The Sierra Foothill All-Stars completed a sweep of the Little League District 11 (Area 2) Major Division All-Stars tournament Tuesday, beating the Foresthill All-Stars 10-0, in the championship game at Pioneer Park.
“That’s a good Foresthill team over there, they won three straight games and I was glad we could compete with them,” Sierra Foothill head coach Bill Groth said. “We got some clutch hits from (Chris) Gilwee and (John Luis) Pantlick and Alex (Weir) had a good shot, and Alex pitched a great game.”
After losing to Grass Valley in round one, Foresthill reeled off three straight wins to reach the championship round, but were no match for Sierra Foothill pitcher Alex Weir.
“He was great,” Groth said of his team’s ace. “He had a bit of a down period in the third inning, but came back in the fourth and I’m really proud of him. Alex never gives up and he’s got a great attitude.”
Weir threw all four innings of the mercy-rule shortened game, allowing one hit, four walks and no runs while striking out four.
“It’s not just me, the team made great plays in the field, I just pitch and let them do their job,” Weir said.
With Weir rolling on the mound, the Sierra Foothill lineup gave him more than enough run support. After the first two batters failed to reach in the first inning for Sierra Foothill, Foresthill looked as if they were headed for a short inning, but that quickly changed. With two outs, Weir drew a walk and Pantlick followed with a single. That’s when Gilwee launched a three-run home run over the fence in right-center field.
After a scoreless second, Sierra Foothill got back at it in the third when Weir sent a solo shot into the wilderness beyond the fence in right center. Pantlick followed with another single and two batters later Peter O’Brien plated Pantlick with a double off the left field fence.
On the day, the No. 3 and No. 4 spots in the line up, held by Weir and Pantlick respectively, went a combined 4-for-4 with three RBIs, two walks, a home run and six runs scored. Pantlick was 3-for-3 with two RBIs and Weir was 1-for-1 with two walks and three runs scored.
Sierra Foothill (out of the Colfax area) put it away in the fourth with five more runs, highlighted by RBI hits by Pantlick and Ryan Donovan.
Chipping in offensively was Max Dwyer with a run scored and adding hits for Sierra Foothill were Mike Lavigne and Billy Groth.
Foresthill starting pitcher Justin Leyba went 3 1/3 innings and struck out seven before reaching the 85-pitch limit. Scoring the only hit for Foresthill was Trevor Davis in the fourth inning.
Foresthill did threaten in the third, drawing three walks and loading the bases, but Weir drew a groundball out to end the inning.
With the win Sierra Foothill went 4-0 in the tourney and is now the 2014 District 11 (Area 2) Major Division All-Stars champions. They will face the Area 1 champion for the overall District 11 title at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Pioneer Park.
The Bear River All-Stars kept their championship hopes alive Tuesday, beating Rocklin 5-1 in the District 11 Junior Division All-Stars tournament.
Bear River got a strong combined effort on the mound from Aaron Sassville, Jake Leonard, Dean Hopper and Scott Sandsteadt.
From the plate, Jake Rogers and Jacob Anderson both tallied doubles.
Bear River (2-1) will now face Penn Valley (1-1), who lost to Tri-City Tuesday, at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Rocklin.
The youngest All-Stars division (9/10 year olds) got their tourney started Monday at Condon Park with Nevada City topping Foresthill 16-1, and Sierra Foothills getting the best of Penn Valley, 17-3.
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