Sonoma all-stars 15s, 14s start Babe Ruth state play
NorCal tourneys open tomorrow in Elk Grove, Woodland
The Babe Ruth Baseball District 2 champion Sonoma 15-year-old all-stars – with third-baseman Richie Nunez attempting to make a diving grab during last weekend’s district tournament at Arnold Field – begin play in the NorCal State championships in Elk Grove tomorrow, Saturday, July 16.
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On the heels of sweeping three games each en route to capturing last weekend’s Babe Ruth Baseball District 2 all-star double-elimination tournament titles, the Sonoma Valley 15- and 14-year-old all-star teams will now face the other district champions in the challenging NorCal State tournaments.
At Bartholomew Sports Park in Elk Grove, Sonoma’s all-star 15s – who claimed the District 2 crown with wins over Ukiah and Novato, twice – open the NorCal State championships against District 7 at 10 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, July 16.
If Sonoma is victorious in Saturday’s opener, it will battle the first-round winner between District 3 and District 7-No. 2 at 4 p.m. this Sunday, July 17, while a tourney opening loss would drop the Valley stars into the loser’s bracket and a game against the loser of District 3 versus District 7-No. 2 at 10 a.m. on Sunday.
Comprising Sonoma’s 2011 District-2-champion 15-year-old Babe Ruth all-star team – directed by manager Joe Lunny and coaches Mario Alioto and Justin Garrett – are Vincent Albano, Andrew DeMartini, Jimmy Flatt, Miles Hagin, Cole Harper, Mitch Hood, Cordell Kenniston, Donnie Krause, John Murphy, Richard Nunez, Damian Sanchez, Max Schimm, Mike Stovall Garrett Walker and Robby Woodworth.
Sonoma’s 14-year-old all-stars – who won the District 2 title with victories over Novato, Ukiah and North Bay – will take on the District 1 champions in the opening round of the NorCal State tourney at Clark Field in Woodland at 1 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, July 16.
If the Sonoma all-star 14s prevail in Saturday’s opener, they will play the winner between District 3 and District 7 at 4 p.m. this Sunday, July 17, while a first-round loss will drop the Valley stars into the loser’s bracket and a game against the loser of the District 3 versus District 7 game this Sunday, July 17, at 10 a.m.
Comprising the 2011 Sonoma District-2-champion 14-year-old Babe Ruth all-star team – directed by manager Manny Alcantar and coaches Dean Bonfigli and Bennie Soto – are Jose Barios, Brett Bonfigli, Cole Cavalli, Ronnie Cotter, Magnus Forsythe, Devon Graff, Graham Herder, Shane Lounibos, Brendan Natuzzi, Zachary Parr, Lauren Simpson-Gomez, Jesse Summers, Zach Thompson, CJ Vitale and Ryan Wilbanks.