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LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL

Rocklin claims Juniors All Stars crown for Area 1

District championship next
By: Amanda Calzada Placer Herald Correspondent
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The Rocklin Juniors baseball team went undefeated in the District 11, Area 1 Juniors All Stars Tournament and cap the championship with an 11-0 decision over Lincoln Sunday. Rocklin opened the title game with a big first inning scoring six runs. Blake Laurin and Jerad Cadell scored on Hayden Gibson?s double to break the game open. Will Floyd and Chase Hatada also scored in the inning. ?Our heads were in the game. We were intense from the beginning,? said Rocklin?s Jason Palmer. Rocklin continued to dominate in the second inning with Cadell and Mike Schoenberger scoring. The club had two doubles and two runs batted in to add three more runs to their totals. In the third and penultimate inning, Wyatt Walsh scored of Schoenberger?s base hit. Meanwhile, pitcher Hatada kept Lincoln off the base paths. Closing out the game on the mound for Rocklin were Sean Sullivan and Matt Morgan. Cadell?s double drove in the final run and the game was called in the fourth inning on the 10-run rule. ?We set a goal to win the district and we?re rolling right along,? said Rocklin manager John Gibson. Rocklin now advances to the Area 1 and Area 2 championship to play in Grass Valley on Tuesday at 6 p.m. ?We just came out hitting today. Hopefully we can do that in Grass Valley,? said Rockli?s Brandon Bibler. Rocklin 8, Lincoln 5 ? July 5 On their way to the championship, the boys in blue again defeated Lincoln with strong offense and defense. Rocklin maintained a steady momentum throughout the game, scoring runs in the first, third, fourth and sixth innings. They capped the scoring with three runs in the final inning. Lincoln gave chase with Matthew Contreras and Joshua scoring in the second inning. Daniel Levya hit a double as Lincoln scored four runs in the inning. ?We wanted to keep our heads up, no matter what happened,? said Lincoln?s Sam Russell. Rocklin?s Sullivan then held Lincoln scoreless until the fifth inning. ?We capitalized on their mistakes,? said Rocklin?s Cadell. Rocklin 15, Auburn 5 ? July 2 Auburn got off to a quick start scored four runs in the top half only to have Rocklin come back with 10 runs of their own. Auburn pitchers had trouble finding the plate walking 10 batters and hitting three.