ALL’s Major All-Stars fall to Tri-City by the 10-run rule

District 11 Little League All-Star Tournament
By: Ray Hacke, Journal Sports Writer
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ROCKLIN — Tri-City’s 10-0 victory over Auburn Little League’s Major All-Stars Monday night was truly battery-powered. Auburn, meanwhile, could have used a jump-start in the teams’ opening game of the District 11 Area 1 Tournament. “We’ve battled this team quite a few times before, and we’ve gone after ’em,” Auburn manager Derek Markstein said. “We had an off night.” Catcher Dillon Smathurst and pitcher Logan Webb hit back-to-back home runs for host Tri City in the second inning. Smathurst’s was a grand slam over the left-field fence that put Tri City up 6-0. In addition to his homer, Webb pitched a one-hit shutout in a game that was shortened after four innings due to the 10-run rule. Webb struck out six batters and walked two. The only Auburn batter to get a hit off Webb was pitcher/outfielder Cole Blackwell, who singled in the first inning. Blackwell reached base twice, drawing a walk in the third. Tyler Gums was the only other Auburn player to reach base against Webb. Ryan Gray pitched 2 1/3 solid innings in relief of Gums, who took the loss for Auburn. Gray gave up three runs, only two of which were earned. Auburn will face Rocklin, which lost to Lincoln on Monday, in an elimination game at 5 p.m. today. “We’re going to be going after Rocklin (tonight),” Markstein said. “Our backs are against the wall. We hope to see Tri City again.”