Auburn 11s show no quit in loss to Rocklin

District 11 Little League All-Star Tournament
By: Ray Hacke, Journal Sports Writer
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LINCOLN — Ultimately, Auburn Little League’s 11-year-old All-Star team was unable to dig itself out from under the avalanche of runs it gave up early in its District 11 Area 1 Tournament opener Monday night. Yet although it fell to Rocklin 10-2 at Larry Costa Field, Auburn made Rocklin work for what initially looked to be a runaway victory. Rocklin was on the verge of winning by the 10-run rule entering the fourth inning. However, the game was extended by at least a half inning when Auburn first baseman Gavin Oyer and pitcher/second baseman Luis Burrola were issued back-to-back walks with the bases loaded. From there, relief pitchers Jordan Wood and Dakota France kept Rocklin off the scoreboard as the game went the full six innings. “I think we played tougher on the defensive end,” Auburn manager Tony Madrigal said of his team’s performance in the game’s second half. “We switched our pitchers up a little bit, and they had a tough time hitting our guys who could throw curveballs.” Radd Thomas and C.J. Kannady scored Auburn’s runs. Oyer led Auburn with two hits, while Thomas, Burrola and Taylor Levesque each had one. “We only had two strikeouts the whole game,” Madrigal said. “We just hit the ball where they were, and (Rocklin) made good defensive plays on their end.” Starter Kyle Bowlin pitched three shutout innings to earn the victory for Rocklin. Second baseman Jerad Cadell and pitcher/outfielder Jason Palmer each had a pair of run-scoring hits to lead Rocklin offensively. Burrola took the loss for Auburn, which will face the loser of Monday’s game between Tri City and Lincoln at 7:30 p.m. today.