Bear River All Stars advance |

Bear River All Stars advance

The Bear River baseball bandwagon will roll out of South County in style this weekend, as a three-team Bear River Little League contingent will take some cuts at bringing home a Section 4 All-Star championship.

Up first is the Major division, in which Bear River manager Taylor Welz will lead his District 11 champions into play at 6 p.m. today in West Sacramento, where Bear River squares off with District 5 champ Carmichael.

With a win, Bear River will play West Sacramento, the District 6 champion and Section host, at 1 p.m. Saturday. An opening-round loss would send Bear River into the consolation bracket for a 1 p.m. game Sunday.

“I went by the site (Thursday) and watched West Sacramento practice,” Welz said. “I talked with their coach and he said no one team really stood out to him. But I saw that their team had some really hard-throwing pitchers. I saw a couple of guys throwing and I’m not sure we have anyone to match them.

“But, hey, it’s baseball, so we have a chance. But we do have our work cut out for us.”

Tom Harris’ Bear River bunch opens play in the 9-10 year old division at 2 p.m. Saturday at Roseville West Little League.

But exactly who Bear River will face remains a mystery, even to their skipper. As District 11 champs, Bear River is scheduled to face the District 6 title winner.

“But, I have know idea where they’re even from – other than being from Sacramento,” Harris said.

According to the District 6 Web site, Bear River’s opponent will be the 9-10 year olds of Antelope National Little League. But, Harris said, it doesn’t much matter what team will be filling the opposing dugout.

“I don’t think so. All the teams are going to be good,” Harris said. “All the teams in the Sections have won their district and played between four and up to six games to win their districts.

“I don’t really see a difference in who you play. Because if they’re that good, you’re going to face them eventually if you’re going to win it, right?”

A win in the tournament opener would pit Bear River’s 9-10 against the District 7 champ at 2 p.m. Sunday. A loss would drop Bear River into the consolation bracket, also resulting in 2 p.m. Sunday matchup.

The 11-year-old All Star Section tournament will be hosted by Roseville West Little League at Roseville High School’s Richards Field.

Dave Beghetti’s team, which won the inaugural 11-year-old tournament title in District 11 play, will face the District 5 champion, Sunrise Little League, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

A win would lift Bear River’s 11 year olds into the winner’s bracket semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Monday. A loss would mean a 7:30 p.m. consolation game on Sunday.

Any team claiming a Section 4 championship, at any level, will advance to the Little League Division Championships one week later. Division champs then compete in the Western Regionals.

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