Peninsula Little League Seniors battle, but fall before SoCal championship
by Scott Hopkins
Aug 07, 2013 | 2465 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Peninsula Senior League All-Star shortstop Chance Jimenez, ball in glove, prepares to tag out a baserunner from the East Anaheim All-Star team in a Sub-Division battle last week on David Wells Field.                                                                                                  
                                        Photo bu Scott Hopkins I The Beacon
Peninsula Senior League All-Star shortstop Chance Jimenez, ball in glove, prepares to tag out a baserunner from the East Anaheim All-Star team in a Sub-Division battle last week on David Wells Field.  Photo bu Scott Hopkins I The Beacon
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After winning two tournaments, a local Little League team saw its dreams end twice with just one run short of an opportunity to advance to the Southern California championship event in Ontario, Calif.

The Peninsula Little League Seniors were tied 3-3 going into the bottom of the seventh, and final, inning of their Subdivision III Seniors All-Star Tournament game against East Anaheim.

The situation became tense as East Anaheim put runners on base and bitter when East Anaheim ended the hard-fought contest with a walk-off single that plated the winning run in a 4-3 victory.

But the Peninsula Seniors, a group of 13-16 year-olds, recorded an impressive series of victories before being eliminated.

In the District 32 Tournament, Peninsula ended Clairemont Hilltoppers’ season with 5-3 and 7-0 victories to capture the banner.

Moving to the Section 6 Tournament, the locals sent the Patriot League All-Stars (District 33 champs) packing with 11-1 and 2-1 wins.

With District 32 and Section 6 banners in hand, Peninsula entered the Subdivision III Tournament, beginning July 20. The field also featured Spring Valley (Section 7 winner), Fontana Community (Section 8), Corona American (Section 9) and East Anaheim (Section 10). 

In their first game, Peninsula fell just short of victory in a classic struggle with Fontana Community in a 2-1 loss.

The loss sent Peninsula against East Anaheim, which then eliminated them.

The tournament champion was Spring Valley.

Several members of the Point Loma High varsity baseball team played on the Peninsula All-Star group, including Ryan Arnold, Joe Da Luz, Chance Jimenez, Cole Lemmel and Sean Robinson.

Peninsula Little League arranged to use Point Loma High’s David Wells Field to host the section, subdivision and division tournaments, which ran from June 28 to July 28.

In other Little League tournament action:

Point Loma Little League’s 9/10 year-old All-Stars won both District 32 and Section 6 but were also eliminated in the Subdivision III Tournament after an 11-6 loss to Ocean View. Eastlake won the event.

In the Section 6 tournament, they out-dueled Encinitas (District 31 winner), San Carlos (District 33) and Ranch Buena Vista (District 70). All games were played at Chollas View.

In the District 32 11-year-old All-Star Tournament, both Point Loma and Peninsula Little Leagues were entered. Point Loma was eliminated in a 9-4 loss to Rancho Penasquitos American and Peninsula was ousted in a 12-2 loss to Rancho Penasquitos National. Scripps Ranch National won while Coronado hosted.

The District 32 Intermediate All-Star Tournament saw Point Loma eliminated by Mira Mesa West in a 6-4 contest. The same team also sent Peninsula home by a 7-3 score. Coronado won and Mira Mesa hosted.

In District 32, juniors level All-Stars, Peninsula was sent home by Rancho Penasquitos after a 15-5 loss. Mira Mesa won the event they also hosted. 

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