All-Stars Sobrero, Thacker Try to Lead Paradise to Another Title

By Jeff Larson
Posted: 06/24/2014 03:44:17 PM PDT

Paradise Little LeagueLess than two weeks ago, Bradley Sobrero and Cooper Thacker raised their first championship banner in five years as Little League players.

On Saturday the duo will begin their run for a second title as members of the Paradise Little League 11-12-year-old all-star team. PLL begins the District 47 pool A double elimination tournament against Chico Eastside at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Gridley LL. A win and Paradise is into the quarterfinals at 12:30 p.m. Sunday against Biggs/Richvale. If Paradise loses its opener, then it’ll play again in an elimination game at 6 p.m. Monday in Gridley.

In addition to Sobrero — who’s the cousin of Paradise High product and North Dakota State center fielder Alex Sobrero — and Thacker, the Paradise all-star roster includes Colby Cline, Trevor Rickson, Joey Beach, Trevor LeRossignol, Noel Waegner, Ben Brauer, Braiden Ferguson, Ethan Wells, Josh Alvies and Jackson Gatchet. Bradley’s father, Brad Sobrero will manage the group.

Paradise Minors to Receive Bye

The Paradise 9-10-year-old minors received a bye into the quarterfinals of the District 47 pool B tournament alongside host Chico Central, and will play the winner of Palermo and Chico Eastside Blue at 11:30 a.m. Sunday at the Chico Elks Lodge.

Palermo and Eastside Blue do battle at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Lodge.

A loss on Sunday drops Paradise into the elimination bracket, where it’ll play again at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 1 at Chico Elks Lodge against the loser of Orland and Gridley.

Chico Eastside won the tournament last year.

10-11 Year Olds Open Play Saturday

The run toward a district championship for the PLL 10-11-year-old team begins Saturday against defending champion Chico Central.

First pitch is set for 9:30 a.m. at Chico Eastside LL, with the winner to play Durham in the quarterfinals at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. The loser plays again at 6:30 p.m. July 2 at Chico Eastside.

Juniors Open Against Willows

The PLL 13-14-year-old junior all-stars will be at Lake Oroville on Saturday to play Willows beginning at 12:30 p.m. Should Paradise win it’ll meet Palermo in the quarterfinals scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Lake Oroville LL.

However, a loss drops Paradise into the elimination bracket where it won’t play till Monday against the loser of the quarterfinal featuring host Lake Oroville and the Chico Eastside-Gridley winner. First pitch begins at 6 p.m.

Gridley is the defending junior division champion.

Minors Travel to Orland

It all begins for the Paradise minor softball all-stars in Orland against Biggs/Richvale at 10 a.m. Saturday.

A win and Paradise is in the semifinals at 9 a.m. Sunday morning against either Orland, Chico Black or Palermo — the last two face off Friday night in a play-in game. Orland awaits the winner of Chico and Palermo for its opener set for 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

The other half features Chico against Lake Oroville and Durham versus defending champ Gridley.

Majors Open at Home Thursday

While the Paradise 11-12-year-old softball all-stars get the luxury of playing at home, their first-round matchup is a formidable one, drawing reigning district champion Chico in the opening round.

First pitch is set for 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Egleson Field on Buschmann Road in Paradise. The winner plays again at 10 a.m. Saturday against the winner of Durham and Orland in the semifinals. A loss and Paradise waits till 12:30 p.m. Saturday to play an elimination game.

Durham and Orland play at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Egleson Field.

Junior softball will not field an all-star team this year.

Paradise Little League Eliminated from District 47 Play

Chico Eastside to host Section 2 tournament this weekend

Posted: 07/08/2013 05:12:56 PM PDT

Friday night proved to be the end of the line for all the remaining Paradise Little League all-star baseball teams in their respective District 47 tournaments.

In the 9-10-year-old minor division, the Paradise Gold all-stars dropped their second consecutive game of the tournament to Willows, 18-2 in the elimination-bracket finale Friday night at Durham Community Park.

Willows, which fell to Paradise Gold (2-2) in the opening round of District 47 play last weekend, lost in the first game of the pool A finals to unbeaten Chico Central Black, 20-3.

Chico Central Black (4-0) and pool B winner Chico Eastside Red (4-0) begin the first game of a best-two-out-three pool championship series at 7 p.m. tonight in Durham.

