SACRAMENTO – The final blow was dealt to Bear River’s Little Leaguers Thursday as the 9-10-year-old division team was eliminated from tournament play after losing 7-0 to Woodcreek in the Section 4 championship game.
The game was the third meeting between the two teams in a matter of four days. Woodcreek won the first matchup 18-5 Monday in the winner’s bracket final. But after defeating Antelope 10-3 in Tuesday’s consolation bracket final, Bear River earned a rematch with then-unbeaten Woodcreek in the championship.
Bear River won the first bout by a 1-0 count, but was unable to score back-to-back wins to advance to the Division tournament.
In similar fashion to Monday’s loss to Woodcreek, the story Thursday was Bear River defensive errors. Four errors were given up this time around to help Woodcreek’s efforts.
Manager Tom Harris’ team had its shots at getting on the board, but all six Bear River hits proved to be fruitless on the afternoon.
Garrat Johnson led the way for Bear River with a 2-for-3 day at the plate. Jake Jarman had a 2-for-2 performance, while both John Magni and James Harris each had a single.
Jarman also pitched for Bear River, going all six innings in what Tom Harris said was a solid pitching performance. But, he said, errors did nothing to aid his pitcher.
“You make errors at this level and teams are going to capitalize,” Coach Harris said.
Even though Bear River suffered a tough loss to end the season, there were few heads hanging. After winning one of the three District-11 titles Bear River Little League collected this summer, there was more joy than sorrow in the dugout and stands following the game.
Being one of the smaller Little Leagues in the area, Coach Harris said many people were surprised Bear River made it as far as it did. He went so far as to say that he believed it to be the longest run any Bear River All Star team has made.
“I’ll take these kids over any of the bigger leagues any day,” he said. “I would have loved to have won section, but I didn’t even anticipate getting this far.”
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