Auburn juniors go down

Auburn’s Junior All-Stars to face Tri-City tonight while 10/11s and 9/10s are eliminated
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By Journal Sports Staff Two hard-throwing, crafty pitchers dueled Wednesday night in Rocklin in the District 11, Area 1 Little League Junior tournament. Auburn’s Jake Lewis was the victim of a couple of bad hops and some timely line drives off Rocklin bats. Meanwhile Austin Dick rode a tight fastball and sensational defense to a complete game shutout. Rocklin took the winner’s bracket showdown 4-0 to earn a spot in the championship round. Auburn will need to beat Tri-City tonight at 6:30 p.m. to earn another shot at the host team in the double-elimination tournament. Lewis used his sweeping curveball to strike out four in 5 2/3 innings of work for Auburn. The 14-year-old lefty gave up four runs, including two on a nasty hop on a ground ball hit by Evan Durgarian in the top of the fifth. Durgarian’s two-out single put Rocklin on top 4-0 and gave Dick plenty of insurance. He didn’t need it. Dick threw just 76 pitches in the seven-inning game in earning the win. Eddie Vanderdoes’ single in the fourth was the only Auburn hit. Auburn’s Colin Mitchell provided the defensive gem of the night with a diving catch in center field to end the top of the seventh inning. Kodiak Gregerson, who relieved Lewis in the sixth, made an outstanding play on a ball hit back to him to lead off the seventh. The ball deflected off his leg to his left and he scrambled to grab it and make a strong throw to first to get the runner. 10/11-year-olds Rocklin stormed back from a 5-1 deficit in its final at-bat to eliminate Auburn from the Area 1 tournament Wednesday night in Lincoln. Auburn’s Gavin Oyer led off the game with a triple and sparked a three-run rally in the first for the visitors. Auburn tacked on two more runs to back pitcher Radd Thomas, who lasted five innings and gave up just three hits while striking out four. But Rocklin rallied, using a sacrifice fly to score the winning run in the sixth. Taylor Levesque finished 2-for-2 to pace the Auburn offense. Oyer was 2-for-4 and Jordan Wood had an RBI-double. Luis Burrola added an RBI-single. “It was a heartbreaker,” Auburn manager Tony Madrigal said. “There’s a real good bond between all these kids. They have a lot of pride playing for a small town like Auburn and competing against these bigger teams. They put up a really good fight.” On Tuesday night, the Auburn All-Stars edged Lincoln 5-4, using a dramatic rally in the bottom of the sixth inning. Madrigal drove a 3-2 pitch over the fence for a three-run home run to tie the game with no outs. Wood scored the winning run on a hit up the middle by Levesque. Wood, who had two doubles in the game, pitched 5 2/3 outstanding innings, striking out six and giving up one unearned run. Radd Thomas got the final out in the top of the sixth inning to get the win. Gavin Oyer had a single to lead off the bottom of the sixth and Luis Burrola reached on an error. 9/10-year-olds The Auburn All-Stars were eliminated from the Area 1 tournament Wednesday night, falling to Lincoln at Beggs Field. Auburn led 2-0 early and battled back from a 5-2 deficit to make it a one-run game, but couldn’t keep pace with hot-hitting Lincoln. Vinnie Lopez smacked a three-run double to pace the Auburn offense. Travis Taylor added an RBI-single. Brian Stangland made an outstanding catch in center field to highlight the defensive effort. Lincoln will face Tri-City tonight at Beggs Field at 7 p.m. in the championship round.