Little League Baseball brings tournament to Pacific’s Klein Field

The Northern California Big League Baseball Division tournament opens for a week-long run on Saturday, July 2, 2016, at 7 p.m., hosted by California District 8 Little League at Klein Family Field, University of the Pacific. As part of the Little League International Tournament, five Northern California teams, including the District 8 team from Stockton, will vie for the Division II championship and the opportunity to represent Northern California at Little League’s Western Region Big League Tournament in Bremerton, Washington. The winner of the Western Region tournament moves on to the Big League World Series which starts July 26 in Easley, South Carolina. Big League baseball is a division of Little League Baseball for players age 15-18.

More information contact: Dee Dee Martinez, District Administrator, CA District 8 Little League,

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Delta College Baseball advances to State Final Four

For the third straight weekend the Mustangs swept their playoff series.  They defeated Cosumnes River College 12-7 and 13-4.  In game one the Mustangs had 18 hits and starting pitcher Mickey Wright allowed only two earned runs.  Marcus Vidales and Nick Poirier were both 4 for 5 and Joe Montes had a 3 run homer.  The Mustangs opened game two with 1st inning home runs by Nick Poirier and Chris Williams to take the lead 3-1.  The team had 15 hits, including another homer from Williams and starting pitcher Alex Dentoni gave up only two earned runs.  Calvin Riley closed both games.  The Mustangs open the state championships at noon on Saturday vs Golden West College.  The double elimination state championship tournament is at Fresno City College


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Busy Sports Week on Tap for Stockton

Stockton’s sporting facilities are packed full this coming week with a variety of events.  Whether you like baseball, softball, golf, soccer, or just good family fun, it is a great time to head on out to one of our facilities to check out all of the action.

Some of the highlights include:

Friday-Sunday:  California Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA Division II Conference) brings their conference softball championships to the beautiful Arnaiz Softball Complex off of Morada Lane.  Head on out and cheer on Sonoma State University, Chico State University, UC San Diego, or Humboldt State University as they compete for the conference championship and an automatic bid into the NCAA softball championships.  Tickets are only $8.00 per day for adults.

Sunday-Wednesday:  National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) brings their Division II Women’s Golf Super Regionals to Stockton’s Brookside Golf & Country Club.  Golfers from colleges from California, Washington, Texas, Oklahoma and other states converge on Stockton to compete for the NCAA Regional Trophy and for the right to proceed to Denver for the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships!  This event is FREE for spectators to come out and watch!

Saturday:  The University of the Pacific Baseball Team competes at Klein Family Field as they try to secure one of the top four spots in the West Coast Conference.  Come out and cheer on the Tigers, but also stay for the post-game fireworks.

Sunday-Saturday:  The Stockton Ports return home Sunday for a 7 game homestand that is stocked full of promotions and fun.  Sunday is a day game, so if you go out then…be sure to bring some sunscreen.

There is tons to do in Stockton.  Even if you aren’t a fan of sports, take the time to come out and cheer on the competitors, thank them for coming to Stockton, and acknowledge the fact that these events bring a large amount of economic impact to the City of Stockton.

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Stockton’s “on the clock” as March Madness approaches

The 2015-2016 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Women’s Basketball season comes to an end tonight in Indianapolis.  This marks yet another step closer to Stockton hosting one of the Regional Rounds (Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight Rounds) next year.

Planning for this event has been going on for the last couple of months, and this coming year will be full of meetings, community presentations and other events to get the word out and build excitement in town.  This event, which will bring an estimated $1.5 million dollars of economic impact to the city, is our chance to showcase Stockton to the nation, but also showcase Stockton to the NCAA management staff in the hopes of being able to host additional events in the years to come.

Community support will be a vital part of this.  Whether it is welcoming the teams and staff to town if you see them out and about, or attending the games (three games over two days) and cheering them on…we want the teams to leave Stockton with good memories, whether they leave as the Regional Champion or not.

IF you are a member of a community organization (Rotary Club, Lions Club, etc) we would love to hear from you to schedule a time to have members of the planning committee come out and review this exiting event.  IF you have a community event going on in town between August of 2016 and March of 2017 we would love to hear from you and be a part of your event to promote this.

This event is like no others that has been to town, with that, we need to treat it as such and do all we can to fill our beautiful downtown arena so that the nation can see how much Stockton appreciates and supports sporting events.

If you are interested in finding out more, or have ideas as to how we might promote this event, please feel free to reach out to one of the Tournament Managers:

Mike Kelly, Assistant Athletic Director – University of the Pacific (


Tim Pasisz, Sports & Tourism Development Director – Visit Stockton (

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Delta College is Packed full of Action this Week!