The winner advances to the Section 2 tournament, which begins at 11 a.m. Sunday at Chico Eastside.

Paradise 10-11-year-olds finish 1-2

Paradise was eliminated from the 10-11-year-old division on Friday after it lost to host Chico Central, 13-3. Paradise finished the tournament 1-2, with its lone victory coming against Chico Westside, 16-3 last week. The lone teams left in the 10-11-year-old division are Chico Eastside and Chico Central, which will battle it out in the championship at 5:30 p.m. today at Chico Elks Lodge.

PLL juniors eliminated by Willows, 10-5

Willows proved to be the end of the road for the oldest PLL team in the District 47 tournament: The junior, 13-14-year-old all-stars lost an elimination game to Willows, 10-5 Friday night in Willows. Paradise completed the tournament with a 1-2 record; its lone victory occurring against Palermo, 16-7.

Paradise 9-10 Year-Old All-Stars Take Lumps, Fall to Lake Oroville, 6-5

Lake Oroville minors advance to Friday’s elimination-bracket finale

By Jeff Larson – Sports Editor
Posted: 07/04/2013 12:47:07 AM PDT

It’s common for 10-year-old boys to get injured quite a bit, especially when playing outside, but for Paradise Little Leaguer Stetson Morgan to take a baseball off his head and keep playing, speaks volumes to his toughness.

“He has ball lace marks on the top of his forehand,” Paradise manager Craig Wagner said.

Mere moments after Morgan caught a throw from his catcher with his head in the first inning of a minor, 9-10-year-old District 47 pool B elimination game against Lake Oroville Wednesday night at Chico Eastside, the 10-year-old shortstop just shook it off as a part of the game, Wagner recalled.

“Stetson’s just a gamer, he didn’t want to come out,” Wagner said, “but when you see the knot growing you got to pull him out because you never know he could have a swollen brain.”

Morgan didn’t stay out for long, as he came back as early as the third inning and collected two hits to help the Paradise Little League 9-10-year-old all-stars claw back from a six-run deficit and nearly shock Lake Oroville, before eventually falling 6-5 and getting eliminated from the tournament.

Lake Oroville (3-1) moves on to face Chico Westside (2-1) in the elimination-bracket final at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Chico Eastside LL.

Paradise (2-2) wasn’t cheated, Wagner said, as the team had chances all game, culminated by a short-lived rally in the bottom of the sixth inning. With two outs and trailing 6-5, Morgan delivered his second hit of the game through the rightside of the infield to bring Ashton Wagner to the plate as the potential winning run.

Unfortunately for Paradise fans, the two-hitter bounced out to the Lake Oroville shortstop for the third and final out, ending a run that started with an 8-3 victory over Biggs/Richvale in the opening round last weekend, and was kept alive with an 18-4 blowout of Chico Central Red in an elimination game earlier this week.

“Bottom of the sixth inning, home team we just needed a base hit and we got a base hit from Stetson,” Craig Wagner said. “We just couldn’t put it together.”

A good portion of Paradise’s misfortune in the sixth was directly related to the Lake Oroville pitching staff; three hurlers who combined to throw 11 strikeouts, culminated by six from reliever Ritter Steinmann.

Steinmann probably only saw time on the mound because Lake Oroville manager John Huffstetler decided to pull starter TJ Huffstetler out in the third inning to save him for Friday.

“We gambled,” John Huffstetler said.

It worked, largely because of the six-run cushion that Lake Oroville built through an inning-and-a-half. Lake Oroville jumped on Paradise in the top of the first when leadoff hitter Kyle Giovannoni reached first on a Paradise error. Two batters later, Sebastion Keck drove in Giovannoni, who is the son of Oroville High varsity baseball coach Rick Giovannoni, and Bryson Souza for an early 2-0 lead.

Lake Oroville added three more in the second – only one of which was earned – when Souza, the team’s Respect the Game winner, and Keck each drove home a run on a single and fielder’s choice, respectively, to push the lead to 6-0 entering the home half of the second inning.

Paradise wasn’t fazed at that point and scored five unanswered runs to pull within one with perhaps its most important player on base in the bottom of the sixth.

Morgan could have easily sat out the rest of Wednesday night’s game, but he toughed it out and gave Paradise a chance to win in the end.

