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Junior 80s' Cardinals make history with win Junior 80s' Cardinals make history with win (July 01, 2005)

Reach championship play after winning streak

by Jeb Bing

The Pleasanton Foothill Little League Junior 80's Cardinals became the first Junior team in the league's history to reach the championship game, defeating the Dublin A's 7-1.

The Cardinals continued a winning streak that began in the first week of May, totaling 13 consecutive wins. In a league of 13 and 14 year old players, the Cardinals were represented by nine 13-year olds and four who are 14. Coach John Pipkin said the strength of these younger players will "make for a strong 2006 team."

Four of the Cardinals - Darrin DeSilva, Sam Vanderbilt, Colin Pipkin and Gabe Maloney - will be representing PFLL in the All-Star tournament.
American A's take Dublin in 2nd TOC round

The Pleasanton American A's defeated the Dublin National Cardinals in the second round of the Little League District 57 Tournament of Champions by a score of 9-3.

According to Coach Mike Duarte, the A's were led by the superb pitching of ace hurler Justin Bolen. Bolen pitched his first complete game of the season as he held the Cards to three runs and seven hits, and he struck out 12 Redbirds. The A's defense only committed one error of the day with a key highlight occurring when A's star catcher Jacob Otten gunned down a base stealer in the first inning to end a Cardinal rally.

The A's offense collected 10 hits on the afternoon and swiped eight bases. In the A's first, leadoff hitter Tiago Abreu singled up the middle. With one out, Bolen singled and both runners completed a double steal, putting runners on second and third bases. A's first baseman Matt Duarte then lined a two-out single to left field, knocking in both runners. The A's scored another run in the second inning when Joe Lond walked San Ramon loses to American A's in semi-finals

Advancing toward the championship, the A's defeated San Ramon National by a score of 13-6, before playing to the Pleasanton Foothill Cardinals in the championship game.

The A's jumped out to an early lead as they scored six runs in the top of the first. Tiago Abreu and Justin Silva began the inning with back to back singles. A's shortstop Justin Bolen then followed with a triple in the left centerfield gap. A's catcher Jacob Otten singled up the middle, plating Bolen. The A's Paul Martin pounded a one-out double later in the inning to score another run for the A's and Joe London knocked in one more run with a hard single to right field. In the second inning, Silva had a two-out single and he stole second and third base back to back. He then scored on a passed ball. In the third, Otten led off with a walk and he stole two bases. He later scored on London's sacrifice
Soccer coaching camp starts Aug. 8

The internationally recognized Coerver Coaching Camp comes to Pleasanton Monday, August 8 through Friday, August 12.

The camp program is open to the public as well as all surrounding towns and focuses on player development for the competitive player.

For more information on these camps, contact Ballistic United at (925) 463-6313 or visit its Web site at to register.
Aqua Challenge set for Lake Del Valle

An open-water swim event will be offered for all levels at On Your Mark Events' 7th Annual Aqua Challenge, scheduled for Saturday, July 23 at Lake Del Valle.

The Aqua Challenge features 2-mile, 1-mile, and other distance events, All courses are accurately set via GPS and are marked by buoys. Certified lifeguards will monitor all three courses. Water temperature is expected to be about 72 degrees.

The entry fee to all three Aqua Challenge competitions is $25.00 advance and $30.00 race day.

For more information, contact On Your Mark Events at its Web site at or call 209-795-7832.

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