Sixteen players from the Tri-Valley left yesterday for the Babe Ruth World Series to be in Murray, Utah.
The Tri-Valley Babe Ruth (TVBR) 13's won their district, state and regional championships to become the Pacific Southwest Regional Champions, now considered one of the top 10 teams of 13-year-old players in the nation.
The first round of the road to the World Series was the District tournament. TVBR went 3-1 defeating teams from Castro Valley and Hayward. The second round was the State tournament held in Alameda. TVBR went 4-0, defeating teams from Eureka, Oakland, Novato and Alameda and earning the title of Northern California Champion. The third round was the Pacific Southwest Regional tournament held in Eureka. TVBR went 4-0 earning the title of Regional Champion over teams representing Guam, Hawaii, California, Utah, Arizona and Nevada.
The championship games in Utah will be played in the 3,000 seat Ken Price Ballpark from Aug. 22-29. The first round of the tournament (known as 'pool play') has each team participating in four games. At the end of pool play on Aug. 26, the four bottom teams will go home and the remaining six will move on to the single elimination format on Aug. 27.
Semifinals are scheduled on Aug. 28 and the final championship game between the last two teams will be held on Aug. 29.
The 2009 TVBR 13-Year Old All Star Team includes:
Paul Pluschkell – Manager, Pleasanton
Ron Anderson – Coach, Pleasanton
Mike Piscotty – Coach, Pleasanton
Nick Allman, San Ramon
Ryan Anderson, Pleasanton
Jake Dronkers, Pleasanton
Vince Fernandez, Livermore
Kyle Franco, Livermore
David Gomez, Livermore
Logan Hobson, Dublin
Daniel Jackson, Pleasanton
Jack Moroney, Pleasanton
Sam Nathan, Pleasanton
Jacob Payne, Livermore
Austin Piscotty, Pleasanton
Bradley Pluschkell, Pleasanton
Noah Robbins, Livermore
Casey Soltis, Livermore
Josh Sprugasci, Livermore
This year marks the 20-year anniversary of Tri-Valley Babe Ruth, which began as San Ramon Babe Ruth in 1990 under the direction and leadership of Joe DeProspero. Through "Coach Joe's" efforts the program secured the once dilapidated ball field at Camp Parks as its home field. Tri-Valley Babe Ruth has earned national recognition with five World Series appearances and two World Series Championships in the past decade.