Bear River two-fer; Little League teams advance
And the beat goes on.
Both Bear River Little League All-Star teams are still alive in Sectional Tournament play, climbing their way back into title contention Tuesday by winning elimination games in their respective consolation bracket finals.
Bear River’s 9-10 All Stars, the District 11 champions, downed Antelope 10-3 to advance to today’s 5:45 p.m. championship against District 54 champ, Woodcreek. The title game at Tahoe Tallac Little League in Sacramento will be a rematch between the two clubs, which met in the winner’s bracket final Monday.
In that meeting, Woodcreek beat Bear River 18-5.
“That sounds a lot worse than it was,” said Bear River manager Tom Harris. “We actually didn’t have one of our best defensive games. We had eight errors.
“These kids have done a great job. They’ve played their hearts out and have had just the one bad game on Monday. If our defense and our hitting are there, then they’re certainly not a better team than we are. But, they are definitely a good team.”
Bear River was led at the plate Tuesday by three players racking up three hits each, including James Harris (3-3, RBI), Garrett Johnson (3-4, RBI) and John Magni (3-4, 2 RBI). Brandon Pierce also had a 2-for-2 day at the plate and drove in a pair of runs.
Troy Runte picked up the win on the mound, collecting three strikeouts in four innings of work. Sean Smith and Nick Viola each threw one inning and each picked up a pair of strikeouts.
11 year olds
Bear River 13, W. Sacramento 6
Bear River’s 11-year-old All Stars put on a hit parade at the Roseville West Little League diamond to eliminate District 6 champion West Sacramento from sectional play Tuesday by a 13-6 count.
Chris Fox, Coleman Huntley and Justin Lawton each had three hits on the night, including a two-run home run by Fox. Huntley drove in a pair of runs and Lawton scored twice and had an RBI.
Brian Kenyon had two hits and drove in two runs, while Cole White had two hits and an RBI. Kyle Nelson had a pair of hits and a pair of runs scored, while David Karas doubled and Andy Brooding added an RBI single and two runs scored.
Huntley went all six innings on the mound, striking out two for the win.
Bear River will face Woodcreek in the 8 p.m. championship game today. Woodcreek beat Bear River 15-1 Monday in the winner’s bracket semifinal.
How to get there:
9-10-year-old All Stars – At Tahoe Tallac Little League – Take Business 80 to Sacramento and take the 65th Street exit, turning right on 65th Street and then left on San Joaquin Street to reach the Little League diamond.
11-year-old All Stars – At Roseville West Little League – Take I-80 to Roseville and the Atlantic Street/Eureka Road exit. Go west over freeway to Tiger Way. Turn left onto Tahoe Way. Little League diamond is behind Roseville High School.
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