Little League roundup: Yankees handed first loss of season |

Little League roundup: Yankees handed first loss of season

For the first time this season, the Bear River Yankees ended up with a loss.

With an undefeated (23-0-1) record coming in, the Yankees fell on Saturday to the Rocklin Orioles in the District 11 Junior Tournament of Champions championship game. Bear River fell 7-6 when Rocklin scored with two outs in the bottom of the seventh.

Bear River went up 1-0 in the first and Rocklin tied it in the second. Bear River struck again in the top of the third with four runs, but once again Rocklin had an answer. The Orioles scored four of their own to tie the game at 5-5 heading for the fifth.

The score remained tied into the seventh, when Bear River took its third lead of the game, 6-5.

“They got two in the bottom of the seventh, the second one with two outs,” coach Taylor Welz said.

The Yankees took advantage of four Orioles errors and eight walks to score five of their runs. The sixth run came off a single by Michael Lucas.

Zach Welz scored two runs while C.J. Weaver, Cole White and Kevin Botsford each scored once. Lucas pitched six innings, striking out two.

Coach Welz said this was the second straight game the Yankees finished with no errors on defense.

Rocklin Rangers 19, Bear River Giants 1

While Bear River managed a 4-2 opening-night win on Thursday, Rocklin came back to win two straight for the championship. The Rangers won 12-11 on Friday.

The Rangers scored 19 runs on 12 hits and five home runs. In the top of the first, Rocklin scored seven times on five hits and two homers. The Rangers struck for eight more in the second and hit homers in the second, third and fourth innings.

Bear River scored its run in the bottom of the fourth. The game was called after four innings due to the 10-run rule.

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