Bear River in title game
The top two regular season teams in District 11 Majors Little League will meet in a three-game series starting tonight in the Tournament of Champions championship at Bear River Little League.
The Area 1 champion, the Rocklin Rangers, will square off with Area 2 champ Bear River Giants.
Rocklin advanced the championship round with a 12-1 win over Tri-City’s league champion on Tuesday night. The Rangers won their first two games of the Area 1 championship by a combined scored of 5-1 before the blowout victory in the title game.
Bear River’s Giants emerged from a 15-14 extra-inning thriller against the Sierra Foothills Giants in the Tuesday’s Area 2 championship. Bear River also picked up two other wins to advance to the title game, winning by a combined score of 17-1.
Tuesday’s win over Sierra Foothills was a slugfest that saw 29 runs on the night between the two teams in back-and-forth affair that took seven innings to decide.
“I am extremely proud of the way our kids played (Tuesday),” said Bear River coach James Toft. “We faced a talented offensive team with many great hitters, but our kids were resilient and never gave up. Our kids truly had a heart of a champion (Tuesday).”
Bear River’s Giants advanced to the title game by beating the Nevada City Red Sox 7-1
Josh Toft picked up the win on the mound, striking out 13 and walking two while allowing one hit and one run in 5 2/3 innings. According to the Bear River coaching staff, Josh Toft is likely to be back on the mound tonight for game one.
Tuesday at Auburn Little League
Bear River Yankees 14
Nevada City Braves 4
The Bear River Yankees rallied for six runs in the fourth inning to break open a close game and went on to defeat the Nevada City Braves 14-4 on Tuesday night at James field in Auburn.
The Yankee offense was led by C.J. Weaver, who went 3-for-4 with a double, 3 RBIs and two runs scored. Zach Welz was also 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored. Connor Casey went 2-for-4 with a double, 2 RBIs and four runs scored, while Michael Lucas and Cole White each had a hit, scored two runs and drove in two more. Kevin Botsford added 2 RBIs on the night.
Lucas pitched a solid game with four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings while White fanned three of the four batters he faced in relief.
Nevada City was led by Josh Cena, who had two doubles and a run scored and J.J. Sekerak, who had a hit and an RBI.
The Bear River Yankees will face the winner of the Wednesday night’s Grass Valley/Foresthill game at 7 p.m. Friday in Auburn.
Saturday at Auburn Little League
Grass Valley A’s 11
Sierra Foothills 1
The Grass Valley A’s advanced to the second-round matchup with Foresthill with an 11-1 win over Sierra Foothills in five innings.
Rollie Brodka was the winning pitcher, striking five and walking two in 3 2/3 innings. Christian Gibbons and Lawrence Reese wrapped up the game on the mound, combining for three strikeouts, two walks and no hits in the final 1 1/3 innings.
Kirby Tomlinson and Matt Iccarius each had two hits in the win, while Tomlinson had 2 RBIs and Harris Volheim had an RBI double.
Coaches may file their game reports by phone (477-4240) or by e-mail (brianh@theunion .com). Photographers are also encouraged to submit their shots and may do so in a JPEG format. Submission deadline is 9:30 p.m.
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