“All these kids, they play with their heart, it was really fun coaching them,” Wagner said.

Baron was Paradise’s Respect the Game award winner, while Silas Carter, the team’s offensive leader going 3 for 3 with a solo home run, made just one out in four games this week, Wagner said.

Lake Oroville 6, Paradise 5

Lake Oroville 330 000 6 5 2
Paradise 013 010 5 8 3
Huffstetler, Souza, Steinmann (3) and Keck; Baron, Carter (2) and Wagner
Top hitters, LO, Keck 2×3, 2b, 2 rbis; P, Morgan 2×3; Carter 3×3, 2b, hr, 2 rbis, 3 runs; Baron 2×2, 2 2bs, 3 rbis

Paradise Green Minors Look to Avoid Elimination Tonight Against Lake Oroville

Game set for 6:30 p.m. at Chico Eastside LL

By Jeff Larson – Sports Editor
Posted: 07/03/2013 02:30:03 PM PDT

Later today amid the 100-plus degree heat around the North State, the Paradise Little League, 9-10-year-old Green all-star baseball team seeks its second consecutive elimination-game victory in the District 47 tournament against Lake Oroville.

First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. at Chico Eastside LL, which is located off the 99 highway just south of the Skyway in Chico.

Paradise Green (2-1) is coming off an 18-4 win over Chico Central Red on Monday. Meanwhile, Lake Oroville is also 2-1 coming into today’s match-up, with previous victories coming against crosstown rival Palermo, 12-2 on Monday and Chico Central Red, 17-1 last Saturday.

The other half of the 9-10-year-old bracket is currently controlled by Chico Central Black following Tuesday’s 18-1 win for Chico Central over previously unbeaten Paradise Gold at Durham Little League.

Paradise manager Thomas Harris feels confident that he’ll see Chico Central Black (3-0) again on Saturday in the pool A championship.

Harris’ squad drops into the elimination bracket to play the winner of Gridley and Willows at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Durham Community Park.

“That game is behind us, I’m going to come out with my ace pitchers and we are going to get the bats going again on Friday and hopefully see Chico again on Saturday,” Harris said in a telephone interview with The Post Wednesday.

Paradise (2-1) defeated Willows, 7-6 in the opening round last weekend.

Game one of the pool A championship is set for 10 a.m. Saturday at Durham Community Park. Game two, if necessary, will commence at 10 a.m. Sunday at Durham Community Park.

Paradise needs to beat Chico Central Black twice.

Paradise majors drop marathon game

Other Tuesday scores included the Paradise 11-12-year-olds losing a marathon game in an elimination setting to Gridley, 16-14 Tuesday night at Lake Oroville LL.

“We didn’t get out of there till almost midnight,” Paradise manager Brad Sobrero said.

The game didn’t begin, Sobrero said, until about 8:30 p.m. due to the incessant heat and pre-game warm ups and introductions.

Once things got underway, Sobrero said he has pleased with his team’s performance, especially at the plate. Baily Martindale led Paradise (1-2) with a 3 for 3 day with the bat, while Trevor Rickson received the Respect the Game award, which is given to a player from each team after every District 47 ballgame.

Paradise’s Trent Branson started and pitched four innings before giving way to Lleyton Rice for the final two, Sobrero said.

Gridley (2-1) will play Durham (2-1), which fell to undefeated Chico Eastside on Tuesday, in another elimination game at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Lake Oroville LL.

Paradise’s team in the 13-14 year old, junior division advanced Tuesday night with a 16-7 win over Palermo.

Paradise (1-1) will face Willows (0-1) at 5:30 p.m. Friday in Willows.

Paradise is also still alive in the 10-11-year-old bracket, after a 16-3 rout of Chico Westside Tuesday night at Chico Elks Lodge. Up next for PLL (1-1) is another elimination game against host Chico Central (1-1) at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Chico Elks Lodge.

Paradise 9-10-Year-Old Green All-Stars Roll Chico Central Red, 18-4

By Jeff Larson – Sports Editor
Posted: 07/03/2013 12:00:00 AM PDT

The Paradise Little League, 9-10-year-old Green all-stars, managed by Craig Wagner, throttled Chico Central Red, 18-4 in an elimination game Monday night at Chico Eastside LL.

