Penn Valley takes another title
Penn Valley Little League added its second Area 2 championship title Thursday, as the 10-11 year-old Penn Valley All-Stars downed Nevada City 8-4 for the tournament title at Western Gateway Park.
On Wednesday, Penn Valley’s Major All-Stars took the title at Pioneer Park in Nevada City. Both teams went through their respective tournaments without a loss.
“It was mostly our defense that really kept us in the game,” said Dave Voboril, manager of the Penn Valley 10-11 All-Stars, which finished Area 2 play with a 3-0 record. “That’s our thing. Our defense keeps us going and our bats come along.”
A pair of Penn Valley players had multiple hits in the win. Rhys Lyckberg went 4-for-4 at the plate, while Alex Voboril was 3-for-4 on the night.
Lyckberg also played a pivotal role in one of the defensive gems of the game. With runners on first and second, Lyckberg handled a one-hopper in center field and then rifled a shot to third base, where Kendall Clark put the tag on the lead runner for an out.
Brandon Fouse drew the start on the mound, throwing four innings, while Cory Cesak pitched the final two innings for Penn Valley.
Voboril gave a tip of his cap to Nevada City manager John Sekerak for not only leading a quality ballclub, but also for doing so in a classy manner.
“After it was over, their kids came over and said congratulations and wished us luck,” said Voboril. “And they did that on their own. There were no parents or adults pushing them. That’s a pretty cool thing.
“They’re great kids and he’s a great coach.”
While also praising the performance of his assistant coaches, Doug Clark and Greg Swanton, Voboril said the championship was due to the talent and teamwork of Penn Valley’s All-Stars.
“It’s Little League,” Voboril said. “I didn’t throw one pitch and I didn’t hit one ball. It’s really all the kids doing the work.”
Penn Valley will play the winner of the Area 1 championship – either Auburn or Rocklin – in the District 11 championship series. Game one will be 5 p.m. Sunday at Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley.
9-10 year olds
Nevada City 8, Foresthill 7
Holding off host Foresthill 8-7, Nevada City earned a berth into the Area 2 9-10 year old All-Stars championship.
“It was a seesaw battle,” said Nevada City manager Jim Souza.
After taking an 8-6 lead after five innings, Nevada City’s Joey Souza relieved starter Dylan McClure. Joey Souza struck out five in the final two frames for the win, including the final batter of the game with runners on second and third bases. McClure struck out five on the mound through the first four innings.
At the plate, Jordan Jiannino and Shawn Jordan each went 3-for-4 hitting, while McClure and Jack Gerving were each 2-for-3. Max Mann, Gabe Vulfs, Trevor Humphries and Joey Souza each added a base hit in the win.
Nevada City will face unbeaten Bear River in today’s championship game at Foresthill Little League. First pitch is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
Coaches may file their game reports by phone (477-4240) or by e-mail (email@example.com). Photographers are also encouraged to submit their shots and may do so in a JPEG format. Submission deadline is 10 p.m.
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