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Tri-City Majors Cardinals and Indians in District 11 TOC

Tribe gets by Red Sox 3-0 in local tourney
By: Jim Linsdau Placer Herald Sports Editor.
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The Tri-City Little League Majors settled its postseason tournament to determine the No. 2 seed for the District 11 Tournament of Champions when the Indians out-dueled the Red Sox 3-0 for the championship Monday. The Tribe?s Evan Mansfield put on a superb performance to strike 12 Sox batters and pitch a shutout victory over the Beantowners. He struck out the side in innings four and five to put the Red Sox in a hole in the late going. ?Fastballs and curve balls,? said Mansfield as to what he was using to silence the Boston Boy?s bats. The Red Sox did make Mansfield a bit nervous when they put runners in scoring position. The Boston Nine had runners on second base in the first, second and sixth innings. But Mansfield?s arm and a solid defense helped the Indians prevent any runs from scoring. The Sox Jake Remington doubled and Tanner Ward reached second on a sacrifice fly by Jackson DeWitt. Remington again reached second base in the final inning on a sacrifice fly Nick Uehun. The Indians scored on a bunt by Abe Horillo when a delayed attempt to throw him out at first hit the dirt in front of first base and got by the first baseman. Jacob Millard and Mansfield came home to score on the error. Millard reached first on a base-on-balls and Mansfield was hit by a pitch. Mansfield also provided the insurance run in the fifth inning when he hit a sharp ground ball through the left infield gap. Adam Nivinski was able to score from second base on the play. Nivinski singled earlier in the inning. ?I?m real proud of our team; we didn?t back down, didn?t stop, kept our heads in the game and kept fighting ?til the end,? said Indians? Manager Marty Nivinski. ?I couldn?t be prouder of this team.? Manager Nivinski said he told his club that it was a team effort that won the game citing Horillo?s bunt and great outfield play as examples. He said they will go into the district tournament doing the same things that brought them the local tournament championship. TOURNAMENT RECAP The Indians reached the championship game with a 7-6 victory over a tough Athletics team. The Tribe finished second in the Tri-City Majors regular-season standings with a 14-4 record. The Red Sox (12-6) were third in the standings and beat a strong Angels club 4-1 to gain a berth in the tournament finale. The A?s eliminated the Giants from contention 9-3 June 8. Opening Game Angels 11, Yankees 6 R H E Angels 3 2 0 0 0 6 ? 11 7 0 Yankees 2 0 4 0 0 0 ? 6 7 4 The Angels came into the postseason league TOC with a 3-15 record in the regular season to face the 8-9 Yankees. Down 6-5 and facing elimination in the top of the sixth inning, the Halos exploded for six runs and came away with an 11-6 victory to open the tournament. The Angels? Charlie McFried put his club ahead to stay with a two-run triple to bring home Nick Gaudet and Shane Connors. Gaudet drew a base on balls and Connors had singled. The triple added to McFried?s fireworks Friday to go along with his home run in the top half of the first. McFried took a pitch on the inside of the plate and jacked a line shot over the left-field fence to put the Angels up 2-0. The Angels and Yanks split with a game apiece during the regular season. ?I think they did a great job, played hard all the way to the very end,? said Yankees? skipper Ron Huggins of his club. ?You know, when you come out of a game you have a winner and you have a loser and that one happened to go in (the Angels) direction.? The Pinstripers struggled on the mound the whole way. Jared Miller opened the game but could not find his control. Matthew Henry came on in relief and carried the Yankees into the fifth inning with a 6-5 lead. AJ Huggins took over to retire the side but had to be relieved in the sixth after putting two men on. Bryson Correia was then handed the ball with the thankless job of having to face McFried. The left-hander did record three strikeouts but not before the Halos put another four runs on the board. ?The Angels played great tonight,? said Manager Huggins, who added that the number of games a team could play in the tournament becomes a factor with pitching. ?When you have a lot of games in a row you can?t play your pitchers a whole bunch.? AJ Huggins had a good day at the plate for the NY Boys hitting a home run, a triple and a single. Miller and Chris Gilbreath both had doubles and Nate Gifford and Ben Woodward each had a base hit. Besides McFried?s output, the Angels got hits from Nick Gaudet, Peyton Gaudet, Shawn Belinni and Connors. Nick Gaudet also scored three runs and Payton Gaudet two. Indians 3, Red Sox 0 R H E Red Sox 0 0 0 0 0 0 ? 0 2 2 Indians 0 0 0 2 1 x ? 3 3 0 District 11 Tournament of Champions at Tri-City Tri-City A Team ? Cardinals vs. Grass Valley B Team ? June 22, 5 p.m. Tri-City B Team ? Indians vs. Lincoln A Team ? June 19, 7:30 p.m.