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Yankees play for TOC title

The Bear River Yankees remained undefeated on the season by downing Foresthill 11-0 in five innings Friday to advance to the District 11 Junior Tournament of Champions championship game.

The Yankees (23-0-1) will square off with the Rocklin Orioles in tonight’s title game at Auburn Little League. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Zach Welz picked up the win on the mound after allowing just two hits in five innings of play. Foresthill was unable to advance a runner beyond first base in the game.



“Our defense was awesome,” said Bear River manager Taylor Welz. “We had no walks, five strikeouts and no errors. It was the best defensive game we’ve played all year.”

The Yankees’ offensive output was also impressive. Kevin Botsford had two hits, including a double and an RBI to lead the way. C.J. Weaver had a double, 2 RBIs and two runs scored. Michael Lucas and Shawn Marquez each also doubled, drove in a run and scored a run. Kyle Nelson had an RBI single and Zach Welz scored three runs.




Rocklin advanced to the championship game by beating both Lincoln and Auburn by the 10-run rule.

The Yankees earned the title berth with a 14-4 win over Nevada City and Friday’s five-inning victory over Foresthill.

This marks the second straight season – and third time in four years – Bear River’s Yankees have played for the TOC championship, Taylor Welz said. But a win tonight, he added, would be the first time the team brought home the crown.

Majors

Rocklin Rangers 12,

Bear River Giants 11

Rocklin turned the tables on Bear River’s Giants Friday night in the District 11 Major Tournament of Champions championship series, scoring four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning for a 12-11 victory in Game 2.

The series now stands tied 1-1, with the third-and-deciding game set for 7 p.m. today at Bear River Little League.

On Thursday, it was the Giants who battled back to pull out a 4-2 win in a tight contest. But on Friday, the Giants saw their 11-8 vanish late.

“It was a heck of a game,” said Giants manager James Toft. “(Today’s) game will probably be even better, considering how the series has gone.”

Rocklin ran off to a 6-0 lead after two innings, but the Giants answered with four runs in the top of the third inning. Josh Toft’s three-run home run was the big hit of the inning, while Kyle Soria drove in another run with an RBI single.

Trailing 8-5 heading into the top of the fifth, the Giants looked to take control with a six-run inning. Tyler Toft drove in a pair of runs with a single, while David Keaton had a three-run double to help the Giants to the 11-8 margin.

Keaton started on the mound for Bear River, while Michael Raigoza and Kyle Vandervort each made relief appearances.

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