Pleasanton Weekly

Sports - April 2, 2010

Sports

Pleasanton Seahawks honored with a prestigious recognition

The Pleasanton Seahawks (PLS) swim team recently achieved the USA Swimming Level 4 Club Recognition status. This is the highest recognition awarded to swim clubs by USA Swimming. Reflecting outstanding achievement in business/organizational success, parent/volunteer development, coach development/education and athlete development/performance, Level 4 Clubs must fulfill required standards within each category along with additional points necessary for this ranking.

Representing an elite group of clubs, the Pleasanton Seahawks is the only Pacific Swimming Club to have earned the Level 4 Recognition Award, one of only two clubs in California, and one of just six clubs in the Western U.S.

"The award is just another confirmation of our belief that we are an outstanding team within the USA Swimming and Pacific Swimming family," said PLS Head Coach, Steve Morsilli. "It takes organizational and performance excellence to qualify for Level 4, so it's a positive reflection on the administration and the coaches and athletes."

In addition to the Level 4 Recognition, PLS earned the 2010 Silver Medal Club for the ninth year in a row as part of the USA Swimming Excellence Program, ranking the Seahawks as one of the top 30 Clubs in the United States.

BUSC U12 Elite beats TV Bayern

Ballistic United U12 Elite recently battled the TriValley Bayern at Val Vista and came out on top with a score of 3-2.

Ballistic U12 D1 Elite got off to a great start of the newly-introduced spring season thanks to goals by Blake Tucker, Garrett Howell and Michael Leonard. The first half saw United take the lead less than five minutes into the game thanks to some quick footwork by Tucker. Tri-Valley equalized soon after in what was to become a fairly even match. Elite's lead was restored after a fantastic finish by Howell late into the first half. After the break, Tri-Valley came back in to the game thanks to a lucky long kick that lobbed itself into the net. However some outstanding goalkeeping by Jared Wilson and excellent defending by Colin Ritchie and Griffen Chinn kept Tri-Valley from getting on the score sheet again. Elite sealed their victory after a cross was put away by Michael Leonard in the dying minutes of the game.

First homer for new fields

In a game of A's v. Angels of the Pleasanton Foothill Little League, it was another first for Pleasanton's new baseball complex at the Bernal Fields: a home run. It could not have happened in a more dramatic fashion. The Athletics and Angels squared on Saturday in a classic pitcher's dual. With the Angels ahead 3-2 in the bottom of the sixth with two out, Shaun Kienhofer hit a blast for the ages to tie the game at 3-3. The ball not only traveled the necessary 225 feet, but also cleared the 25-foot fence in right center field. The Athletics later won the game when Justin Lavell led off the seventh with a walk, took second on a base hit by Joshua Lim, stole third and then scored on an infield single by Daniel Mubarak. The Athletics' pitching was anchored by Kienhofer, Nate Gipson and Jeffrey Deguchi. There was some great defense in the game, particularly a double play started by left fielder Nick Dauskurdas.

Padres defeat Cardinals in a tough battle on the diamond

In PFLL AA play, the Cardinals met the Padres on Friday night under the lights at Bernal field. The Cards came out strong to start the game and took the lead early with a hit by Trevor Krysler that resulted in an RBI bringing home Demetre Aaron. In the fourth inning, Nick Palange hit a single. Brett Davis' triple to right field brought home Palange, and Joshua Robinson's walk brought home Davis.

Defensively the Cardinals were able to hold the Padres off for the first half of the game. Davis' pitching shut down the Padres offense allowing no hits and only one walk in the first three innings. Jack Kost fielded the ball nicely, throwing to Krysler at first base for an out. Aaron also made an out at first. The Cardinals played hard, but the Padres pulled out the win in the end with a 6-3 victory.

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