This week we have a number of home athletic events:

  • Tuesday – Baseball vs Modesto at 2:30.
  • Tuesday – Softball vs Santa Rosa at 3:00.
  • Wednesday – Men’s Golf at The Reserve at Spanos at noon.
  • Friday – Swimming and Diving: Big 8 Diving Invitational at 11:00
  • Saturday – Swimming and Diving: Diving and Sprint meet at 11:00.
  • Saturday – Softball hosts a double header vs Cosumnes River at noon.

Baseball: The team started Big 8 play with a 4-3 win over Modesto. Saturday’s game at Modesto will have to be rescheduled due to field conditions. This week they are home against Modesto at 2:30 on Tuesday. Saturday they play at Cosumnes River.

Men’s Golf: They had last week off from competition and compete at home this Wednesday at the Reserve at Spanos at Noon.

Softball: The team went 2-1 this week. The defeated Folsom Lake 10-3 on Tuesday and split with Sierra on Saturday (8-5, 4-5). This week they are home vs Santa Rosa at 3:00 on Tuesday and home again on Saturday at noon in a double header against Cosumnes River.

Swimming and Diving: At the 23 team Cuesta Invitational both the women’s and men’s Delta teams finished in 4th place. This Friday the swimmers compete at the Big 8 Invitational at Diablo Valley, while we host the Big 8 Invitational Diving meet here at Delta at 11:00. On Saturday the team hosts the Delta Invitational Diving and Sprint meet on Saturday at 11:00.

Track and Field: The teams competed in the Jack Albiani Invitational at Modesto this weekend. On the men’s side strong performances were turned in by Gerard Featherson (1st 110 hurdles), Louie Berandicou (3rd pole vault), Stanley Young (3rd triple jump) and Julio Nicaragua (3rd steeplechase). For the women Laury Ashly Diboki was 2nd in high jump, 2nd triple jump, and 3rd in shotput while teammates Joy Bragg (3rd pole vault) and Shapre Jones (2nd shot) also placed high. This Saturday they compete at the Hornet Invitational at CSU Sacramento.

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Greater San Joaquin ASA Softball holds Hall of Fame Ceremony

It was a fantastic evening at the Greater San Joaquin Hall of Fame Ceremony on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at the Lodi Grape Festival Grounds.  Over 100 people attended the ceremony that not only celebrated our new inductees but also presented awards to our 2015 Volunteer of The Year, National Tournament Umpires of 2015 and our 2015 National Champions.

ASA Commissioner Matt Pfeifer served as the Master of Ceremonies of this event.  “Every year I run this program amazes me how many deserving people we have to be put into this Hall of Fame.  However, the best part is watching the interaction of past inductees who get to see each other once a year.  To me, that is really special.”

We had one National Champion this year.  The Men’s 60 and Over Fast Pitch team “Airtronics” won the 60+ Masters event held in Seattle, Washington.

Five umpires were recognized for working National Championships last year.  Alan Blanchard, Ken Castro, Zach Menasco, Gene Jones and Matt Harrington were awarded a special National Championships pin developed by our local association.

Jim Hunter was honored with our Volunteer of the Year award this year.  His dedication to our umpire program is unsurpassed.  He serves as an administrator, treasurer, does payroll, registrations, as well as sits on the Board of Directors.  He accomplished all this while recovering from triple bypass surgery and weeks of rehab.  His service is invaluable and our appreciation does not go un-noticed.

After the Awards, the Hall of Fame Ceremony began:

Vergil Jocson, Umpire

Vergil has been an umpire for Greater San Joaquin for over 30 years,  He has worked six National Championships, 3 of them being Majors.  He is also very involved in NCAA, where he works in 9 conferences and has had several Regional and State Championship assignments.  Vergil, is well respected and never falters from helping new or upcoming umpires from getting better.  Vergil was unable to attend the Ceremony due to prior commitments, however he will be formally honored next year.

Mark Santillano, Player

“Sant” as he is known by his fellow teammates was and still is an outstanding ball player.  He has played on several men’s fast pitch teams in “Open”,“A”,and “B”. Division.  He has been on Several National Championship fast pitch teams in ASA, NAFA and ISC.  He has may All Tournament Team awards, All World awards and All Tourneys.  His dedication to the game and willingness to do whatever it takes to make the team better is what he is known for. “ Sant” hates to lose, and is a fierce competitor.  He is well respected by his competition and has many friends amongst the game.

