The Northern California champion Pleasanton All-Star team lost in the semifinal round of the Intermediate 50/70 Baseball West Regional Tournament in Arizona this week, narrowly missing out on qualifying for the international 2015 Little League Intermediate World Series in Livermore.
The Pleasanton boys earned the NorCal division title earlier this month in Chowchilla with a 15-4 win over the Sacramento-area Sunrise Little League, giving them a berth in the West Regional for a shot at the World Series.
The regional tournament, held in Nogales, Ariz., featured 10 teams from Western states separated into two pools for round-robin play.
Pleasanton dominated their four group games, defeating Alaska 4-2, Nevada 13-1, Idaho 12-0 and Phoenix, Ariz., 12-2.
The local team claimed the top seed in Pool B and advanced to a single-elimination semifinal against Everett, Wash., the No. 2 seed from Pool A.
Washington won the hard-fought semifinal 19-14 on Monday, ending Pleasanton's run.
The local boys were originally set to face Nevada in a third-place consolation game, but it was canceled because of weather. Hawaii defeated Washington 9-3 in a weather-delayed championship game Wednesday to advance to the World Series as the West Region's representative.
The Little League Intermediate World Series gets underway in Livermore this Sunday. It features U.S. teams from Central, East, Southeast, Southwest and West regions and international squads from South Korea (Asia-Pacific), Czech Republic (Europe-Africa), U.S. Virgin Islands (Latin America), Puerto Rico and Canada.
There's also a Tri-Valley team in the tournament. Danville won the World Series spot given to California District 57 as the event host.