Champs crowned |

Champs crowned

One star shined brighter than the rest Saturday night in the District 11, Area 2 Major All Star championship at Bear River, where the tournament hosts eliminated Nevada City with a 6-2 win.

Chris Wermes was relentless inning after inning on the mound for Bear River, racking up a tournament-high 13 strikeouts in six innings of work.

Still, the righthander gave credit to his supporting cast.

“I had help on defense all game,” he said. “But it was really cool striking out 13 people.”

That defense, which held a Nevada City team that had averaged more than eight runs in four previous tournament games, gave up only one error on the night, which came in the first inning – the only inning in which Nevada City posted runs.

It was Robbie Porter who gave Nevada City an early 2-0 lead in the first with his two-run, opposite-field homer.

Accompanying his 13-strikeout night, Wermes allowed only two hits, including Porter’s homer. With the bases empty and one out in the sixth, Daniel Charvoz picked up a single for Nevada City.

With a four-hit first inning, things did not look good for Nevada City starting pitcher Dillon Hadley. He settled down, though, and gave up three hits and one run in three more innings before he was replaced Vinny Staffa. Two outs later, Staffa was taken out after Bear River’s Brandon Fry took him yard, followed by a Jordan Beskeen double.

Beskeen’s double was one of two in his 2-for-3, 2 RBI night. Fry was 2 for 2 at the plate.

Also for Bear River, Wermes, Anthony Ertola, and Jimmy Kastanes singled and Nolan Lewis had a double.

Bear River manager Taylor Welz said he debated before the game whether he should even start Wermes, but was certainly impressed by the pitcher’s performance.

“He said he wanted the ball,” Welz said. “I put him in … he answered every call.”

Welz’s crew plays returns to action at 7 p.m. today, when Bear River squares off against Rocklin in the best-of-three District 11 championship series at Bear River. Game two will hit the field at Tri-City Little League at 7 p.m. Tuesday. And, if necessary, game three returns to Bear River Little League at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

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