Tri-City 11 All Stars Section 4 Champions

Team now battles to stay alive at Division II tournament
By: Staff Report
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RANCHO MURIETA _ You’re only 11 once so make the best of it, and Tri-City’s Little League All Stars did just that in the Section 4 championship game, July 20. The local nine hammered the horsehide hard and often in downing Land Park Pacific, 30-13. The game appeared it would be close until Tri-City broke it open with 10 runs in the fourth inning, and 12 in the fifth. Although Land Park was swinging some big bats as well, they simply couldn’t keep up that pace. They held a slim 9-8 lead after the third inning, but Tri-City would not be denied. Tri-City had 22 hits in the contest, including five home runs. Then Tri-City’s pitching took hold in the latter innings to end any comeback plans Land Park might have. Nick Ueline took the mound in the fifth inning to record the final three outs. Tri-City is now competing in the Nor-Cal Division Tournament, which started Saturday, Mann Field, Folsom. Division II FOLSOM _ Taking a win-or-go-home situation in hand, Tri City bounced back to eliminate Sutter Buttes All Stars, 9-2, Monday night. Tri-City’s bats again heated up as they scored six runs in the first three innings to effectively put the game out of their opponent’s reach. Nick Eaton started on the mound for Tri-City and pitched three shutout innings to give the local club some breathing room. Eaton eventually gave way to relievers Nick Uelien, Macob Millard, and Hopping. San Ramon was able to scratch out two runs, but couldn’t stave off eventual elimination. Hopping was 4-for-4 at the plate, including an in-the-park home run. Lane Field then followed that performance with a solo blast over the right-centerfield fence. Tri-City stayed alive and now has to win out to capture the Division II championship. Game 1 _ Tri-City opened the Division II Tournament at Mann Field and dropped a close 3-1 decision to San Ramon, Sunday. With Zach Dunkhase on the mound, Tri-City held San Ramon to one run in spite of giving up two singles and a double in the first inning. San Ramon held a 1-0 lead until the third inning when Tri-City knotted up the game. Hopping hit a leadoff triple, and was driven in by Field. Dunhase had a 3-up-3-down inning in the second and seemed to have things under control. San Ramon then put a runner on in the bottom of the third on a fielding error. That set the stage for San Ramon’s cleanup hitter who followed with a 2-run home run. AJ Huggins came on in relief of Dunkhase and was able to keep San Ramon scoreless, but the hard-hitting Tri-City nine just couldn’t put any more runs across. They put two runners on in the top half of the sixth, but could not bring either runner home.