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Tri-City Juniors were truly All Stars in 2011

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By: Danielle Huddlestun Placer Herald Correspondent
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After dominating the district, section, and division tournaments, the Tri-City junior all stars landed a spot in the Western Regional Championship tournament played in Irvine. The Tri-City Juniors opened their experience at the regionals, on Aug. 2, with a solid win against Montana, 8-0. AJ Sauer, Dylan Smethhurst, and Logan Webb shut down the batters throwing a combined 15 strikeouts. As hitters, the team powered through Montana’s pitching, earning seven hits to score big in the latter half of the game. Following this successful outing, the Juniors faced Southern California representative, San Clemente. The Tri-City nine played a fantastic game to force extra innings, but fell short as San Clemente gained a 4-3 win. Webb pitched well, capitalizing on his off-speed pitch and fastball. He also hit two doubles during the game, one scoring Smethhurst to tie the score. The club continued strong against Nevada’s Henderson team. The local All Stars earned a close 4-2 decision. Jeffrey Henry had nine strikeouts, and Smethurst had three. Webb, Jacob Erickson, Sauer, and Smethurst led the Tri-City bats. They then shut down Oregon, 6-4, to complete their fourth game. Webb threw an outstanding game and Erickson earned the save in relief. Ending pool play, Tri-City took on Washington and won, 5-1. Sauer threw a phenomenal game and struck out nine batters. Trent Homan hit a shot to right field during the fourth inning as Tri-City picked up four runs to clinch their position in the semi-final game against Idaho. Going into the semi-final game, Aug. 8, Tri-City’s record was 4-1 for second place in their pool. They took on the first-place team of pool A, Idaho, but fell 10-5. The juniors had a fantastic season and ended strong. They received invaluable support from the Rocklin community, particularly Big Daddy’s Pizza, who sponsored Tri-City with $680. The boys of the Tri-City Juniors All Stars were surprised and honored by the support they were receiving. “Big Daddy’s has been involved for some time,” said Tri-City coach, Terrence Williams. “When they heard about Western Regionals, they had a fundraiser to pay for [our] expenses and lodging.” E-mail Placer Herald Sports at jiml@goldcountrymedia.com