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Tri-City Juniors roll after Section 4 championship

Long road trip fails to slow Rocklin juggernaut
By: Staff Report
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PRUNEDALE _ The Tri-City Juniors All Stars easily advanced to the Division II Championship Bracket by cruising past Mission San Jose, 12-2. The local nine jumped out to a quick start scoring nine runs in the first inning. The scoring spree was capped by a 3-run home run off the bat of Jacob Nolen. Tri-city also got strong pitching from AJ Sauer, Kyle Benoit, and Dylan Semthurst. The trio combined to give up only one earned run. Game 1 _ Tri-City dispatched Almaden Little League in their tournament opening game, 12-1. Again the Rocklin club combined solid pitching and hitting to ascend into the winner’s bracket. Pitchers Logan Webb, Trent Homan, and Joey Rohmer threw a collective rope over the bats of the Section 5 champs and let their offense do the rest. Homan and Nolen provided the evenings fireworks with both hammering home runs. Section 4 CITRUS HEIGHTS _ Tri-City Juniors Alls Stars handed Woodcreek All Stars its second straight loss to the Rocklin club and moved one step closer to the championship. Woodcreek sustained its first loss of the season at the hands of Tri-City 5-1 on Saturday in the first round of the Section 4 Tournament. After battling through the losers’ bracket, Woodcreek and Tri-City met again Tuesday night at C-Bar-C Park in Citrus Heights. Woodcreek suffered the same fate, falling to Tri-City 8-1 and ending the team’s hope for a run to the World Series. Tri-City had timely hits with runners in scoring position. Tri-City took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning, as AJ Sauer scored on a double by Joey Rohmer. Woodcreek tied it in the top of the third, but it was all Tri-City after that. With one out in the third, Jacob Erickson singled and scored on a Logan Webb double. Webb scored on a single by Sauer for a 3-1 lead. Tri-City’s pitchers Homan and Smethurst allowed only two hits in the contest. Woodcreek also left 14 men on base, including loading the bases in the fourth inning. Homan struck out the final batter to help get his club out of that jam. “We got walked nine times, had two hits and got one run,” frustrated Woodcreek manager James Penn said. Tri-City will meet Arden in the championship bracket, a team they lost to, 9-8, Monday night. “That’s a very good team over there,” Tri-City coach Kevin Smethurst said of Woodcreek. “I think (Tuesday night) we just outplayed them.” E-mail Placer Herald Sports at jiml@goldcountrymedia.com