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Showdowns on tap for Palo Alto Babe Ruth baseball teams

 

Two of three Palo Alto Babe Ruth baseball teams will be in action on Tuesday night and there will be plenty at stake as their respective NorCal State tournaments wind up.

The Palo Alto 15s will host favored Tri-Valley at Baylands Athletic Center in a battle between the remaining undefeated teams at 8 p.m. A victory will put Palo Alto into Thursday's championship game.

A loss, however, means Palo Alto will play in the consolation finals on Wednesday at 7 p.m., needing a victory to earn a rematch with Tri-Valley.

In Ukiah, the Palo Alto 13s will play Tri-Valley in the championship game at 5:30 p.m. Should Palo Alto win, a second (challenge) game will follow with the winner advancing to the Regional tournament in Fresno on July 26-Aug. 4.

The Palo Alto 13s advanced to the finals with an 8-2 victory over Vallejo on Monday night. Eric Flores got the pitching win with a complete-game effort.

"We really needed a complete game from Eric, and he delivered," said Palo Alto manager Bob Budelli.

Budelli also got three hits and two RBI from Paul Thie and two hits plus two RBI from Dante Cacchione. Seven different Palo Alto players scored.

In Woodland, the Palo Alto 14s will be back in action Wednesday after defeating Vallejo on Monday, 4-3, at Clark Field. Palo Alto will face Novato at 5 p.m., with the winner advancing to the consolation finals on Thursday against the loser of Tri-Valley and Woodland.

The championship game will be Friday at 5 p.m., with the winner advancing to the Regional tournament in Riverton, Utah, on July 26-Aug. 4.

Palo Alto had just three hits in the win over Vallejo, but took advantage of five errors by the visiting team. Joshua Kasevich pitched a complete-game six-hitter to get the win while registering 18 first-pitch strikes.

Daniel Heimuli drove in two runs for Palo Alto, which had three players register two walks each.

2015 BABE RUTH NORCAL STATE TOURNAMENTS

13-15s at Baylands Athletic Center, Palo Alto

SATURDAY

Game 1 -- Mountain View 12, East Sacramento 4

Game 2 -- Tri-Valley 11, Vallejo 0

Game 3 -- Ukiah 5, Bel-Mateo 0

Game 4 -- Palo Alto 10, Oakland 0 (6 innings)

SUNDAY

Game 5 -- East Sacramento 4, Vallejo 3

Game 6 -- Oakland 12, Bel-Mateo 4

Game 7 -- Tri-Valley 5, Mountain View 0

Game 8 -- Palo Alto 5, Ukiah 3

MONDAY, July 13

Game 9 -- Ukiah 10, East Sacramento 5

Game 10 -- Mountain View 5, Oakland 1

TUESDAY, July 14

Game 11 -- Ukiah vs. Mountain View, 5 p.m.

Game 12 -- Tri-Valley vs. Palo Alto, 8 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, July 15

Game 13 -- Game 12 loser vs. Game 11 winner, 7 p.m.

THURSDAY, July 16

Game 14 -- Game 12 winner vs. Game 13 winner (championship), 5 p.m.

Game 15 -- Challenge game (if necessary) 30 minutes following end of first game

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14s at Clark Field, Woodland

SATURDAY

Game 1 -- Novato 10, Galt 0

Game 2 -- Tri-Valley 11, Palo Alto 1

Game 3 -- Vallejo wins by forfeit

Game 4 -- Woodland 8, Washington Manor 2

SUNDAY

Game 5 -- Palo Alto 10, Galt 0

Game 6 -- Washington Manor wins by forfeit

Game 7 -- Tri-Valley 11, Novato 2

Game 8 -- Woodland 13, Vallejo 4

MONDAY

Game 9 -- Palo Alto 4, Vallejo 3

Game 10 -- Novato 5, Washington Manor 1

WEDNESDAY, July 15

Game 11 -- Palo Alto vs. Novato, 5 p.m.

Game 12 -- Tri-Valley vs. Woodland, 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, July 16

Game 13 -- Game 11 winner vs. Game 12 loser, 6 p.m.

FRIDAY, July 17

Game 14 -- Game 12 winner vs. Game 13 winner (championship), 5 p.m.

Game 15 -- Challenge game (if necessary) 30 minutes following end of first game

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13s At Anton Stadium, Ukiah

FRIDAY

Game 1 -- Tri-Valley 9, Novato 1

Game 2 -- Vallejo 10, Oakland 0

Game 3 -- Palo Alto 11, Eureka 1

Game 4 -- Woodland 17, Ukiah 8

SATURDAY

Game 5 -- Oakland 9, Novato 4

Game 6 -- Eureka 3, Ukiah 2

Game 7 -- Tri-Valley 20, Vallejo 0

Game 8 -- Palo Alto 10, Woodland 0

SUNDAY

Game 9 -- Oakland 15, Woodland 5

Game 10 -- Vallejo 16, Eureka 1

Game 11 -- Tri-Valley 9, Palo Alto 2

MONDAY, July 13

Game 12 -- Vallejo d. Oakland

Game 13 -- Palo Alto 8, Vallejo 2

TUESDAY, July 14

Game 14 -- Palo Alto vs. Tri-Valley (championship), 5:30 p.m.

Game 15 -- Challenge game (if necessary) 30 minutes following end of first game

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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