The win puts PLL (2-1) into the elimination bracket semifinals, where it’ll take on Lake Oroville (1-1) at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Chico Eastside.

Paradise Green won its first-round game over Biggs, 8-3 on Saturday at Chico Eastside LL. The team stumbled in the next round against Chico Westside, 5-4.

The PLL 9-10-year-old Gold all-stars, the only undefeated Ridge team as of Monday, took on fellow unbeaten Chico Central Black (2-0) in the winner’s bracket pool A semifinals last night at Durham’s Community Park. For results, go to .

Paradise opened tourney play with wins over Willows, 7-6 and Chico Eastside Blue, 10-4 last weekend in Durham. Chico Central Black blistered Gridley, 19-1 in the opening round, and then followed that up with a 16-3 victory over Durham in the quarterfinals.

Chico Eastside won the 9-10-year-old division a year ago.

2 PLL teams to battle out of elimination bracket

The Paradise 10-11-year-old all-stars, managed by Troy Beach, are also fighting for their life at this point in the District 47 tournament. Beach’s squad squared off against Chico Westside last night at Chico Central LL.

The PLL junior all-star team looked to bounce back from Saturday’s opening-round loss in an elimination game against Palermo. The game took place last night and is available at later today.

If Paradise wins, it’ll advance into the elimination bracket semifinals, set for 5:30 p.m. Friday in Willows.

Thacker’s Bunch Starts Another Rally

Paradise Little League all-stars eliminate Lake Oroville, 9-8

By Jeff Larson – Sports Editor
Posted: 07/01/2013 10:57:37 PM PDT

Paradise Little League

Paradise 11-12-year-old Little Leaguer Colby Cline ropes a ball down the third-base line during PLL s come-from-behind 9-8 victory over host Lake Oroville in an elimination game Monday night at Lake Oroville LL. (Jeff Larson/The Post)

A year ago under Manager Todd Thacker, the Paradise Little League 11-12-year-old Gold all-stars rallied for six consecutive victories to battle back from the elimination bracket and win the District 47 major division baseball championship.

With Thacker manning first base as one of two assistant coaches to this year’s Manager Brad Sobrero, the PLL, 11-12-year-old all-stars needed a similar-type rally to stave off elimination Monday night against host Lake Oroville. Down by two entering the home half of the sixth inning, Paradise used the approach of put-the-ball-in-play-and-let-the-opposition-make-the-mistake, to score three runs on zero hits and defeat Lake Oroville, 9-8 at Lake Oroville LL.

“Last year’s (team) started out the same way with a loss and they had to figure out how to battle through it,” Thacker said.

The strategy in the bottom of the sixth for Paradise (1-1), which moves on to face the winner of Gridley and Hamilton Capay at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in another elimination game, centered on either getting hit by a pitch, receiving a walk or forcing Lake Oroville (0-2) to make the mistake with its glove or arm.

Bradley Sobrero led off the sixth by simply wearing one of Matt Brown pitches to earn his way to first base. He moved into scoring position on the first of three Oroville errors in the inning, later scoring on a dropped fly ball in the outfield, to cut Paradise’s deficit to 8-7.

“Some of the plays should have been made in the field, maybe they took their eye off the ball too early,” Oroville manager Justin Lowe said. “Overall they did their best and that’s all I can ask for.

Paradise’s Trevor Rickson, the team’s catcher, scored the tying run courtesy of a walk to Tyler Critser with the bases loaded.

With the bags still jammed for Paradise’s nine-hitter Pedro Marks, Lowe went to Jarrett Atteberry to try and close it out and force extra innings. Atteberry induced a routine ground ball in the infield to Marks, but with only one out recorded, Lake Oroville threw home to try and get lead runner Baily Martindale at the plate. However, the ball missed the catcher by a wide margin to enable Martindale to score the winning run.

“I’ve been telling them if they get two strikes on them just put the ball in play because anything can happen in Little League,” Brad Sobrero said. “If the ball’s on the ground you got a good chance of getting on base.”

Lake Oroville assumed control of the game following a 4-run third inning, which commenced with one of three hits by Earl Johnson. Atteberry later singled, while Adam Tressler walked to load the bases for Tony Hand.

