California A’s Win Inaugural California ClassicThe California A’s captured the first ever California Classic title at the Sportsplex USA, in Santee, California, a 7-0 run rule win in the championship game over Rude Pac of Sun Valley, California. Sean Whitten picked up the win, a 3-hit, 10 strikeout performance through 5 inning. Gerald Pyle took the loss with Cory Avery in relief.
The game remained scoreless until the 4th when the California A’s plated 4 runs, on two walks and four consecutive hits by Chase Turner, Jason Porto, Jeff Twist and Kevin Castillo. Cory Avery came on in relief, but the A’s pushed home three more in the home half of the 5th on a walk, and singles by Darren Box, Bob Rostenhausler and Chase Turner, for the 7-0 final. Chase Turner led the way for the A’s offense, going 3-for-3. For Rude Pac, Jason Obregon, Canyon Vance and Casey Pymm had hits against Whitten in the losing effort.
Rude Pac reached the final with a 3-2 win over Tow Pros of San Diego while the Aâ€™s topped Vancouver Meralomas, 2-1 in their semi-final matchup. Italian Athletic outlasted the Bakersfield Silverhawks 3-2 in the Consolation final.
Cap tip to co-hosts the A’s and the Silverhawks for their work in putting together a most enjoyable tournament.
Thanks to all who tuned in to listen, hope you enjoyed the broadcasts.
From the blog at MaddysPhotos.com:
(Photo not by Maddy Flanagan or Bob Otto)
This past June 19th and 20th I went down to San Diego to shoot the first annual California Classic Tournament hosted by he California A’s (Dave Weldin & Greg Hicks) and the California Silverhawks (Christopher McGhee). The tournament was held in a beautiful new facility: Sportsplex, USA, in Santee and the weather, as is common in lovely San Diego, was absolutely perfect. No less perfect, for me, was being able to finally meet, after many years of quiet admiration, a photographer that in fastpitch circles needs no introduction: Bob Otto. I have been a fan of Bob since I first discovered fastpitch and always strived to copy his great work. So it was indeed an honor, for a few brief hours to share the fields with Bob under the sunny skies of San Diego. You can see Bob’s photos HERE and you can also browse mine by clicking HERE.
Just to be sure you don’t miss those photos:
California Classic at Bob Otto’s site, Otto in Focus.
California Classic at Maddy’s Photos.
Editor’s note: Bob Otto and Maddy Flanagan span more than a decade of fastball photos at Fastpitchwest. Bob was previously the official ISC photographer in the 1990′s (before I even knew Maddy). Bob was kind enough to provide his photos to Fastpitchwest for posting when we got the website off the ground in 1998. Bob’s work served as a model for Maddy, and other fastball photographers. Their passion for photography, and the sport of fastball is Southern California’s blessing.
2010 California Classic Champions, the California A’s
(photo by Maddy Flanagan)
Sunday scores below
Championship bracket teams and seeding:
1. California A’s (3-0)
2. Rude Pac (3-0)
3. Tow Pros (2-0-1)
4. Vancouver Meralomas (2-0-1)
5. Macabbi USA (1-1-1)
6. Cal State Builders (1-1-1)
1. Italian Athletic Club
2. Bakersfield Silverhawks
Sunday’s Schedule of Games – June 20, 2010
# 3 seed Tow Pros (2-0-1) vs. # 6 Cal State Builders (1-1-1)
Tow Pros defeated Cal State Builders
#4 seed Vancouver Meralomas (2-0-1) vs. Macabbi USA (1-1-1)
Vancouver Meralomas – 2
Macabbi USA – 1
WP-McCullough, Mayson in relief
Portland (0-2-1) vs. Silverhawks (0-1-2)
Silverhawks defeated Portland
Italian Athletic Club (IAC) vs. Pala
IAC – 10
Pala – 1
# 2 Rude Pac (3-1) vs. Tow Pros
Rude Pac – 3
Tow Pros – 2
Catch us live on Ballparkradio, Sunday, June 20, 2010, at 10am and 12 noon Pacific time (1pm and 3pm Eastern) for the final two games of the California Classic Tournament at Sportsplex USA in Santee, California.
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#1 California (3-0) play winner Vancouver Meralomas/Macabbi
California A’s – 2
Vancouver Meralomas – 1
California A’s – 7
Rude Pac, Sun Valley, CA – 0
WP-Sean Whitten (10 K’s, 2 hitter)
LP-Gerald Pyle; Cory Avery relieved in 4th.