Rocklin and Lincoln in Juniors TOC title game
The dust has settled in the District 11 Juniors Tournament of Champions, as to which teams will be playing for the championship. Both the Lincoln Spartans and Rocklin Yankees will meet Friday at 6 p.m. on the Juniors’ field at Twin Oaks Park.
Lincoln Spartans 18, Foresthill Giants 8
The Lincoln Little League nine responded Thursday to a three-run first inning by Foresthill Little League and hung 11 runs on the board in the bottom of the frame to serve notice they were championship bound.
Fifteen Spartans’ marched to the plate in the bottom of the first, while the Giants had to change pitchers twice. Scoring for Lincoln were Hunter Rose (2 runs), Clayton Coats (2), Chase Christopherson, Gage Eastlick, Hayden Cloud, Deven Brown (2), Cole Brown and Cache Peach.
Christopherson started on the mound for the Spartans, but gave way to Nolan Chapple in the top of the second. The Zebra Town boys added another four runs in the bottom of inning No. 2, but the Giants were able to climb back into the game in the fourth inning.
Caleb Westphalen, Caleb Medrano, Drew Stroup, Kaiden Pennington and Jaycie Zapata all crossed the plate, forcing Lincoln Manager Rick Eastlick to go to his bullpen and pull up Coats to close out the game.
Coats struck out the final Giants’ batter of the inning and then returned to get three straight outs in the fifth on fly balls.
Peach, Rose and Coats capped the game by scoring in the bottom of the fifth thanks to Eastlick’s two-run walk-off single.
Rocklin Yankees 14, Tri-City Giants 0
Rocklin Little League’s Bombers broke open the second game of Thursday’s action in the top of the first with a seven-run barrage.
Reece Mooney, Mason Mooney, Marco Pirrucello, Landen Wallace, Kyle Schaack, Dillon Griffin and Sammy Stoner all put their footprint on home plate. Although Tri-City Little League starting pitcher Diego Delgadillo had trouble stemming the Yanks’ tide, the Giants stuck with their starter.
Delgadillo then quieted his Rocklin counterparts for the next two innings. But the Yankees came back for three more runs in the top half of the fourth and another four in the fifth for a 14-0 lead.
However, Tri-City pulled off a remarkable triple play to end the Rocklin run.
With two Yankees’ runners on base, shortstop Anthony Galietto gathered in a ground ball and threw to Jacob Janowick at second for the force. Janowick then relayed the ball to Zachary Schreiner at first to get the batter.
In the meantime, Rocklin’s Pirrucello broke for home to try and score during the double play. But Schreiner’s throw to catcher Dillon McDonell caught the Yanks’ runner in a pickle, where he was tagged out.
The Giants did put a runner in scoring position in the bottom of the fifth. But with two outs, Yankees’ starting pitcher Wallace struck out the final batter to end the game in five.
Lincoln Spartans 2, Bear River Rays 1
Lincoln defeated Bear River Little League in a close quarterfinal match-up Wednesday night.
In the top of the seventh inning, Gage Eastlick drove in Peach for the winning run.
The Rays threatened in the bottom of the frame by putting a runner on third with one out.
Spartans’ manager Rick Eastlick decided to put Coats on the hill to close after a great performance by starting pitcher Gage Eastlick. Coats then struck out the next batter and got the final batter to ground out to second.
Rocklin Yankees 15, Auburn Giants 3
They are not called the Bombers for nothing, as the Yanks ended their quarterfinal game early against Auburn Little League.
The Giants took a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first, but the NY guys quickly answered with two runs of their own in the bottom of the inning.
Rocklin then added three more in the second and then blew things open in the third with six more runs.
Schaack pitched four innings, giving up three runs. Stoner came on in the fifth and put the Auburn down in order, thanks to a great play by shortstop Mason Mooney.