The reserve seven hitter received a walk from Martindale to bring home Johnson and get the rally started. Atteberry followed Johnson to the plate on a base hit by reserve player and Respect the Game winner Isiah Coon, while Tressler scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at four. Hand scored the fourth and final run of the inning to put Lake Oroville in front for the first time, 5-4 – an advantage it wouldn’t relinquish until the home half of the sixth inning.

“It was hot, they could have given up (at) anytime,” Brad Sobrero said. “A lot of them, their heads were down and they got back into it …. That’s a good comeback.”

Paradise needs four more victories starting Tuesday to win the pool B portion of the bracket and get back to the District 47 championship against the winner of pool A.

“I think we have more pitching with this group, last year we just outscored teams,” Thacker said. “Obviously you have to hit the ball to win, but we have a lot of good pitching, and that’s what we’re going to have to ride to get through.”

Tuesday’s game is supposed to be another hot one in Oroville, with the high temperature reaching 109 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

Paradise 9, Lake Oroville 8

Oroville 104 300 8 11 6
Paradise 221 013 9 2 2
Tressler, Armitage, Brown (2), Jasso, Atteberry (6) and Lowe; R. Branson, Martindale (3), Cline (5) and Rickson
Top hitters, O, Gunn 2×5, 2b; Johnson 3×3, 2 runs; Atteberry 3×3 2 runs; P, none.

Paradise 9-10 Gold All-Stars Start District 47 Tournament 2-0

PLL Green minors, 11-12-year-old all-stars play today

By Jeff Larson – Sports Editor
Posted: 07/01/2013 01:28:13 PM PDT

The Paradise Little League minor, 9-10-year-old Gold all-stars is the only PLL baseball team left in the winner’s bracket following the opening weekend of the District 47 tournament.

PLL Gold (2-0), managed by Thomas Harris, meets Chico Central Black (2-0) in the winner’s bracket pool A semifinals at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Durham’s Community Park.

Paradise opened tourney play with wins over Willows, 7-6 and Chico Eastside Blue, 10-4 last weekend in Durham.

Chico Central Black blistered Gridley, 19-1 in the opening round, and then followed that up with a 16-3 victory over Durham in the quarterfinals. In pool B, Paradise Green, managed by Craig Wagner, won its first-round game over Biggs, 8-3 on Saturday at Chico Eastside LL.

The team stumbled in the next round against Chico Westside, 5-4 to fall into the elimination bracket against Chico Central Red at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Chico Eastside.

A win puts Paradise Green into the elimination bracket semifinals against the winner of Lake Oroville and Palermo at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Chico Eastside.

Chico Eastside won the 9-10-year-old division a year ago.

3 PLL teams to battle out of elimination bracket

The Paradise 10-11-year-old all-stars, managed by Troy Beach, are also fighting for their life at this point in the District 47 tournament.

Beach’s squad squares off against Chico Westside at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Chico Central LL. Last year’s district champs, the PLL 11-12-year-old team finished 1-1 last weekend to drop into today’s elimination-bracket pool B game set for 5:30 p.m. against Lake Oroville at Lake Oroville.

Hamilton Capay and Gridley follow with their own elimination pool B game scheduled for 7:30 p.m. tonight at Lake Oroville.

The winners meet in the elimination bracket semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Lake Oroville LL.

Paradise’s 11-12-year-old team is managed by Brad Sobrero, but assisted by PLL’s one and only Section 2 representative Todd Thacker, who led the Paradise LL 11-12-year-old Gold all-stars to six consecutive wins and a District 47 championship last year at Durham Community Park.

The PLL junior all-star team looks to bounce back from Saturday’s 10-0 loss to Lake Oroville, when it meets Lake Oroville’s crosstown rival Palermo in an elimination game at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Willows LL.

If Paradise wins, it’ll advance into the elimination bracket semifinals, set for 5:30 p.m. Friday in Willows.

Lake Oroville Eliminates Paradise Little League Softball Majors, 11-10

Oroville starter Taytum Mellow throws complete game

By Jeff Larson – Sports Editor
Posted: 06/26/2013 09:34:52 PM PDT

With an offense that seemingly never quit and a super aggressive leadoff hitter, Paradise Little League 11-12-year-old all-star softball manager Shane Earhart never wavered with his confidence during the team’s elimination game Wednesday at Egleson Field.

“In no time did I think that we were going to lose that game,” Earhart said.

