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Tri-City All Stars battle to stay alive in Section tournament

By: Staff Report
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Citrus Heights _ Tri-City Juniors All Stars suffered a heartbreaking 9-8 loss to Arden, July 18, but still have their sights set on the championship game. However, they’ll have to take another from Woodcreek’s All Stars to get there. In their first meeting with Woodcreek Tri-City earned a 5-1 decision behind the superb pitching of Logan Webb, Saturday. “Most definitely we plan to be here Thursday,” Woodcreek coach James Penn said after his pitcher scattered six hits over six innings and struck out seven to push Woodcreek one more step through the losers' bracket. "Hopefully, we get another shot at (Tri-City); them or Arden.” Woodcreek was shut down by Webb and relief help in the loss to Tri-City on Saturday in the first round of the Section 4 Tournament. Tri-City suffered a heartbreaking 9-8 loss against Arden Little League, July 18. The Juniors were scheduled to again meet Woodcreek. 9-10 All Stars Game 1 _ Tri-City’s 9-10 All Stars met a solid defense in Woodcreek Little League’s All Stars and fell 2-1 in the opening game of the Section 4 Tournament, Mahany Park, Roseville, Sunday. The game may have turned out differently were it not for a great defensive play by Woodcreek in the first inning. Tri-City’s Dominic Souto tried to stretch into a triple a hit to the wall, but outstanding relay play by Woodcreek cut him down at third. “Nine out of 10 times (Dominic Souto) is safe there, but Woodcreek made a great play,” Tri-City Manager Brian Souto said. “He’s not cocky, but he’s confident that he’s going to be safe on that play. We played a much better team than we had in our last game. If we played this Woodcreek team 10 times, I’m sure it would be an even 5-5 record.” Tri-City picked up two more base hits following that critical play. Woodcreek was able to take a 2-0 lead in the game, which Tri-City was unable to erase. Woodcreek’s pitching then stiffened holding Tri-City’s batters at bay. Tri-City’s run came on a base-on-balls to Levi Bare, who was driven in by Chase Webb. “What an incredible game,” Woodcreek manager Mike Watari said. “We made some big defensive plays. Tri-City would have had all the momentum in the world if (Souto) had stopped at third base. Tri-City always has great teams, and we’ve had some great games against them.” E-mail Placer Herald Sports at jiml@goldcountrymedia.com