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California Little League World Series And State Tournament 2023

By Roshan Khatiwada / 7 August 2023 11:19 AM

The California State Tournament is scheduled from August 5 to August 11 in San Bernardino, California
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California Little League State Tournament 2023 is being held from August 5 to August 11 in San Bernardino, California. It is an annual event on the calendar.

It is also known as the Little League Baseball West Region Tournament and is held annually in August at Al Houghton Stadium. The competition features the best youth baseball teams from Hawaii, Northern California, Southern California, and Arizona.

The opening ceremony took place on August 4, and all the teams were present during the event. It also featured a K-9 officer show and a helicopter flyover of the San Bernardino Police Department.

The program concluded with a game featuring players with intellectual and physical challenges from the Little League. The winner of the tournament will book their place in the Little League World Series, scheduled from August 16 to August 27, 2023.

State Tournament 2023

State Tournament 2023 for California is being held from the 5th of August to the 11th. The competition is held at Al Houghton Stadium in San Bernardino.

West is one of the ten regions in the United States that send teams to the Little League World Series. It is the largest baseball competition for youth in the world.

The region has been participating in the LLWS since 1957 when it was known as West Region. But after the expansion of the tournament from eight teams to sixteen in 2001, the West Region was divided into two: a new West Region and the Northwest Region.

Players in the Little League celebrating after winning the game against the opponents
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The new West Region consists of four districts from three states, including Arizona, Hawaii, Southern California, and Northern California. Nevada and Utah were also part of the region, but after the 2021 LLWS, they moved to a newly created Mountain Region.

The state of California has the most Little League baseball programs. There were 33 districts when the organization first organized the leagues into districts in 1958, but the number has doubled since.

As of now, there are a total of 70 districts in the state. Further, the state has sent fifty-one teams to the Little League World Series, the most teams in the tournament.

Southern California

Southern California Little League State Tournament started on July 22 and ended on July 31. El Segundo won the competition, qualifying for the West Region tournament.

The event was hosted by North Mission Viejo of District 68 at their home ballpark, Marty Russo Youth Athletic Park. The stadium is located at Olympiad Road in Mission Viejo.

The Southern region of California has 39 districts divided into ten sections with four each except for the first section. The winner of each section qualifies for the Southern California State Tournament.

Abbott O Rabbit pitcher getting ready to throw a pitch during the game
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Torrance Little League is the last program from the region to qualify for the Little League World Series. They appeared during the 2021 LLWS championship.

The last team to win the LLWS from the region was Ocean View Little League from Huntington Beach. They won the championship in 2011 defeating Hamamatsu Minami from Japan, 2-1.

El Cajon in 1961, Granada Hills in 1963, Long Beach in 1992 and 1993, and Park View in 2009 are the other teams from Southern California to win the Little League World Series.

Here are the teams that participated in the 2023 division tournament:

  • Arroyo Grande Valley Youth (District 65) - Section 1 Champions
  • Sherman Oaks Southern (District 40) -
  • La Verne (District 20) - Section 3 Champions
  • El Segundo (District 36) - Section 4 Champions
  • East Hills Yorba Linda Blue (Yorba Linda) (District 56) - Section 5 Champions
  • Del Mar (District 31) - Section 6 Champions
  • Alpine American (District 41) - Section 7 Champions
  • Fontana Community (District 71) - Section 8 Champions
  • Eastvale (District 72) - Section 9 Champions
  • Aliso Viejo (District 55) - Section 10 Champions

South Carolina player throwing the ball during a game in the Little League
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Here are the tournament results:

Opening Round on July 22:

  • Fontana Community defeated Eastvale (3-0)
  • Sherman Oaks Southern defeated Alpine American (4-1)

Quarterfinals Winner's Bracket on July 22:

  • La Verne defeated Del Mar (5-4 in 7 innings)
  • East Hills Yorba Linda Blue defeated Arroyo Grande Valley Youth (12-0 in 5 innings)
  • El Segundo defeated Fontana Community (7-0)
  • Sherman Oaks Southern defeated Aliso Viejo (10-3)

Round 1 Elimination Bracket on July 23:

  • Del Mar eliminated Alpine American (6-2 in 8 innings)
  • Eastvale eliminated Arroyo Grande Valley Youth (10-7)

Round 2 Elimination Bracket on July 25:

  • Del Mar eliminated Fontana Community (2-0)
  • Aliso Viejo eliminated Eastvale (7-4)

Semifinals Winner's Bracket on July 26:

