16 players, coaches in Murray, Utah for Babe Ruth World Series competition

Tri-Valley's 'top 10' team to start first round of games tomorrow

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.


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Posted by Mark Jenkins
a resident of Mohr Park
on Aug 21, 2009 at 10:13 pm

I am the webmaster for Tri-Valley Babe Ruth ( I will put a link on our website to the article, but I would like permission to copy & paste the text to our website for posterity.

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Posted by Brenda Dronkers
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Aug 24, 2009 at 8:45 am

A short update: TriValley won their first game last night in a shut-out 11-1!

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