 14-year old boys from Pleasanton kept on their winning ways at the Northern California Division tournament this weekend in Redding, California.
The winner of the Division tournament represents Northern California in the Western Regional in Vancouver, WA. Teams from the seven sections in Northern California were represented in Redding: Pleasanton, Oakland, Porterville, Gridley, San Jose, Manteca, and Rocklin.
The Ptown Blue team jumped out quick in the sweltering Redding heat to beat Manteca (Spreckles Park) 6-1 in the opening game. Behind a strong pitching performance by fireballer Jimmy Kaufman, and big hitting from Kaufman and Quinn Brinnon, the team took the early lead and never looked back. The big hit came in the third inning, with the bases load when Trevor Bergman laced a sharp single to left that scored two, and gave the team a comforting 5-0 cushion. The team from Manteca wouldn’t go down without a fight though, as it took some spectacular defensive plays by John Harrington at second base in the fifth inning with the bases loaded, a diving catch on a low liner by Colin Dixon in left field, and a laser throw by catcher Quinn Brinnon to pick off a runner in the final inning to secure the win.
Sunday’s game against the team from San Jose, Branham Hills, was a nail biter. The Branham Hills pitcher had many of the boys off-balance, but Pleasanton was again able to score first, taking the lead in the third inning on strong hitting from Justin Lavell and Mitch Benson. Defense really ruled the day for Pleasanton on Sunday, as their pitchers (Trevor Wallace and Benson) were helped by four double plays in the game, including the game ender as Branham Hills was rallying in the 7th.
The team advances to the winners bracket final on Tuesday, where they’ll face a tough Rocklin team (Tri City). Game time is set for 5pm on Tuesday, with the winner advancing the championship game on Thursday, while the loser moves down the finals of the loser’s bracket.