Dave Dodson, Player

Dave Dodson is the ultimate teammate.  He pitched for many Men’s fast pitch softball teams and was very successful.  A very humble person, Dave likes to say he was an OK pitcher, but he always had the best batting average on the team, hitting .500 going 2 for 4.  Dave played for many teams winning awards and National Championships.  Today, Dave is a co-owner of Lodi Sports Academy which develops young athletes to be successful both in softball and in life.

Bob Regpala,  Manager/Administrator

Coach Bob has been coaching girls softball for over 35 years.  He began in 1980 coaching the Tremors in Lodi, CA.  Bob has coached in over 20 National Tournaments, finishing as high as 2nd place four times.  He likes to say he lost to Lisa Fernandez twice and Jenny Finch once.  His teams finished in the top ten, 11 times.  Bob was the head coach for the USA in the Pre-World games held in Canada in 1985.  He also coached at Lincoln High School where his team was section champions 10 times and given the distinction of being the #1 team in the country four times.  Bob has sent over 250 girls to school on scholarships, which he says is the most gratifying part of his career.  Bob is still involved as the President and coach of the Running Rebels organization in Stockton, CA

Marco Marciasini, Manager

Marco Marciasini has been a player and manager for over 20 years,  His competed with Italian Athletic Club Men’s fast pitch since 1999 where his team qualified to play in National Championships nine times in ASA as well as several NAFA and ISC appearances, winning two ASA, one NAFA and one ISC Championships.  Marco is known by his recruiting skills as well as all the little things it takes to be a successful manager of a Men’s fast pitch team.  As a consummate professional, he has always held his head high and lead by example.

What a great night it was.

The Greater San Joaquin Softball Association is always looking for nominations for it’s future classes.  Anyone can nominate someone.  To nominate someone and have them go before the committee, download the nomination form from our website at and follow the direction for submission.  Nominations are due by Thanksgiving every year for the following year’s class.

Pictured left to right:

2016 Hall Of Fame Inductees:

From left to Right:  Mark Santillano, Bob Regpala, Dave Dodson, Marco Marciasini and ASA Commissioner Matt Pfeifer.   Not Pictured: Vergil Jocson

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Come support Delta at final basketball games of season

I want to invite everyone to our final regular season basketball games this Friday. The men’s game is at 5:30 with the women playing at 7:30. These are Pack the House games where we are expecting a large crowd. There will be several events during the games including:

  • Proceeds from the gate will be donated to cancer research. These are Coaches vs Cancer games.
  • Mustang Meal Deal: hot dog, chips, and water/soda – $2.50
  • Games/prizes during time outs: dance competition, races, and more.
  • Tee shirt give-away: T-shirts thrown into the crowd when Delta makes a 3 pointer.
  • Faculty/Staff Appreciation prior to each game. Faculty/Staff to be honored:
    • Men’s Game: Vivian Harper, Andrew Jones & Loren Lukens
    • Women’s game: Paula Sheil, Amir Assadi-Rad, & Tyffani Upton

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NCAA begins their stint in Stockton

2016 will mark the first of three consecutive years that the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) will be in Stockton.  Hosting a NCAA event is a prestigious rite of passage for a University and a City.  It is not easy to be awarded the right to host an event, let alone four events in three years.  However, Stockton has been awarded this right and it is time to show the NCAA just how thankful we are.

The events Stockton has been awarded are:

  • 2016 Division II Women’s Golf Super-Regionals (at Brookside Golf & Country Club)
  • 2017 Division I Women’s Basketball Regionals (at Stockton Arena)
  • 2017 Division II Men’s Golf Western Regionals (at Brookside Golf & Country Club)
  • 2018 Division I Men’s Golf Regionals (at The Reserve at Spanos Park)

Although the biggest event of the four is definitely the Women’s Basketball Regionals, each of these events are just as important as the other.  The events must be executed flawlessly by the host facility, the host hotel(s), and the staff assigned to the event…but most importantly, community involvement is crucial.  The NCAA wants their student-athletes and participating institutions to feel welcomed into the community and for there to be an excitement surrounding the event.

The golf events are 100% free to attend and observe, even if you go out for an hour to check out the play, to observe the athletes at the driving range, or to see the course yourself, please do head out there.

Although the basketball event is not free to attend, the tickets will be very reasonably priced.  Those of us charged with planning and operating the event have taken on the challenge of making sure our regional (we are 1 of 4 of them occurring over the same weekend) has the highest attendance of any of them.  That is our chance to show the nation we are excited to serve as a host on national television.  Mark your calendars now for that weekend, plan on coming out and cheering on some of the best basketball teams in the country.

