Tri-City adds 10-12 All Stars Section 4 championship
After the Tri-City 10-12 All Stars loaded the bases in the top of the first inning and then struck out Lakeside’s first three batters in the bottom half, it became apparent TCLL was in charge of the title game played in Conlin Park, Sacramento Wednesday, won by Tri-City 7-0.
Although Tri-City did not score until the third inning, it became obvious Lakeside’s five-day, five-game schedule in 100-plus temperatures was taking a toll.
“Lakeside was tired; they played five games in a row and that’s tough to do,” said Tri-City manager Dave Ueltzen. “We had the advantage of one of the wins earlier so we got to rest while they were playing. That took a lot out of them and they’re a good team.”
The night before, against Land Park Pacific, Lakeside battled for a 9-8 victory to advance.
Their reward was to face tall-on-the-mound pitcher Aiden Frost. Frost was throwing BBs and Lakeside could not track them down. Frost finished with 11 strikeouts and gave up just three hits.
Frost also hit the winning run, going yard over the right-field fence in the third inning for a 1-0 lead.
“(Frost) usually closes tournaments for us,” Ueltzen said. “He’s a great pitcher.”
But Ueltzen was quick to emphasize that his club’s strength was playing selflessly as a team. There were some solid plays in the field that helped secure the shutout.
Second baseman Tanner Dykstra made a diving catch of a line drive off the bat of Lakeside’s Gabe Rasmussen to save a base hit. Shortstop Nathan Erickson swept up everything that was hit between second and third base, and Trajan Rogowski hauled in a potential home run at the fence in center field for the final out.
“Teamwork and sticking together,” Ueltzen said, emphasizing that all 14 of his players contribute every game. “Everybody has their role and they do it.”
Batting: Troy Ueltzen (2-3, HR, 2runs, rbi), Erickson (1-4, 2runs, rbi), Frost (2-3, HR, run, 2rbi), Tyler Allen (1-3, rbi), Adam Van Der Kamp (2-3, HR, run, rbi), Gavin Correia (1-2), Tanner Dykstra (1-2), and Jonathan Vavak (run).
Lakeside’s Kevin Braun doubled and Andrew Goozen and Billy Hagman each had a hit. Braun also pitched 4 1/3 innings, with Jimmy Radler and Jack Chufran coming on in relief.
Tri-City continued undefeated through the weekend, beating District 10, Section 7’s Madera 8-3 Saturday and District 52, Section 3’s Half Moon Bay 10-5 Sunday at Alta Mesa Park.
However, TCLL lost a 5-2 decision to District 34, Section 1’s Petaluma Tuesday. Tri-City played Half Moon Bay again in a semifinal game and won 6-2 to advance to meet Petaluma (3-0) in the championship round scheduled for Thursday.
In a pretournament home-run derby, TCLL’s Aiden Weisenberg and Frost shared the title.
Manager Ueltzen said what his team has accomplished would not have been possible without the tremendous support received from the league and the Rocklin community.