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Running through three foes without a single defeat this week, Grass Valley’s No. 1 team repeated as the American Legion Junior District 31 Tournament champion.

By virtue of a 10-3 win over Roseville in Friday’s title game, Grass Valley earned the right to represent the district in the Area Tournament, set to begin Aug. 1 in Fairfield.

“First of all, our pitching was phenomenal,” said Grass Valley manager Randy Wirick. “But we also must have had six to seven, maybe even eight, two-out hits that resulted in runs scored this week. We also probably had just one error in three games.



“So, it was just a little bit of everything. We’re playing real well right now.”

That certainly appeared to be the case in Friday’s win, as six Grass Valley players cranked out multiple hits in the win. Broughan Jantz carried the biggest bat, going 2-for-3 with a double and 4 RBIs.




Zander Zeisler was 3-for-4 at the plate with a double, while Kelcey Wirick, Kyler Caldwell and Tucker Colomb also doubled while collecting two hits each. Will Havard went 2-for-3 hitting for Grass Valley.

Greg Heauser drew the start on the hill, throwing three shutout innings before allowing two runs in the fourth. Caldwell came on in relief and allowed just one run the rest of the way.

Earlier this week, Robbie Porter threw six innings to lead Grass Valley’s No. 1 team to a win in game one. Zander Zeisler took the mound in game two, throwing a no-hitter in five innings of action.

Over the course of tournament, Randy Wirick said Havard, who had four hits and 4 RBIs on the week, and Dalton Covert, who finished with five hits and 4 RBIs, also consistently contributed at the plate.


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