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LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL

Tri-City claims 9-10 All Stars crown for District 11

Lincoln, Nevada City fall
By: Jim Linsdau/Placer Herald Sports Editor
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Tri-City did not let up after taking the Area 1 9-10 All Stars championship and went on to defeat Area 2?s Nevada City 13-1 Monday night to claim the District 11 title at Lincoln Little League. Tri-City pounded out 11 hits while giving up just two. Robert Jones picked up the win striking out seven and walking only one. Lead-off batters Anthony Baglietto, Joe Souto and Shane Connors each had two hits and Jarred Hill had a triple driving in two runs. Tri-City now advances to the 9-10 Section tournament to begin July 14 in Rio Linda. Tri-City 10, Lincoln 1 ? July 7 Tri-City?s All Stars quickly erased a 1-0 deficit and went on to defeat host Lincoln Little League 10-1 in the District 11, Area 1 9-10 All Stars championship Saturday night. Tri-City starting pitcher Ryan King surrendered a run in the second inning and then put a lock on Lincoln?s bats. He gave up three hits in 3 2/3 innings and struck out four. Jones came in to close the game and gave up one hit and struck out three batters. Tri-City hammered out 10 runs on 10 hits with nine runs batted in. Connors was 3-for-5 in the contest with one run, five RBI and one home run. ?A fastball,? said Connors as to the pitch he knocked over the center-field wall. Connors two-run blast came late in the game but epitomized Tri-City?s excellent play in the tournament. The only close game they had was a 3-1 contest against Lincoln earlier in the week. ?These kids are very, very good baseball players,? said Tri-City manager Kevin Connors. ?They can hit the ball, they can catch the ball, they can throw the ball. What?s more important is they are more focused, they play in the moment. These kids are quality and I love them.? Tri-City 11, Rocklin 1 ? July 5 The game was a pitching duel through four innings with Tri-City holding onto a 2-1 lead. After retiring Rocklin in the top half of inning five, Tri-City came to the plate with a vengeance. With the bases loaded, Baglietto singled in Zach Lane and Joey Lendahl scored on a passed ball to give Tri-City a 4-1 cushion and bring Shane Connors to the plate. The Tri-City slugger then put one over the center-field fence for three more runs and put Rocklin on the ropes. Austin Gilbreath, Jones, King and Hill then crossed the plate to end the game on a 10-run rule. A reported two-game suspension of Tri-City manager Kevin Connors for an illegal substitution was later overturned. Tri-City 3, Lincoln 1 ? July 3 In a defensive battle, Tri-City took the lead 2-0 on scores by Jones and Shane Connors and then held the local club to one run for a 3-1 decision. Connors again scored for Tri-City for the final margin of victory. Tri-City 12, Bear River 2 ? July 2 Tri-City?s march to the tournament championship began with a 12-2 victory over Bear River. Bear River? nine took an early 2-0 lead but it was short-lived. Tri-City scored eight runs in the second inning and four in the third and the defense held until the 10-run rule was invoked. District 11, Area 1 9-10 All Stars Tournament TRI-CITY BATTING TOTALS AB R H BI BA Gabe Petrucelli 8 1 2 1 .250 Joey Souto 10 4 3 2 .300 Ben Jaquish 3 0 0 0 .000 Austin Gilbreath 7 2 2 1 .286 Joey Lendahl 5 5 1 0 .200 Shane Connors 13 6 8 11 .615 Robert Jones 9 5 2 1 .222 Zach Lane 2 2 1 1 .500 Ryan King 8 3 3 1 .375 Anthony Baglietto 11 5 5 4 .455 Jarred Hill 5 2 1 1 .200 Jake Kinney 3 0 0 0 .000 Ethan Patterson 4 1 1 0 .250 Totals 84 35 28 23 .333 TRI-CITY PITCHING TOTALS IP H ER SO Robert Jones 7 5 1 8 Austin Gilbreath 3 2/3 4 0 4 Joey Lendahl 4 1/3 4 0 3 Anthony Baglietto 2/3 0 0 2 Ryan King 5 1/3 6 2 9 Totals 21 19 3 26