  • El Segundo defeated La Verne (9-0)
  • East Hills Yorba Linda Blue defeated Sherman Oaks Southern (4-1)

Quarterfinals Elimination Bracket on July 27:

  • La Verne eliminated Aliso Viejo (4-0)
  • Sherman Oaks Southern eliminated Del Mar (4-0)

Semifinal Elimination Bracket on July 28:

  • Sherman Oaks Southern eliminated La Verne (14-7)

Final Winner's Bracket on July 29:

  • El Segundo defeated East Hills Yorba Linda Blue (10-0 in 4 innings)

Final Elimination Bracket on July 30:

  • Sherman Oaks Southern eliminated East Hills Yorba Linda Blue (8-1)

Championship Series on July 31:

  • Sherman Oaks Southern defeated El Segundo (4-3)
  • El Segundo defeated Sherman Oaks Southern (3-2)

Northern California

Northern California Little League State Tournament was held from July 22 to July 28. Bollinger Canyon won the tournament defeating Vacaville American.

There are a total of 31 districts in the region divided into seven sections. Only New York, Texas, and Southern California have more districts than Northern California.

A divisional tournament is held to determine the champion of the region. The competition features winners of each section facing each other in a double-elimination format.

Bollinger Canyon after winning the Senior Little League Section 3 Championship
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The winner of the divisional tournament gets to play in the Little League Baseball West Region Tournament, with the winner of that tournament qualifying for the LLWS. Fifteen teams from Northern California have appeared in the Little League World Series.

The Campbell Moreland Little League team is the only team from the region to win the LLWS championship. They won the tournament held at Williamsport in 1962.

Hoover Tyler was the host of the tournament. They are a team from District 8 located at Wisconsin Avenue in Stockton.

Here are the teams that participated in the division tournament for 2023:

SectionWinner of the Section
Section 1Vacaville American (District 64)
Section 2McKinleyville (District 26)
Section 3Bollinger Canyon (San Ramon) (District 57)
Section 4Maidu (Roseville) (District 54)
Section 5Capitola-Soquel (District 39)
Section 6Sunset (Stockton) (District 8)
Section 7Madera American (District 10)

Here are the results of the competition:

Opening Round on Saturday, July 22:

  • Vacaville American defeated Madera American (10-0 in 5 innings)
  • Capitola-Soquel defeated McKinleyville (6-4)
  • Bollinger Canyon defeated Maidu (10-0 in 4 innings)

Winner's Bracket Semifinals on Sunday, July 23:

  • Vacaville American defeated Sunset (11-1 in 5 innings)
  • Bollinger Canyon defeated Capitola-Soquel (7-0)

Round 1 Elimination Bracket on Sunday, July 23:

  • McKinleyville eliminated Maidu (10-6)

Quarterfinals Elimination Bracket on Monday, July 24:

  • Capitola-Soquel eliminated Madera American (6-0)
  • McKinleyville eliminated Sunset (6-3)

Winner's Bracket Final on Tuesday, July 25:

  • Bollinger Canyon defeated Vacaville American (2-1)

Semifinal Elimination Bracket on Wednesday, July 26:

  • McKinleyville eliminated Capitola-Soquel (7-3)

Final Elimination Bracket on Thursday, July 27:

  • Vacaville American eliminated McKinleyville (14-6)

Championship Game on Friday, July 28:

  • Bollinger Canyon defeated Vacaville American (3-0)¬†

California LLWS 2023

California Little League World Series will determine who qualifies for the Little League World Series. The California series is scheduled from August 5 to 11.

Four teams, one from each district of the West Region face each other in a double-elimination format. The winner of the competition qualifies for the Little League finale in Williamsport.

Here are the teams participating in the event:

DistrictWinner from the District
ArizonaCanyon View from Tucson
HawaiiHilo from Hilo
Northern CaliforniaBollinger Canyon from San Ramon
Southern CaliforniaEl Segundo from El Segundo

California Little League Regionals 2023 features teams that have qualified after winning their respective state-level championships. Hilo defeated Canyon View in the opening game of the competition.

Bollinger Canyon, Hilo, and El Segundo are the three teams remaining in the hunt for a place in Little League World Series.

