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Pleasanton Preps: Deep playoff run ends at regionals for Tri-Valley Babe Ruth 13s

Local all-stars out after two losses to Lone Peak -- coached by ex-Foothill legend
The Tri-Valley Babe Ruth 13-year-old all-star team, shown here after winning the NorCal tournament earlier this summer.

The Tri-Valley Babe Ruth 13-year-old all-star team saw their postseason run come to an end last week in the Pacific Southwest Regional in Taft in Kern County.

After winning the Northern California title earlier this summer, Tri-Valley advanced to the regionals in hopes of qualifying for the World Series -- an event the 14-year-old Tri-Valley team won last summer.

Tri-Valley opened the tournament with a 13-1 win over the team from Simi Valley, but then fell 9-3 to Lone Peak, Utah.

Faced with having to go through the loser's bracket, Tri-Valley did come back and beat Madera 2-0 and Torrance 9-2, but they were eliminated from the tournament with a 10-3 loss to Lone Peak again.

Lone Peak is coached by former Foothill athletic legend Gary Daniels.

Tri-Valley ended the summer with a 6-2 record.

Tri-Valley Preps Playbook

The Tri-Valley Preps Playbook, a weekly email newsletter that goes inside the East Bay Athletic League, will return for its third year, kicking off the 2023-24 sports season on Aug. 15.

The Playbook brings you stories about athletes, teams and issues involving the EBAL schools. The Big Picture is the highlight each week, as it is the in-depth feature you get new every Tuesday. The new girls' flag football league in the EBAL will be the opening week profile.

Also back are the popular EBAL Power Rankings, which will rank the football, flag football and girls' volleyball teams in the fall.

The Fast Five is back as well, featuring athletes from around the EBAL answering five non-sports related questions, giving the readers a chance to get to know our local athletes a little bit better.

The Playbook is free, but you need to subscribe. It will appear every Tuesday afternoon in your inbox throughout the school year.

Please go to to sign up for the Tri-Valley Preps Playbook. Once again, it's free and will keep you up to date on all things EBAL!

Fall high school sports

Even if it feels like we just started summer vacation, the "official" start date for high school sports is rapidly approaching!

Believe it or not, next Monday (Aug. 7) is the first day our local high school teams can "officially" start practice. For the fall sports, that means football, water polo, girls' volleyball, cross-country, girls' tennis, girls' golf and making its debut this year, girls' flag football.

The start of the fall season also means it's time for me to start pleading for help collecting results this year. It will take all of 15-20 minutes a week to get the results turned in to me for publication.

My deadline is the same -- noon on Sunday. The key: You do not need to wait until Sunday to turn in the results but can turn them in once your team is done competing for the week.

We are coming off a great spring season so let's keep the ball rolling. Remember, you don't have to be creative -- that's my job. Just get me the information and I will turn it into a story.

Let's run through the fall sports and what is needed.

Football: Who played, final score, highlights (touchdowns, turnovers, big plays, etc.).

Volleyball: Who played, the scores, highlights (kills, assists, service points, blocks, digs).

Golf: Who played, course, par, top five scores (for both teams).

Tennis: Who played, final score, results of each match.

Cross-country: Event competed, length of race, how team fared, top finishers.

Water polo: Who played, final score, highlights (goals, assists, goalie saves, steals, etc.).

Flag football: Who played, score, highlights (touchdowns, flags pulled, etc.).

As usual we also love to get pictures with the following requirements: It cannot be from another publication, we need the name of the person that took the picture and we need the IDs of the people in the picture.

Send any information or get hold of me with questions at

Editor's note: Dennis Miller is a contributing sports writer for the Pleasanton Weekly. To contact him about his Pleasanton Preps column, email

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