Rocklin Minors claim District 11 TOC title
After falling behind 5-1 to Grass Valley Little League in the second inning, the Rocklin Nine came back to secure the District 11 Tournament of Champions championship 8-7 on Chantry Field in Newcastle Wednesday.
“This is the most fun I’ve ever had in my life in all my years playing baseball and coaching baseball,” said Rocklin Manager Jason Bynum. “This team never quit; we fought every time. The last five games in a row we came back from a deficit and had the will to win.
“This is a great team,” Bynum added. “I wish we could keep playing.”
After Rocklin relief pitcher Brayden Bynum retired Grass Valley on three strikeouts in the top of the fourth, the local A’s bats exploded for four runs to tie the game 5-5.
Brayden Bynum, Cash Miller, Parker Mohninger and Jay McCallister all scored. Earning RBIs that inning were Mohninger, McCallister and Gered Linder had two.
Grass Valley added one more run in the fifth inning, but a triple by McCallister drove in Bynum, Miller and Linder for 8-6 Rocklin lead.
Miller came on in relief of Bynum in the middle of the sixth with the bases loaded and one out, after Bynum reached his pitch-count limit. The gutty Miller walked in a run, but fanned the next batter and then got the final out on a ground ball to Bynum at first.
Rocklin 4, Mid-Placer 3
In a battle that took seven innings, the A’s came up with a big run in the bottom of the seventh to defeat Mid-Placer.
The Mid-Placer Giants had taken an early 3-0 lead, but the Rocklin Nine refused to shake. Brayden Bynum started for Rocklin and Mohninger came on in relief to seal the win and advance the locals into the championship.
In the seventh inning, Brayden led off with a single and reached third base on Mohninger’s base hit. Nico Taylor loaded the bases with a walk to bring up McCallister.
A 2-2 pitch to McCallister missed the mark and Bynum raced home while Mid-Placer scrambled to recover the ball – but too late.
Jake Nelson, Linder and Gianni Pesce also scored for Rocklin. Dylan Wagner had an RBI and Crosby Pilgrim’s triple also brought home a run.
Tri-City A entered into a championship defensive duel against Auburn B and lost a 3-2 decision in the District 11 Majors’ finale on the Sierra Foothills Little League field in Colfax Friday.
After beating Mid-Placer 6-2 Wednesday, Tri-City Little League’s A team beat Lincoln A 14-4 Thursday to advance.
Rocklin A was poised to make the championship a cross-town rival game, but Auburn B came up with one more run in a 2-1 decision Thursday to eliminate the Rocklin club. Rocklin A reached the semifinal game against Auburn by defeating Lincoln 17-7 Tuesday.
Rocklin A was 2-0 heading into Thursday’s semifinal game against Auburn B, also 2-0. Rocklin A defeated Nevada City B 12-2 Saturday and Lincoln B 17-7 Tuesday.
Rocklin B was eliminated by Tri-City A 10-0 Saturday.
Monday, Tri-City A also defeated Sierra Foothills A 10-3. Wednesday night, Tri-City A defeated Mid-Placer A 6-2.
Tri-City B fell to Lincoln A 8-3 Saturday. And Tri-City A eliminated Rocklin B 10-0 Saturday.
Rocklin Little League emerged as champions defeating Sierra Foothills 5-3 Sunday.
The Rocklin Nine opened the tournament with a 13-9 win over Auburn.