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LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL

Local TOC set to begin

By: Joshua Gutierrez News Messenger Correspondent
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Lincoln Little League?s Majors? division was set to begin its Local Tournament of Champions Monday. With an overall record of 15-3, the Giants will represent the tournament?s top seed. As a reward for finishing atop the standings, the squad will receive a bye-week from the first-round of games. In addition the club will be automatically included in the District Tournament of Champions, starting June 18. Two bids from Lincoln?s Majors? will be included in the District TOC. Any team besides the Giants that wins the local post season will receive the second seed. If the Giants were to win the postseason tournament, the team in second place at the end of the regular season will receive the second bid. Eighteen teams will compete for the District TOC; two teams will represent nine different regions. Included are Rocklin, Grass Valley, Tri-City, Auburn, Nevada City, Sierra Foothills, Penn Valley, Bear River and Lincoln. A championship game will be played on June 26. No. 1 Giants Manager Mario Pereira led an impressive 2012 campaign. His team held the distinction of scoring the most runs (167) and allowing the fewest (71) on the season. The Giants? pitching staff threw four shutouts so far this year. An impressive mark considering the combined total of the remaining teams was three. On the final day of the season, the club allowed double-digits runs for the first time all season with an 11-4 loss to the Padres. No. 2 Red Sox vs. No. 7 Pirates The Red Sox defeated the Pirates 15-2 Monday night. With the Giants receiving a bye, the Sox came into the first round as the highest seed. A nine-game winning streak was the longest such run achieved by any club all season. Within the streak, the Beantowners scored double-digit runs on five occasions and pitched two shutouts. The Bucs will now the loser of Tuesday night?s game between the Padres and the Yankees. No. 3 Phillies vs. No. 6 Yankees In the final game of the season, the Phil?s lost to the Red Sox 11-8 to drop out of a second-place tie. The resulting third-place finish pitted them against the Yankees in the second game of the TOC. The three prior games between the two clubs were one-sided in favor of the Phillies. All three games resulted in wins for the Boys from Brotherly Love. The Yankees ended the season with the hardest schedule of any team. Their last five games were against the top-four teams in the league, including twice facing the Giants. Lincoln Little League 2012 Majors Final Standings Team W L Pct GB Giants 15 3 .833 - Red Sox 13 5 .722 2 Phillies 12 6 .667 3 Padres 10 8 .556 5 Rangers 7 11 .389 8 Yankees 5 13 .278 10 Pirates 1 17 .056 14 Home Run Leaders Charles Middleton, Padres ? 10 Preston Eklund, Giants ? 10 James Sweet, Giants ? 7 Chad Bagwell, Yankees ? 6 Gregory Pallas, Padres ? 6 Michale Hamp, Red Sox ? 5 Cade Borgerson, Yankees ? 4 Leo Martinez, Ranges ? 4 Gredan McFarlin ? 4 A total of 93 home runs were hit in the Majors in 2012