LITTLE LEAGUE UPDATE: Majors, 11s softball All-Stars advance to Nor Cal title games

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In their closest result so far this postseason, the Gilroy Little League Majors softball All-Stars showcased their ability to adjust to the varying circumstances with a 5-1 victory over Consumes River on Sunday, moving to 4-0 for the tournament and advancing into tonight’s Northern California regional championship game in Rio Linda.

The locals will take the field against Peachbowl for the right to attend the West Region tournament in San Bernardino, where a trip to the Little League World Series awaits the winner. First thing is first, though, and that’s getting past Peachbowl tonight.

In Sunday’s game, Gilroy took a 1-0 lead on a Pati Soria RBI to plate Nikki Villanueva. Consumes River tied matters in the second before Gilroy recaptured the advantage in the third with an RBI from Michaela Decker, scoring Liezl Clark. The All-Stars added three runs in the fourth as Maddy Cox, Villanueva and Clark all came around to score.

If Gilroy is to move past Peachbowl, which has to knockoff the locals twice, it will be the seventh Majors team in the last eight years to win the Nor Cal title.

— Also making headway in their Division II Northern California state tournament, the GLL 11-year-old softball All-Stars completely overpowered opponents over the weekend, breezing past Land Park 24-1 on Saturday and East County 24-8 on Sunday.

The girls, managed by Scot Hathaway, play in the championship round Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Antioch.

The weekend’s overwhelming offensive onslaught featured a combined 38 hits. Amber Herrera and Brittney Gitmed each went 6-for-7 in the two outings, Rachel Vanni, Miranda Janisch and Emily Boykin had four hits apiece while Olivia Moore and Summer Andrade contributed three. Bryannalee Moreno, Shelby Valasco and Janisch shared the pitching responsibilities.

— Despite a spirited comeback attempt, the girls 10-year-old All-Stars dropped their state tournament opener, 6-5. Susan Shapiro’s locals must battle through the losers’ bracket of the double-elimination tournament beginning Tuesday.

— An up-and-down weekend in Watsonville for the section tournament has the boys Majors National All-Stars hanging on for their postseason lives.

The All-Stars were shut out in the opener against Hollister on Saturday, but rebounded nicely against Lincoln Glen with a 13-3 triumph Sunday.

Dylan McPhillips, Dillon McFarland and Tommy Castro all went deep with home runs in Sunday’s win.

With Hollister losing 18-1 to Aptos on Sunday, the two teams will meet again tonight. The winner continues on while the other sees the end to the tournament.

— It was the same rollercoaster-type weekend for Mike Kachel’s boys Minors All-Stars in San Jose.

The boys split their games, winning Saturday but losing Sunday, 17-5 forcing a do-or-die game tonight at 5:30 p.m. with Serra at Branham Little League.

“It was just one of those days where the opponent was able to hit where we weren’t,” Kachel said of Sunday’s loss.

Reid Francis did manage a solo home run in the second inning and Jon Scarcella posted a 3-for-3 afternoon.

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