Two teams have emerged undefeated in each of the three pools after the first round of play in the Petaluma Major Division Little League Championship Tournament. The surprise is that only one top-seeded team is among the unbeatens.
The tournament features every Major Division Little League team in town to compete for the City Championship. Teams are seeded in one of three pools and play four games each within their own pool. The first two teams within each pool, along with two wildcard teams, then enter a single-elimination tournament leading up to the championship game to be played on Friday, June 13. The championship game will be played for the first time under the lights on the Petaluma American Little League's newly lighted Lucchesi Major Field.
Whitman from the Petaluma Valley League is the only undefeated No. 1 seed after two games, joining the Petaluma Police from the Valley League atop the Pool A standings. Athletic Edge from the Petaluma American League and EMG from the Petaluma National League are both 1-1, while Autoworld from the American league and McNear's from the National league have lost their first two games. The Petaluma Police have been the most dominat team in the pool, scoring 23 runs, while giving up just two.
There were some surprises in Pool B where the Athletic Edge, the Valley's No. 5 seed, and Elks Lodge 901, the National League's No. 4 seed, emerged undefeated after the first two games. Century 21, the No. 2 seed from the Valley, and No. 1 seed Pinky's Pizza from the National are both 1-1 while Petaluma Valley Athletic Club from the American, SJLA from the National and Henris Roofing from the American are still winless.
Ohana Construction, the No. 5 seed from the National League, was the surprise in Pool C, winning its first two games to match No. 2 seed Beyond the Glory, also from the National League. Beyond the Glory, the No. 1 seed from the American League, and Maselli & Sons from the American are both 1-1, while Roland from the Valley and Lucky 7 from the National are both 0-2.
Pool play continues this week.