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Rocklin Seniors All Stars make it a season to remember

Club takes game all the way to Western Regionals
By: Danielle Huddlestun Placer Herald Correspondent
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Advancing to the Western Regional Championship tournament is a dream for many Little League players; for the powerhouse Rocklin Senior team it was a reality. The tournament was held in Ontario where the Rocklin Senior All Stars faced their first opponent, Aug. 3. The tournament was based on pool play to determine four semi-final teams. The All Stars played teams from the western United States, with the Rocklin boys being the Northern California representative. Rocklin opened the tournament pool play by defeating Laurel Little League of Montana, 11-1. Next, Rocklin faced Hilo, Hawaii. “This was the best game we played in the tournament, even though we lost 8-7,” said manager, Steven Moller. Kevin Bevilacqua pitched a phenomenal game, shutting down the Hawaii hitters. Tanner McVey hit a shot off the wall, and Taylour Reidt, Evan Durgarian, and Austin Spainhour were key batters for the Rocklin team. Catcher Ryan Alexander threw out a runner at second base at a clutch time in the sixth inning. In spite of Rocklin’s outstanding play, the game ended in Hawaii’s favor by way of a walk-off home run. However, following Hawaii’s victory, the game turned ugly. Hawaii’s players taunted Rocklin’s, showing poor sportsmanship and leaving many with a bad taste following the game. In the final game of pool play, Rocklin secured a win of 22-1 against Mountain Ridge Little League from Nevada. This allowed them to advance to the semi-final game. McVey and Griffin Harrell both pitched impressive games, and Dominic Giampaoli closed out for his second strong game of the tournament. Andrew Goyenetche and Aaron Richmond each had crucial hits. Concluding pool play with a 2-1 record, the boys earned a place in the semi-final game against Southern California’s representative, Manhattan Beach. They absorbed a tough loss, but the team played hard ending an extraordinary All Star season. The team scored over 100 cumulative runs throughout. E-mail Placer Herald Sports at jiml@goldcountrymedia.com