The Paradise LL majors did lose, after Lake Oroville’s Sarah Miller scored the go-ahead and game-winning run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the fifth inning to eliminate Paradise from the District 47 all-star tournament on its own field, 11-10.

“The girls played their hardest, it was a great game,” Earhart said. “The team that makes the (fewest) errors, they’re going to win the ballgame.”

Ironically, Lake Oroville (2-1), which advances to play Gridley in the loser’s bracket final at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Egleson Field, wasn’t as flawless as Paradise (0-2) in the field, committing four errors throughout the five-and-a-half innings played. In the top of the fifth – just a half-inning before it re-took the lead for good – Lake Oroville committed three errors to allow Paradise to score four runs and tie the game at 10. It all started with Paradise lead-off hitter and shortstop Jenna Griffith lacing a single up-the-middle, and then stealing second to get into scoring position. The ensuing hitter, Jalen Alvies followed with a well-hit ball to short that was mishandled, thus enabling Alvies to not only reach first, but Griffith an opportunity to score the first run of the inning.

“She leads off because she gets on base, and when she’s on base she doesn’t get out,” Earhart said on Griffith. “A great ballplayer.”

The team seemed to feed off Griffith’s aggressiveness, beginning with Kayla Earhart, Shane’s daughter and the team’s three-hitter, belting an RBI double to plate Alvies and cut the deficit to 10-8.

Kayla Earhart and Carli Wright would score the final two runs, courtesy of two more errors from Lake Oroville, to tie it up at 10 heading to the bottom of the fifth.

Miller was the lone Lake Oroville player to get on base in the bottom half of the fifth, because the team’s three, four and five hitters either struck out or lined out to first. In between those three outs, however, Miller was still able to score and put Lake Oroville back on top, 11-10.

Taytum Mellow did the rest.

The Lake Oroville starter, who could have throw up through eight innings according to Manager Ron Belser and the Little League softball rules, finished off Paradise in the top of the sixth with the tying run just 60 feet away.

The inning began with Mellow fanning Gabby Scribner for her ninth strikeout of the game. Griffith then bounced out to second to leave Alvies as Paradise’s last chance. The two-hitter lined a single to left, and then reached second and third on wild pitches with three-hitter Kayla Earhart at the plate.

Mellow won the battle with Earhart when she got her to swing through the final strike to wrap it up and send Lake Oroville into the loser’s bracket final against Gridley (1-1) on Thursday.

“She was throwing strong clear up to the end of the game,” Belser said. “It was a tough strike zone tonight, it was tight, she threw a lot of pitches (but) she’s a fighter and when she gets down she reels back and throws the ball and always finds a way to get the outs.”

Belser will not be able to use Mellow against Gridley, because she’ll need a day’s rest, he said.

Lake Oroville’s No. 2 arm would be Ron’s daughter, Hannah Belser, who will get the ball against Gridley, Ron Belser said

If Hannah Belser gets it done, then Lake Oroville is looking at a date with 3-0 Durham in the District 47 pool B championship, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Friday at Egleson Field. Should Lake Oroville win again, the teams will return to Egleson Field for a double final at 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning.

The pool B winner will square off against the winner of pool A in the 11-12-year-old pool championship, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Chico Westside LL.

Lake Oroville 11, Paradise 10

Paradise 150 040 10 9 2
Lake Oroville 101 003 11 10 4
Alvies, Earhart (5) and Nonneman; Mellow and Bergstrand
Top hitters, P, Griffith 2×4, 3 runs; Alvies 2×3; Clarke 2×4; Earhart 2b, rbi; LO, Cusick 2×3, 3 runs; Thompson 2×4; Baxter hr, 2 rbis;

Paradise LL Softball Kicks Off District 47 All-Stars Next Weekend

By Jeff Larson – Sports Editor
Posted: 06/14/2013 05:04:59 PM PDT

Fresh off a narrow 10-7 defeat in extra innings in the Tournament of Champions final, the Paradise Little League major division softball team turned the corner toward District 47 all-star play, which gets underway for both majors and minors next weekend.

The majors, which will be managed by Shane Earhart, begin the double-elimination tournament Sunday, June 23 against the winner of Durham and Lake Oroville at Paradise’s Egleson Field.

