The two semifinals spots from Pool A in the Little League division of the District 65 All-Star Tournament are filled.

Orcutt National and Santa Maria Westside have filled them.

Orcutt National defeated Westside 6-1 at C.C. Oakley Park, Westside's home site, Saturday. Nipomo beat Santa Maria Northside 4-2. Orcutt National, Westside and Nipomo all wound up 2-1 in Pool A, but Orcutt National and Westside advance to the semifinals by virtue of the runs against tiebreaker.

Orcutt National gave up four runs. Westside gave up nine and Nipomo allowed 13. Northside, the defending District 65 champion, finished 0-3.

Lompoc National (2-0) defeated Santa Maria Southside (0-3) 14-7 in a Pool B game. No other details on that game were available at press time.

Orcutt National scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning Saturday. Quentin Sims singled home one run, and Sam Halop doubled home two more.

Taylor Mowatt drew a bases-loaded walk to force home a run. The victors benefited from three walks and a hit batsman in the first inning.

Orcutt National takes on the second-place team from Pool B July 12 at 5 p.m. at Oakley in the first semifinal. Westside plays the Pool B winner at 5 p.m. the next day in the second one. The championship game is July 15.

Lompoc National and Orcutt American (2-0) lead five-team Pool B. Lompoc American is 2-1.

Westside drew within 4-1 in the top of the fourth Saturday. Ralph Suarez Jr. singled, went to second base on an error and then scored on Dario Guerrero's single.

Orcutt National responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning. Chris Llanera singled home the last one.

Pitcher John Velazquez earned his second tournament complete game win for Orcutt National. He allowed only three hits and struck out nine.

Guerrero relieved Westside's starting pitcher in the first inning and pitched well. Orcutt National wound up with five hits.

Nipomo 4, Northside 2

Nipomo shrugged off a pair of unearned Northside runs in the top of the first. Pitcher Jacob Cano hurled a two-hit complete game.

He also hit his second and third home runs of the tournament. Cano tied the game with a two-run home run over the center field fence in the first inning.

Cano hit one even farther for a solo homer in the top of the fifth. The ball landed on a grass slope at least 10 feet beyond the fence. Cano had three hits.

In the third inning, Dean Marchiano reached first base on an error. Eric Penningroth doubled pinch runner Robbie Cruz over to third base, and then Cruz scored on a wild pitch.

Ruben T. Peinado had both of Northside's hits. After a pair of errors in the first, Peinado doubled home Ruben Peinado (same name, different player) and Kevin Lindgren.

Southside plays Village Hills (0-2) at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the next tournament game. Pool B play winds up the following Saturday, with Lompoc American facing Lompoc National at 10 a.m., and Orcutt American taking on Village Hills at 1 p.m. Lompoc National and Orcutt American play at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

July 4, 2004


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