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LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL

Rocklin Majors All-Stars go down swinging in Area 1 tournament

By: Joshua Gutierrez Placer Herald Correspondent
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An 11-9 loss to the Auburn in the District 11, Area 1 Majors All-Star tournament left Rocklin one game shy of reaching the championship game July 6. In the final game, both teams came out swinging. Each had double-digit-hit totals and swapped the lead on five occurrences. Rocklin at one point took a commanding 9-4 lead with a five-run-fourth inning. Trevor Barnes and Davis Gomes contributed back-to-back run-scoring singles. But the offensive highlight was Aaron Snell?s bases-clearing double for three runs batted in. Unfortunately for Rocklin fans, the lead was not safe. Auburn tied the score in the bottom half of the inning. An inning later, Auburn scored two runs to complete the comeback. Lincoln 8, Rocklin 6 ? July 5 The night before, Rocklin played in another memorable game against the Lincoln All-Stars. Rocklin displayed a powered performance in an 8-6 loss. Barnes and Tanner Ashby each doubled, while Sam Portello had a solo-home run in the third inning. Brooks McKeighan had a night to remember. On the mound, he struck out five Lincoln batters but his biggest contribution was at the plate. In the fourth-inning, McKeighan knocked out a 1-2 offering to give Rocklin the lead 4-3. His second home run came with his team down by four in the last frame. McKeighan?s shot drove in two runs to cut the lead in half. The effort shown by this All-Star was telling of the resiliency of Manager Mooney?s squad throughout the entire tournament. Rocklin 3, Tri-City 1 ? July 3 Rocklin?s first-round matchup against Tri-City was a platform for Andrew Mooney?s pitching. The starting pitcher amassed five-innings of work on way to a 3-1 victory. Mooney struck out eight batters against two hits and allowed no earned runs. Ashby gave his pitcher all the support he needed with a two-run home run in the third-inning. Just for security, McKeighan launched a solo-home run the very next inning. Rocklin finished the tournament with a 1-2 record, but the record did not reflect the intensity of each game or the resilient attitude shown by the players. ?Such a great group of kids,? said Manager Mike Mooney. ?Every single minute was a blast.? Catcher Nikolas McLaughrey and Sam Portello took pleasure in their All-Star experience. ?I had a lot of fun,? said McLaughrey. ?We did a lot of activities.? ?It was fun overall,? said Portello. ? We had some good times during practices and at the games.? 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E Auburn All-Stars 1 0 3 0 5 2 13 14 1 Rocklin All-Stars 2 0 2 5 0 0 11 10 2 Auburn AB H R BI Bardecki,rf 4 2 2 0 Corkery,ss 3 1 2 0 Hanson,c 3 1 2 1 Van Riper,lf 3 2 2 2 Solis,2b 4 2 1 1 Maloney,1b 4 3 1 4 Bararad,3b 3 1 1 1 Marcioni,ph 1 0 0 0 Tuttle,p 1 1 0 0 Callahan,ph 3 1 0 2 Kerrigan,cf 2 0 0 0 Salatich,ph 1 0 0 0 Total 32 14 11 11 2B: Bardecki (2), Van Riper (1), Maloney (1), Callahan (1) LOB: 5 Rocklin AB H R BI Portello,cf 2 1 2 0 Ashby,2b 4 0 0 0 McKeighan,lf 2 1 1 0 Alexander,ph 1 1 2 0 Mooney,1b 3 1 1 1 Barnes,3b 3 3 1 2 Gomes,ss 4 1 1 3 Snell,p 3 1 0 3 Wright,rf 2 0 0 0 Waltermire,ph 1 0 0 0 Schneider,c 2 1 0 0 McLaughry 0 0 1 0 Total 27 10 9 9 2B: Mooney (1), Snell (1) LOB: 6 Auburn IP H ER SO Casey Tuttle 2.0 5 3 2 Kuba Bardecki 1.0 1 2 2 Matthew Corkery 3.0 4 4 4 Total 6.0 10 9 8 Rocklin IP H ER SO Aaron Snell 4.0 9 7 3 Tanner Ashby 0.2 3 2 1 Trevor Barnes 1.1 2 2 2 Total 6.0 14 11 6