Rocklin Nationals rally to claim No. 2 spot in District 11 TOC

Red Sox hopes slip away
By: Jim Linsdau/Placer Herald Sports Editor
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In dramatic fashion, the Rocklin Little League Majors Nationals waited until the last two innings to erase a four-run Red Sox lead and come away with a 7-6 victory Tuesday in the local tournament to determine the ?B? team for the District 11 Tournament of Champions. After a Nats? runner called out at the plate was later ruled safe to tie the game 6-6, Kyle Dyson stepped to the plate in the bottom half of the sixth inning with Cade DeMarr on second base. Dyson drove a shot to the fence to score DeMarr and clinch the win. ?We?ve had a couple of games like this where the kids don?t look at the scoreboard and they take care of business. I can?t be prouder of these kids; I can?t be prouder,? said Nationals Manager Jay Lang. ?That was the second time that Kyle Dyson has come up big in the sixth inning. Kyle Dyson, if I had a tournament player it would be him.? The play at the plate where Red Sox pitcher Jonah Dionne appeared to tag out Zack Monroy was overturned when it was ruled Dionne obstructed the runner. The reverse call was made because Dionne attempted to block the plate before he had the ball. Also scoring for the Washington Nine were Dyson, Matt Lang and Trent Mebust. DeMarr scored twice. Also doubling in the contest was Jake Danna; singles were recorded by DeMarr, Dyson, David Barsatti, Mebust and Danna. Pitcher Barsatti had eight strikeouts in the game. I don?t want to take anything away from the Red Sox, they battled, said Manager Lang. ?They beat the No. 1 team in this tournament Saturday.? The Sox got doubles from Dionne (2) and Blake Hall. Singles were hit by Dionne (2), Hall (2), Callun Janis, Matthew Ford (2), Ben Mangelsdorf (2) and Noah Reynolds (2). Ford was the starting pitcher and had seven strikeouts. The Nationals will open the district TOC against Nevada City ?A? at 5 p.m. June 21. The tournament is being hosted by Tri-City. TOURNAMENT RECAP The No. 2 seed Cardinals fell to the Red Sox Club in the semifinals 15-14. In the quarterfinals, the Nats topped the Mets 4-3 and the Boston Boys eliminated the Giants 8-7. The Cardinals beat the Cubs 14-11, the A?s downed the Dodgers 1-3 and the Cubs prevailed over the Rangers 5-4. The Yankees automatically advanced with the best regular season record. They will also battle Tri-City?s Cardinals for Top of the Rock honors Friday, 6:30 p.m., at Twin Oaks Park. Nationals 13, A?s 12 The Nationals managed to outlast the A?s Saturday, a team that came in with a 10-8 record overall. The A?s troubles started early. The Nats built an 11-3 lead over three innings and appeared headed for a 10-rule win. The margin was aided by six A?s errors. ?The Nationals? team puts the ball in play a lot so I did expected them to put the ball in play,? said Athletics? Manager Jamie Gomes. ?They just hit it where we weren?t and we gave away a couple outs, which happens at this age.? The Oakland Nine fought back in a game that featured five home runs ? four by the A?s. The Athletics scored three in the first inning but Nationals? starting pitcher Henry Strecker settled down by the second and blanked the A?s through three. But the East Bay Boys caught up with Strecker in the fifth to score five runs and narrow the deficit to two. The Nats then brought in left-hander Matt Corsetti who quelled the rally with a strikeout. The A?s rallied in the sixth, but with two outs Nationals? catcher Matt Lang gunned down an A?s runner trying to steal second base for the final out. Hitting home runs for the A?s were Alex Ghalamaker (solo), Davis Gomes (2, solo) and a three-run shot by Ian Stoner. Davis Gomes also had a triple in the contest. Collecting doubles were Ghalamaker and Spencer Bass. Hitting singles were Matt Schneider, Bass, Kyle Shack (2), Camden Murphy and Stoner. Starting pitcher for the A?s was Davis Gomes. ?(The A?s) should be holding their heads high as they?re walking around the ballpark because they showed heart, character and determination,? said Manager Gomes. ?They left it all on the field. I couldn?t be more proud of our boys; they played fantastic the entire season.? The Nationals? Danna hit a solo home run in the first inning. Davis Gomes tripled to open that inning and also had a double and a single. Also hitting doubles for the Nats were Barsatti and Lang. Getting base hits were DeMarr (2), Bradley Rawlinson (2), Dyson, Strecker, and Lang. Nationals 7, Red Sox 6 R H E Red Sox 2 0 2 0 0 2 ? 6 13 3 Nationals 0 0 0 0 3 4 ? 7 8 1