A win puts Paradise into the semifinals of the pool B bracket, which is set to commence a week from Monday. Every bracket, except for both junior divisions and the 10-11-year-old tournament, is set up with a pool championship, which is a best two-out-of-three series between the pool A and pool B winners.

For the major, 11-12-year-old softball division, the pool championship begins June 29 at Chico Westside.

“I’m not going to make any predictions, they got to put in the work and it’s on them,” Earhart said. “I’m just along for the ride.”

The Paradise minor, 9-10-year-old softball squad opens up against Durham at 11:30 a.m. June 22 at Palermo Little League. A win also puts PLL into the semifinals of the pool A bracket. The pool championship is scheduled to commence June 29 at Palermo LL.

The Paradise juniors do not have a team signed up as of right now. However, all baseball and softball tournaments are currently in the draft mode, according to the District 47 website.

PLL baseball brings 5 teams to all-stars

PLL’s oldest team is the junior, 13-14-year-old division, which is scheduled to compete in the one and only tournament bracket, beginning June 29 at Willows LL against Lake Oroville at 3 p.m.

A victory moves Paradise into the winner’s bracket quarterfinals against either Chico Westside or Gridley on Sunday, while a loss drops PLL into the elimination bracket.

The Paradise, 11-12-year-olds, begin all-star play against Durham at 11 a.m., June 29 at Lake Oroville LL. The defending champ in this division is Paradise, after the Gold squad managed by Todd Thacker got all the way to the Section 2 tournament in Susanville a year ago.

It was unknown as of press time whether or not Thacker will be managing this year’s team. The pool championship is scheduled for July 7 at Lake Oroville LL.

The minor, 9-10-year-old division has Paradise Gold in pool A, where it’ll open up against Willows at 2 p.m., June 29 at Durham LL. Paradise Green kicks off tourney play in pool B against Biggs/Richvale at 11:30 a.m., June 29 at Chico Eastside.

The 9-10-year-old pool championship begins July 8 in Durham.

The Paradise 10-11-year-olds begin its one and only tournament against Chico Eastside at 9 a.m., June 29 at Chico Elks Club, which is the Chico Central LL location.

The championship round is set for July 8 at Chico Elks.

2013 All-Star Rosters

Juniors Team                                                                  11-12 Major Team

Jeff Klassen – Manager                                                      Brad Sobreo – Manager
Chris Todd – Coach                                                            Todd Thacker – Coach
Bryan Taylor – Coach                                                         Russ Critser – Coach

Billy Aiello                                                                           Ryan Branson
Ryan Bolf                                                                           Trent Branson
Ryan Baker                                                                        Colby Cline
Carlos Chavez                                                                    Tyler Critser
Nate Haza                                                                           Nolan Fitzgerald
Justin Hilley                                                                         Pedro Marks
Antoni Diaz-Infante                                                             Baily Martindale
Tyler Kingery                                                                      Lleyton Rice
Ben Larry                                                                           Trevor Rickson
Trenton Taylor                                                                    Bradley Sobrero
Devon Tickle                                                                      Cooper Thacker
Joseph Todd                                                                      Alex Vail
– end roster                                                                       Trevor Thurman

10-11 Team                                                                       Minor Gold Team

Troy Beach – Manager                                                       Thomas Harris – Manager
Gary Gregory – Coach                                                       Jon Howard – Coach
Steve Suihkonen – Coach                                                  Tait Johnson – Coach

Louis Aguilera                                                                    Logan Howard
Caleb Bass                                                                         Ben Tong
Joey Beach                                                                         Dylan Gatchet
Ben Brauer                                                                         Ben Barber
Braiden Ferguson                                                              Easton Moore
Jackson Gatchet                                                                 Kristian Merrill
Jakob Gregory                                                                   Hunter Johnson
Joe Lawrie                                                                          Cody Palade
Trevor LeRossignol                                                            Josh Alvies
Jason Ramsey                                                                      Kyler Putty
Chase Suihkonen                                                               Brain Enright
Noel Waegner                                                                    Tyler Harrison

Minor Green Team

Craig Wagner – Manager
Shawn Coomes – Coach
Mark Castellucci – Coach

David Baron
Ashton Wagner
Steteon Morgan
Kyle Baston
Tanner Smith
Silas Carter
Nick Magpusao
Nate Magpusao
Owen Kopka
Mason Kingery
Blake Dominguez
Hayden Hammett

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