The battles for District 11 are coming to a head with several local Little League All-Stars teams making a push for the championship and the right to keep playing.
In the District 11 Junior Division All-Stars Tournament, Grass Valley is still standing, and has been fending off elimination for the past three games.
Led by a hit happy lineup and deep pitching staff the Grass Valley All-Stars can earn a berth into the championship round if they can beat Lincoln at 6 p.m. today at the Tri-City Little League fields in Rocklin.
Lincoln enters the contest on the heels of a loss to Tri-City, who remains undefeated in the tourney and currently awaits their challenger in the championship round which starts Sunday.
Grass Valley head coach Scott Wheeler said his team has made the decision that they want to win the tournament and extend their summer of baseball. If that is to happen, he will need his pitching staff to be on and his hitters to continue to rake.
“We are in this to win it,” Wheeler said.
After steam rolling the competition in the District 11 (Area 2) tournament, the All-Stars from Sierra Foothill (Colfax area), hit their first snag Friday, falling to Lincoln 10-2. Sierra Foothill does have a second life though and will try and even the three-game series with Lincoln at 6:30 p.m. today in Rocklin.
Sierra Foothill will look to get big games from Alex Weir, John Luis Pantlick and Max Dwyer as they try and force a game three for all the District 11 marbles.
The Nevada City All-Stars have the inside track to the title in the District 11 (Area 2) All-Star tourney being played at Condon Park, and will try and lock up the title at 6 p.m. today when they face the Grass Valley All-Stars.
Grass Valley already has one loss in the tourney, coming against Sierra Foothill in the Round 2, but have rallied with two straight wins, including one over Sierra Foothill to reach the championship round.
The winner of the Area 2 title will face the winner of the Area 1 championship game between Bear River and Lincoln. In the Area 1 tourney Bear River has a leg up, having not dropped a game yet, forcing Lincoln to beat them twice in order to move on. The Bear River vs. Lincoln game is at 6 p.m. today in Auburn. The winners from each area will contend for the overall District 11 title at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Condon Park.
For a full list of District 11 brackets and directions to venues visit http://district11llb.com.
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