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Tri-City sweeps Tournament of Champions

League takes Minors, Majors and Juniors
By: Jim Linsdau Herald Sports
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Tri-City’s Giants, Yankees, and Athletics brought home the District 11 Tournament of Champions’ trophies in an unprecedented accomplishment for the 51-year-old league. The three teams respectively captured the Juniors,’ Majors,’ and Minors’ titles last week. Minors _ Tri-City’s Athletics virtually dominated the Tournament of Champions at Mid-Placer Little League, Newcastle. The offense scored 44 runs in four games. Pitchers Robert Jones, Aiden Williams and Peyton Gaudet had no earned runs charged against them. Part of the credit goes to shortstop Shane Connors, third baseman Graham, catcher Nick Gaudet, and outfielder Bennett Woodward. “The AAA A’s (were) a complete team that created chaos for the other teams that faced them,” manager Kevin Connors wrote in an email to the Placer Herald. “We had a dominant team with a pitching staff that shut down all offenses we faced.” Connors also credited utility players Blake Wong, Justin Comer, Hayden Douglas, coaches Jason Jones, Todd Gaudet, Mike Sliskevics, and the support given by all the team’s families. Majors _ Tri-City’s Yankees not only helped the league complete its Tournament of Champions trifecta, but were the league’s first team to win the Majors TOC, as well. They topped the Lincoln Padres 7-2 to in the title game, and also defeated Penn Valley, Nevada City, and the Tri-City A’s to get there. They got strong pitching from Justin Erickson, Kyle McGrath, and Jason Schafer. “These kids all came out ready to play, and everyone on the team contributed to this victory,” said Yankees’ Manager John McGrath. The manager also praised players Alex Baur, Cory Betz, Blayden Bryson Correia, Chris Gilbreath, Matt Henry, A.J. Huggins, Nick Mohler, and Nick White, as well as coaches Ron Huggins, Jim Erickson, and Erik White. Juniors _ The first Tri-City team to claim the TOC’s top prize in their division were the Giants. They defeated the Nevada City A’s, June 27, to seal the championship. “We have been a solid team throughout the season and play the best ball during the big games,” said Giants’ Manager Steve Taylor. Pitching a near-perfect game to win the crown was A.J. Sauer, who gave up only one hit and one run in 6 1/3 innings. Key hits came from joey Rohmer and Garet Sanderson. The Giants’ defeated the Tri-City Yankees in the final game of the season to earn their berth in the TOC. _ Placer Herald Sports can be reached at jiml@goldcountrymedia.com