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Sunnyvale Little League News

The 2024 postseason begins with a bang for SVLL

The 2024 postseason has been a busy one for Sunnyvale Little League teams. The postseason is our league's opportunity to field teams in five age specific divisions, including Juniors (13-14 year-olds), Intermediate 50/70 (13 year-olds), 12/11/10 year-olds, 11/10/9 year-olds and 10/9/8 year-olds. Each team participates in the District 44 Tournament, which pegs our teams with the other 9 leagues that make up California District 44.

If a team wins the district tournament, they advance to the Section 5 tournament. The tournament ladder then includes the State Tournament, the Western Region Tournament and then ultimately the Little League World Series. So each team needs to win 4 tournaments to earn the right to participate in the Little League World Series. For our two youngest age group teams (11/10/9 year-olds & 10/9/8 year-olds), the ladder ends with the State Tournament.

Our 2021 Intermediate 50/70 All Star team won the State Tournament, but due to COVID, Little League elected to end all tournaments at the State level that year. In 2022, that same group of players repeated as State Champions and came within two wins of advancing to the Little League World Series, eventually falling to Southern California in the tournament semi-finals.

This year, three of the five teams we field were crowned District 44 Champions. The Intermediate 50/70s, the 11/10/9 year-olds and the 10/9/8 year-olds all won the District 44 Championships.

The Intermediate 50/70 All Stars made quick work of the two opposing leagues, Cupertino and Briarwood/El Camino in the district tournament.

The 11/10/9 year-old All Stars won all 6 games played. Seven leagues from District 44 participated, which started with two pools of 3 and 4 teams respectively. Sunnyvale went 3-0 in pool play which was capped by a tight 4-3 victory over Santa Clara Westside LL. The "11s" then defeated Briarwood/El Camino LL, Los Altos LL and Campbell LL in the double-elimination bracket.

The team combined to out-score their opponents in their 6 wins 58-15. The closest margin of victory in the bracket round was 7 runs.

The 10/9/8 year-old All Stars also were a perfect 6-0, including a 3-0 record in pool play and a perfect 3-0 in bracket play. They were able to win close 4-3 decisions over Los Altos LL and Campbell LL in the pool round. They would beat Los Altos 6-4 in the tournament semi-final, before winning by a comfortable 10-4 margin in the championship game.

The "10s" were powered by a strong pool of pitching that limited their opponents to 3.1 runs per game.

All three teams advance to the Section 5 tournament. As of this publication the Intermediates advanced to the Championship game against Salinas Atlantic LL.

The Section 5 tournament for the 11s is being hosted by Aptos LL from July 11-17. The Section 5 tournament for the 10s will be hosted by our league, with all games being played at Serra Park from July 11-17.

Track all out postseason team scores here.

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