Here is the schedule of the tournament:

  • Game 1 - Hilo defeated Canyon View (7-4) on August 5
  • Game 2 - El Segundo defeated Bollinger Canyon (4-3) on August 5
  • Game 3 - Bollinger Canyon eliminated Canyon View (5-1) on August 6
  • Game 4 - Hilo against El Segundo on August 7
  • Game 5 - Loser Game 4 against Bollinger Canyon on August 9
  • Championship game - Winner Game 4 against Winner Game 5 on August 11

California Little League World Series 2023 is going to be the 22nd edition of the tournament since its expansion to sixteen teams in 2001. The team qualifies through various regional-level tournaments.

A El Segundo player trying to catch a fly ball during a match in the Little League
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Northern California Little League World Series winner Bollinger Canyon has the opportunity to be the first team since Petaluma National in 2012 to play at the LLWS. They are currently in the loser's bracket as they lost their first game against El Segundo.

Southern California Little League World Series winner El Segundo is yet to lose in the West Region tournament as of August 6. They have the chance to become the second team in three years from the region to qualify for the LLWS from California.

Districts

Southern California Little League districts are thirty-nine and divided into ten sections. The first section has three districts, whereas the rest has four.

Winners of these sections qualify for the South California State Tournament. Previously, the southland was divided into four districts, which were later expanded to eight.

The method in which districts are assigned into sections has changed over time with the increase in the number.

Bollinger Canyon player Layken Wright after smashing a home run during the Playoff
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Here are the districts with their respective sections:

Section 1:

  • D13 - Moorpark
  • D63 - Fillmore
  • D65 - Arroyo Grande Valley Youth

Section 2:

  • D16 - Crescenta Valley (Montrose)
  • D17 - Santa Anita
  • D40 - Sherman Oaks Southern
  • D51 - Quartz Hill

Section 3:

  • D18 - South Pasadena
  • D19 - West Covina American
  • D20 - La Verne
  • D23 - Upland National

Section 4:

  • D25 - Ladera
  • D27 - North Torrance
  • D36 - El Segundo
  • D37 - Del Rey American (Playa del Rey)

Section 5:

  • D29 - La Mirada
  • D30 - Tustin Western
  • D38 - Long Beach
  • D56 - East Hills Yorba Linda Blue (Yorba Linda)

Section 6:

  • D31 - Del Mar
  • D32 - Scripps Ranch (San Diego)
  • D33 - San Carlos (San Diego)
  • D70 - Vista American

Section 7:

  • D22 - El Centro
  • D41 - Alpine American
  • D42 - Eastlake (Chula Vista)
  • D66 - Spring Valley

Section 8:

  • D21 - Bloomington
  • D43 - Newmark (San Bernardino)
  • D49 - Apple Valley American
  • D71 - Fontana Community

Section 9:

  • D24 - Magnolia Center (Riverside)
  • D28 - Temecula
  • D58 - Yucaipa Valley American (Yucaipa)
  • D72 - Eastvale

Section 10:

  • D46 - East Anaheim
  • D55 - Aliso Viejo
  • D62 - Costa Mesa
  • D68 - San Clemente American

Northern California Districts

Southern California Little League districts are divided into seven sections. There are a total of 31 districts in the region.

The winners of these seven sections qualify for the Northern California State Championship.

Brody Brooks of El Segundo hitting a homerun in the third inning of a match
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Here are the districts with their respective sections:

Section 1:

  • D3 - Tiburon Peninsula
  • D4 - Alameda
  • D35 - Mark West Youth Club (Santa Rosa)
  • D53 - Sonoma
  • D64 - Vacaville American

Section 2:

  • D1 - Red Bluff
  • D2 - Peach Bowl (Yuba City)
  • D26 - McKinleyville
  • D47 - Chico Eastside
  • D48 - Susanville

Section 3:

  • D14 - Fremont Centerville
  • D45 - San Lorenzo
  • D52 - Hillsborough
  • D57 - Bollinger Canyon (San Ramon)

Section 4:

  • D5 - Fair Oaks/Orangevale
  • D6 - North Natomas (Sacramento)
  • D7 - Land Park Pacific (Sacramento)
  • D11 - Rocklin
  • D54 - Maidu (Roseville)

Section 5:

  • D9 - Hollister
  • D12 - Willow Glen (San Jose)
  • D39 - Capitola-Soquel
  • D44 - Sunnyvale
  • D59 - Santa Teresa (San Jose)

Section 6:

  • D8 - Sunset (Stockton)
  • D15 - Calaveras National (San Andreas)
  • D67 - Patterson
  • D73 - Atwater

Section 7:

  • D10 - Madera American
  • D34 - Porterville
  • D61 - Arvin

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