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LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL

Tri-City's Majors tournament run ends a little too soon

Auburn turns back locals
By: Joshua Gutierrez Placer Herald Correspondent
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The Tri-City All-Stars fell short of their ultimate goal with a 13-2 loss Thursday to Auburn in the District 11, Area 1 Majors All-Stars tournament. Despite Tri-City?s exit, the club was able to hang their caps on a number of triumphs. Auburn, July 5 In their final contest, Tri-City ran into the hottest offensive club in the tournament. After a 5-0 shutout suffered at the hands of Lincoln, Auburn turned around their offensive output to score 13 runs on Bear River. The scored the same amount against Tri-City, including an 11-run-second inning. The final score was 13-2 in favor of Auburn. Despite the loss, Tri-City?s Lane Field contributed a power performance with a 2-for-2 night at the plate. Both of his hits were doubles putting his team in scoring position. His double in the fourth led to a run when A.J. Huggins singled him in. After the game, many players were upbeat as they left the dugout, including Field. ?Not everyone gets to do it,? said Field as to being selected to the All-Stars team. ?It was fun.? Field was 3-for-6 in the tournament with two runs scored. ?It?s just a fun experience,? said Huggins, ?being able to put on an All-Star jersey and play baseball.? Huggins was also 3-for-6 during the week with a double and home run to his credit. Manager Jason Field spoke with a reverence for the game of baseball and its humbling aspect. ?The ball bounces a funny way on a baseball field,? said Manager Field. ?This year the ball didn?t bounce our way. ?I had a lot of fun,? said the Skipper. ?It was a lot of great talent.? Rocklin, July 3 Against their rivals, Tri-City came out on the losing side of a tight 3-1 contest. Starting pitcher Evan Mansfield did his part to hold Rocklin scoreless in 2 1/3 innings of work. Mansfield struck out four Rocklin batters before being relieved. Third-baseman Nick Eaton went 2-for-2; both hits came when he was down two strikes in the count. Huggins supplied the team?s lone run in the sixth-inning with a solo home run. It cut the deficit to two but his heroics were not enough. Bear River, July 2 In their first-round matchup against Bear River, Tri-City managed to hold the opposing offense off the base-paths for three of the six innings played and went on to a 6-1 victory. Standout performances from that game included Nick Uehlin?s 2-for-4 effort with a run scored and one batted in. Zach Dunkhase supplied the power with a fourth inning, two-run home run. On the mound, Dunkhase closed out the final two-innings allowing just one base runner and striking out three. 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E Auburn All-Stars 2 11 0 0 X X 13 13 0 Tri-City All-Stars 0 0 1 1 X X 2 5 2 Auburn AB H R BI Bardecki,rf 0 0 2 1 Corkery,ss 4 3 2 3 Hanson,c 2 1 1 1 Van Riper,lf 3 2 2 0 Solis,2b 3 2 1 1 #8,p 3 1 1 2 Callahan,1b 2 1 2 0 Tuttle,3b 2 0 0 0 Marcione,ph 1 0 0 0 Kerrigan,cf 3 3 2 1 Total 23 13 13 9 2B: Solis (1), Kerrigan (2) LOB: 4 Tri-City AB H R BI Uehlin,2b 2 0 0 0 Field,cf 2 2 1 0 Huggins,c 2 1 0 1 Eaton,3b 2 0 0 0 Dunkhase,1b 1 0 0 0 Sturgis,ph 1 0 1 0 Millard,p 1 1 0 0 Mansfield,ph 1 0 0 0 Hopping,ss 1 1 0 1 Correia,lf 1 0 0 0 Crouse,ph 1 0 0 0 Remington,rf 1 0 0 0 Total 16 5 2 2 2B: Field (2), Hopping (1) LOB:4 Auburn IP H ER SO #8 1.1 2 0 2 Ramon Solis 1.1 0 0 1 Kuba Bardecki 1.1 3 2 3 Total 4.0 5 2 6 Tri-City IP H ER SO Jacob Millard 1.0 1 3 0 Nick Hopping 0.1 3 1 0 A.J Huggins 0.1 6 6 1 Evan Mansfield 2.1 3 0 3 Total 4.0 13 9 4