Two Napa Valley Joe DiMaggio League baseball teams, the St. Helena Masons and the host Napa squad, will play in the 2013 Keith Connelly Fourth of July Invitational.
It’s a 16-team field, made up of four pools. The annual tournament starts on July 3 as the St. Helena Masons and Tri-County Gamblers meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Veterans Home of California’s Cleve Borman Field in Yountville.
The tournament continues on July 4 with games at both the Veterans Home and Justin-Siena High School. Opening ceremonies are at 4:45 p.m. at Borman Field and are followed by the Napa host team playing its first game at 5 p.m. against the Solano Nationals at 5 p.m.
Games continue on July 5 and 6 at the Veterans Home and Justin-Siena.
The winner of each pool will meet on July 7 in semifinal games, starting at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Veterans Home. The championship game follows at 3:30 p.m.
Games are seven innings and there is a two-hour, 20-minute time limit. There is also a 10-run rule after five innings.
The St. Helena Masons are joined in Pool 1 by Daly City, the San Carlos Seals and Tri-County.
Pool 2 has San Francisco Trinity, Millbrae PAL, Pacifica and the River City Outlaws.
The San Francisco Cardinals, San Mateo Titans, South San Francisco Rangers and the Vallejo Spartans play in Pool 3.
Pool 4 has San Bruno, the San Francisco Barbarians, Solano Nationals and the Napa host team.
The Vintage High softball team, which won Monticello Empire League and CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I titles, moved up, from No. 21 to 20th in this week’s MaxPreps Xcellent Top 25 National Rankings.
Coach Rick Robben’s Crushers (34-1 overall) were honored Tuesday by the Napa County Board of Supervisors and last week by the Napa City Council.
Northern of Owings, Md., (23-0) is No. 1.
Also from California, Logan-Union City (26-1) is No. 9, Chino (26-2) is No. 11, and Santiago-Corona (30-5) is No. 19.
Kathleen Scavo shot a second-round 74 Wednesday and is tied for 27th at the halfway point of the Rolex Girls Junior Championship. It’s being conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Dalhousie Golf Club in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Scavo attends Justin-Siena.
Grant Wright and Mark Castellucci represented Justin-Siena baseball on the North team in last week’s Marin County Athletic League Senior All-Star Game at Albert Park in San Rafael. The Braves’ Tyler Whitehead and Sam Davison were also selected to the North team, but could not play.
The North lost to the South, 4-0.
Players from San Marin, Novato, San Rafael and Terra Linda were also on the North.
The South was represented by players from Redwood, Drake, Branson, Tamalpais, Branson and Marin Catholic.
The seven finalists for the 2013 Cal-Hi Sports Mr. Baseball State Player of the Year award are Phil Bickford (Oaks Christian-Westlake Village), Jack Flaherty (Harvard-Westlake, North Hollywood), Jack Labosky (Clovis North-Fresno), Carlos Salazar (Kerman), Dominic Smith (Serra-Gardena), Michael Strem (St. Francis-Mountain View), and Ryan Tellez (Elk Grove).
Tellez hit .500 with nine home runs and 46 RBIs for the Thundering Herd.
Tellez set a CIF Sac-Joaquin Section record with 176 career runs batted in.
The eight finalists for the Cal-Hi Sports Ms. Softball State Player of the Year are Rachel Garcia (Highland-Palmdale), Raeann Garza (James Logan-Union City), Johanna Grauer (Amador Valley-Pleasanton), Rebecca Lee (Pacifica-Garden Grove), Amanda Lorenz (Moorpark), Alyssa Palomino (Mission Viejo), Kylie Reed (Norco) and Erica Romero (Santiago-Corona).
Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson and forward Harrison Barnes are among the 27 players set to participate in the 2013 USA Basketball Men’s National Team mini-camp July 22-25 in Las Vegas.
Last summer, Thompson was a member of the 2012 USA Basketball Select Team that trained against the U.S. Olympic Team during its training in Las Vegas, while Barnes previously gained USA Basketball experience in 2010 as a member of the USA Basketball Junior National Select Team that competed in the annual Nike Hoop Summit.
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