Tri-City powers past Rocklin in 9-10 All Stars for spot in championship

Rocklin to face Lincoln in semifinal
By: Staff Report
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After a lengthy game delay in the bottom half of the fifth inning, the Tri-City All Stars went on to defeat the Rocklin All Stars 11-1 Thursday night to advance to the championship round of the District 11, Area 1 9-10 All Stars Tournament at Lincoln Little League. Tri-City was called on an infraction of the mandatory play requirements for Little League Baseball resulting in a game delay of 20 minutes or more. The rule states a substitute player must be in the game for six outs and one at bat before coming out of the game. Tri-City?s manager was found in violation of that rule and now faces a two-game suspension. This means Tri-City will be without a manager during the championship finale ? and a game beyond if Tri-City wins the first game of the championship. However, the ruling didn?t dampen Tri-City?s enthusiasm as they came up with nine runs in the fifth inning to send their cross-town rivals into the elimination bracket against Lincoln?s All Stars. The inning was triggered by a three-run home run by Shane Connors that skyrocketed over the center-field fence. Rocklin?s pitching simply couldn?t mend the dam from that point on. Left-hander Joey Lendahl did most of the pitching for Tri-City going three full innings and holding Rocklin to one run on three hits and no walks. Austin Gilbreath came on in the fifth to fan one batter and his defense took care of the rest. Tri-City?s Anthony Baglietto was 3-for-2 at the plate. Ironically, Connors? home run was the only extra-base hit of the contest. Rocklin will help bathe the field in blue Friday as they take on the Lincoln All Stars at 7 p.m. The winner gets another shot at Tri-City, a team that has beaten them both in earlier tournament games.