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Tri City Little League celebrates 50th anniversary in style

By: Matthew Grishman/ Special to The Placer Herald
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The Tri City Little League AAA Yankees, ages 9-11, claimed the first Tournament of Champions title in the 50-year history of the league last week. The District 11, Minor division, Tournament of Champions featured teams from six local Little Leagues – Tri City, Rocklin, Lincoln, Bear River, Auburn and Nevada City. The Tri City Yankees had a first-round bye and faced the Lincoln Pirates in the semifinals. The Pirates jumped out to an early five-run lead in the first inning. Then Tri City’s Chase Webb, age nine, came on to pitch in the second inning and shut down the Pirates for the remainder of the game. "That was the best performance I had ever seen on the mound from a little leaguer," Tri City manager Brian Souto said. The Tri City Yankee bats came alive late in the game and they were able to come from behind to win 6-5 and advance to the finals. The Tri City coaching staff credited the loud and cheering Tri City fans with helping the team come back. Tri City then battled the Rocklin Rivercats for the tourney title, in a rematch of the “Top of the Rock” game from earlier in the month. Tri City jumped out to a 1-0 lead early, as their leadoff man, Dominic Souto, started the game with a base hit and was able to steal two bases. Chase Webb drove in Souto for the first run of the game. The Rivercats tied the game 1-1 in the top of the second inning but Tri City went up 3-1 in the third inning. Tri-City’s Kyle Crouse drove in two runs in the third-inning rally. Rocklin tied the game 3-3 in the fifth inning and the game remained tied after six regulation innings. Rocklin went up 4-3 in the top of the ninth inning but Tri City rallied for two runs in the bottom of the inning to win the game. Dominic Souto started the rally with a one-out walk. Miles Grishman, age nine, then tripled down the right-field line and came around to score on a throwing error to make it 5-4. This ended the game and gave Tri City its first TOC title. Tri City fans rushed the field in celebrating the win. The Tri City team consists of Dominic Souto, Grishman, Crouse, Chase Webb, Trey Overton, Charlie McBride, Joey Souto, Nate Gifford, Bennett Woodward, Kade Webb, Jared Leavitt and Jacob Perez. Coaches Erik Webb, Matthew Grishman, Brian Perez and John Overton helped out manager Brian Souto. Prior to the Tournament of Championships, the Yankees beat the Rivercats in the annual “Top of the Rock” game. Tri City’s Crouse and Dominic Souto were very strong on the mound while Grishman led the offense. Tri City won the game 11-1. The Yankees started the regular season 0-2 but won 14 of their final 15 games to finish 14-3. They beat the Dodgers 11-7 in the Tri City AAA championship game. Crouse was strong on the mound and also hit two homers.