On to District 54 TOC for area youth baseball

Tigers bite A’s in Roseville West Minor A championship
By: Kayla Nix/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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Saturday marked tournament finals for Roseville West Little League with four divisions playing at Richards Field.

Opening the day was the Minor A division, where the Tigers registered a 5-1 victory in a battle with the A’s. The 7- to 9-year-olds got a taste of the big leagues with a cheering crowd, three-umpire crews, an announcer and music between innings.

The teams advanced to this point after a 17-game season in which they played each team two or three times.

“They had to battle their way, and they were actually the one and two seeds so they had to win their games Thursday and Friday to play (Saturday),” Roseville West President Matt Goodell said. “These two teams played one time during the regular season and tied. So this was a good matchup to have for the championship game.”

The A’s took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Jaidin Hicke singled. Nick Short collected the RBI, sending Hicke home.

The Tigers began wearing smiles when they scored four runs with two out in the bottom of the fourth. Pitcher Brayden Dotoli reached base and scored on Mason Morgan’s double to tie the score. Nick Finch singled, and Cole Becker hit a triple to score Morgan and Finch. Jackson Matye singled home Becker for a 4-1 lead.

Short and pitcher Victor Ramirez stroked back-to-back singles to put two runners on for the A’s. Josh Harrigan was hit by a pitch to load the bases, but the threat ended with two strikeouts.

The Tigers picked up one more run in the bottom of the fifth. Adam Marfull led off with a single and later scored for the 5-1 victory.

The kids ended the day by running around the bases to high-five one another before each player was announced.

In other finals, the Giants defeated the Red Sox 5-3 in AA, the Diamondbacks edged the Yankees 8-7 in AAA, and the Giants blanked the Red Sox 10-0 in the Major Division.

Cameron Akey and Justin Kim helped the AA Giants top the Red Sox and finish the season with a 17-1 record.

In the AAA final, Alex Flores recorded a popup to first base with runners at second and third to help the Diamondbacks hold off the Yankees and finish 17-1.

Cameron Anderson pitched a three-hitter and struck out nine for the Major Giants, who advanced to the title game with a semifinal win over the Padres behind Tyler Bellig’s three-homer, nine-RBI performance, including a grand slam.

The District 54 Tournament of Champions begins Saturday with the Giants playing the Gold Rush at 4 p.m. and the Red Sox meeting Maidu at 7. Both games are at Mahany Field.