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Tri City Little League Indians claim District 11 title in Major division

By: Staff Report
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The Major division Tri City Indians completed a championship season by claiming the District 11 Tournament of Champions baseball title in Auburn. The Indians went 5-0 over seven days, beating Bear River twice and Lincoln, Rocklin and Auburn once each. Tri City won its games by a combined score of 43-13. The Indians joined Tri City’s Minor division Yankees in claiming the District 11 title this season. Prior to this year, Tri City had not won a Tournament of Champions title in the 50-year history of the league. “The Indians used a formula which has been successful all year, namely, strong pitching, solid team defense, and steady hitting,” Indians manager Kevin Whelan said. “All of our guys contributed, and congratulations to our opponents who did a fine job of representing their respective leagues.” The championship series (best two-of-three) of the TOC was against the Bear River Dodgers. Tri City pitchers CJ Whelan and AJ Sauer earned back-to-back wins to help the Indians (record of 25-2) claim the title. The Indians beat the Dodgers 10-5 and 5-0. Sauer allowed only one hit and struck out 15 batters in the clinching game. This tournament marked the end of the season for the Indians, as it is all-star competition from here on out. The Indians also won their league and the Top of the Rock game against the Rocklin Little League champion in June. The Tri City team consisted of 12-year-olds Whelan, Sauer, Kyle Benoit, Matthew Jen-kins and Garrett Kauppila, 11-year-olds David Curlango, Jack Crouse, Matt Dennis, Fer-nando Loera, Cody Ortmann and Tyler Tilton and 10-year-old Jacob Millard. Kevin Whelan said the successful season was a result of the effort put forth in practice by the kids, the great coaching staff of Jim Dennis and Mike Sauer, as well as the positive support of the Indian families. “We never set goals other than to simply try our best, have fun, and improve our baseball skills,” he said. “The results would take care of themselves, win or lose.”