Bear River crowned champ |

Bear River crowned champ

Just as had been the case throughout the 9-10 year-old Little League All-Star tournament, Bear River won in impressive fashion Friday night to clinch the Area 2 championship and advance to the District 11 series.

Bear River defeated Nevada City 10-0 in four innings at Foresthill Little League. With the win, Bear River wrapped up the Area 2 tourney undefeated in four games.

“Once again, the whole team contributed,” said Bear River manager Lance Mansuetti. “They scored 70 runs in four games and only gave up one run.

“Everybody is just hitting out of their mind. Everybody is just hitting the ball real well right now.”

On Friday that included Cole Huckaby, who not only started the game on the mound and threw 1 2/3 innings but also got things going with a two-run home run in the first inning.

Kyle Soria came on in relief, throwing shutout ball over 2 1/3 innings. Nevada City had the bases loaded in both the second and third innings, Mansuetti said, but Soria came up with a strikeout on each occasion to end the threat.

Isaac Van Patten was 3-for-3 with 2 RBIs for Bear River, while Nick Mansuetti was 2-for-2 with 2 RBIs and Hunter Cramer finished 2-for-2 with an RBI.

Nevada City’s lone hit came off the bat of Jack Gerving.

Though things were quiet at the plate for Nevada City, there were a pair of defensive gems in the field. On two occasions, Gerving relayed a throw from center field to Joey Souza and then to Shawn Jordan at the plate to put out a potential scoring runner.

“Bear River is a fantastic team,” said Nevada City manager Jim Souza said, “but I thought we deserved to be in that championship game right with them.

“Congrats to (Bear River). They’re a good solid team. I was just happy to get to that championship.”

Nevada City’s path to the title game included playing five games in eight days.

Bear River will be back in action Sunday at Foresthill, facing Tri-Cities at 5:30 p.m. in Game 1 of the District 11 series. Because both teams are unbeaten through Area play, Game 2 is guaranteed to be played, also at Foresthill, at 5:30 p.m. Monday.

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