Marty James

California American Legion baseball tourney returns to Yountville

2010-07-20T00:00:00Z California American Legion baseball tourney returns to Yountville Napa Valley Register
July 20, 2010 12:00 am

NOTES AND QUOTES for a Tuesday in the Napa Valley:

Long Beach Wilson, San Bernardino, Westchester, San Mateo, Merced and El Dorado comprise the field for the California State American Legion Senior Baseball Championships, which begin Saturday at the Veterans Home of California in Yountville. The senior tournament is for players ages 19-and-under.

The tournament, a qualifier for the western regionals, begins at 9 a.m. with Long Beach Wilson (Area 4) against San Bernardino (Area 5).

In the 12 p.m. game, it’s Westchester (Area 6) against San Mateo (Area 2).

The third game of the day at Cleve Borman Field has Merced (Area 3) against El Dorado (Area 1) at 3 p.m.

Games continue on July 25 and 26 at 9 a.m., 12 and 3 p.m.

If necessary, there will be a game on July 27 at 9 a.m.

The western regionals start on Aug. 5 in Las Vegas.

For the second year in a row, the American Legion Baseball World Series, scheduled for Aug. 13-17, will be streamed live via the Legion’s Web site.

All 14 games played this year at Avista Stadium in Spokane, Wash., will be available for live viewing online at www.legion.org. Fans tuning in will hear play-by-play announcements from former major league star Jeff Kent, as well as longtime Legion baseball supporter Jim Darby.

Last year’s World Series in Fargo, N.D., marked the Legion’s first-ever web streaming of games. Nearly 19,000 visitors from 15 different countries tuned in to watch a total of 2.4 million minutes of play throughout the four-day tournament.

Fans who missed last year’s live streaming of the championship, or who simply want to see the highlights, can still watch the webcasts from the 2009 American Legion Baseball World Series.

Go to www.legion.org/legiontv and click on Baseball.

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Matt Yourkin pitched seven shutout innings of six-hit ball, striking out four without walking anyone to lead the host Fresno Grizzlies to a 12-2 win over Las Vegas in a Pacific Coast League game Sunday at Chukchansi Park.

Yourkin (6-3), a Napa High School graduate, is 2-1 with a 2.04 ERA and has struck out 40 while walking just three over his last six starts.

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Hailey Breakwell recently returned from Edison, N.J., where her team, Strike Zone Gold, went 5-2 and finished in the top four to qualify for the Premier National Softball Tournament to be held in Huntington Beach, Aug. 9-14.

Strike Zone Gold won four games in a row on Saturday in a must-win situation after going 1-1 on Friday.

The Premier National is sponsored by ESPN Rise and features the top 72 teams in the country. Strike Zone Gold is one of only a few teams in the country to earn berths to both the ASA Nationals, to be held in Marietta, Ga., Aug. 1-7, and to Premier Nationals.

Strike Zone Gold is based in Fremont. Breakwell, who will start her senior year at Justin-Siena in the fall, plays third base for the Strike Zone Gold.

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Dr. David Goodwill stayed up front most of the night Saturday in a Northern California Modified Association racing program at All American Speedway in Roseville.

The Napa dentist qualified fastest in his Miyamo sprint car. He continued his winning ways in his heat race by finishing first. Second place was the best Goodwill could muster in both the trophy dash and the shortened 25-lap main event.

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The 44th annual Joe DiMaggio League World Series has an eight-team field and starts Thursday at Wooster High School in Reno. The tournament runs through July 27.

The Sierra Sundevils face San Carlos at 5 p.m. on Thursday.

On Friday, it’s the Douglas Tigers vs. South City PAL at 11 a.m., Reno Muckdogs vs. Vallejo Spartans at 2 p.m., and Tri-County Gamblers vs. Pacifica at 5 p.m.

The Tri-County Gamblers won the North Bay title.

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Ray Sisemore, head coach of the Napa Saints’ junior midget team for Napa Youth Football, will be the guest of the “KVON SportsVine” Saturday. The hour-long show, hosted by Terry Simpkins, Charles Kennedy and Mark McLeod, airs from 9 to 10 a.m. on KVON 1440 AM.

E-mail Napa Valley Register Executive Sports Editor Marty James at mjames@napanews.com or call 256-2223.

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