Event Dates:

2016 Division II Women’s Golf Super-Regionals:          May 2-4, 2016

2017 Division I Women’s Basketball Regionals:             Weekend of March 24th (exact dates unknown as of now)

2017 Division II Men’s Golf Western Regionals:            May 8-10, 2017

2018 Division I Men’s Golf Regionals:                              May 13-16, 2018

For specific event information, visit our website at or and click on the appropriate sport.

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Busy Year Awaits Us in 2016….

Another busy year of sports is coming up in 2016.  Stockton, known to put on top quality sporting events, will serve host to several key national championship events as well as will serve host to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for the first time…in what will be (at least) three years in a row.

SOME of the key sporting events for the year include:


CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Wrestling Championships

Facility:                 Stockton Arena

Dates:                   February 26 and 27


California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Conference Basketball Championships

Facility:                 Stockton Arena

Dates:                   March 4 and 5


California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Conference Softball Championships

Facility:                 Arnaiz Softball Complex

Dates:                   April 29 to May 1


National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II Women’s Golf Super Regionals

Facility:                 Brookside Golf & Country Club

Dates:                   May 2 to 4


California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Conference Baseball Championships

Facility:                 Stockton Ballpark (Banner Island Ballpark)

Dates:                   May 12 to 14


West Coast Conference (WCC) Conference Baseball Championships

Facility:                 Stockton Ballpark (Banner Island Ballpark)

Dates:                   May 26 to 28


USA/ASA Softball National 10u Softball Championships

Facility:                 Arnaiz Softball Complex

Dates:                   July 31 to August 7


Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) US Masters National Championships

Facility:                 Oak Grove Regional Park

Dates:                   September 9 to 11


Visit Stockton Pacific Invitational Collegiate Golf Tournament

Facility:                 Stockton Golf & Country Club

Dates:                   October 27 to 29


This list is just a small part of the on-goings within Stockton.  Naturally there are hundreds of other events that local organizers put on.  For more information on any of these events, or to check on events that might be happening on any given day, please visit

Coming up in 2017 – the BIGGEST event that Stockton has seen as it comes to size of event, national exposure and economic impact.  The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has awarded Stockton the right to host the Division I Women’s Basketball Regional Rounds (Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight Rounds).  The event will happen the final weekend of March, 2017 with games being held either Saturday and Monday or Sunday and Tuesday.  More information will be released when possible.

Be sure to follow the event page on Facebook for the latest information:

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A Busy 2015 in Stockton’s Sports World….

2015 was yet another busy year for sporting events in Stockton.  Of course we had the Stockton Ports Baseball Team, the final season of the Stockton Thunder Hockey Team, the start of the Stockton Heat Hockey Club and the University of the Pacific’s events….but we also featured several other unique events that came to town to compete and bring economic impact to our city.

Although there’s sporting events every weekend of the year, the new events to Stockton began with the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) bringing four conference championship tournaments to town.  In March, the Stockton Arena was filled with the tournament’s men’s and women’s basketball tournament (2015 marked the first time the event was in town).  This event filled the city’s hotels and was the first of a couple practices for the city to prepare for the 2017 NCAA Women’s Regionals Basketball event in March of 2017.  The CCAA stint in town continued after basketball with the Golf, Softball and Baseball Championships as well.

The West Coast Conference brought their Conference Baseball Championships back to the Stockton Ballpark (aka Banner Island Ballpark) on Memorial Day Weekend again in 2015.  2015 marked the third year of the initial three year contract and thankfully, due to the support of the residents of Stockton…the event was successful enough that the West Coast Conference is bringing it back once again in 2016!

Now to the most unique event, and what ended up being the largest event of 2015, the USA Racquetball Junior Olympics.  This event brought youth racquetball competitors from across the country to Stockton for the nearly week-long event.  In total, 699 hotel rooms were filled and over $340,000.00 was dumped into Stockton’s economy.

Visit Stockton is happy to work with local, regional, and national sporting event organizers to promote sporting events in Stockton and to bring new, exciting events to town.  In total, we partnered with nearly 30 event organizers in 2015 on more than 70 different sporting events.  These events brought in approximately $4 million dollars to our economy and supported our venues, hotels and businesses in town.

We look forward to an exciting 2016 full of more events (keep an eye out for the 2016 preview article in the next couple of days) and are working tirelessly preparing for events as far away as 2022.

As always, if anyone has ideas for sporting events that could succeed in Stockton, please feel free to reach out to Visit Stockton.  We are constantly looking for new events and more ideas to help Stockton’s economy.

From all of us at Visit Stockton, Happy New Years – here’s to a safe and successful 2016.  Thank you for being the great sports community that you are and for supporting the events that come to town.

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