Auburn boasts three section champs

Little League Softball
By: Journal Sports Staff
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Three Auburn Little League softball teams are headed to divisional tournaments later this week after claiming Section 4 championships in recent days. On Tuesday night, the Auburn 9-10 All-Stars stunned West Sacramento 6-4 to join the Auburn Majors and Auburn Juniors as section champions. Auburn needed two straight wins over West Sacramento to take the section title after fighting its way through the elimination bracket to the championship round. Bethany Thornton pitched six outstanding innings with six strikeouts to lead Auburn Tuesday. Elena Topete was 2-for-3 at the plate, including a two-run single in the fifth inning to give the visitors the winning runs. Emily Geil and Sarah Kosmata were both 2-for-3 and Natalie Rowland led the defensive effort at shortstop. The Auburn 9-10s beat West Sacramento 9-7 on Monday night to force the deciding game Tuesday. They will head to Eureka for the Division Tournament, beginning Thursday. The Auburn Majors squad swept through its Section 4 tourney in West Sacramento, beating Rio Linda 7-2 in the title game after a 4-1 win over East Sacramento. Pitcher Kaelin Amrein had four strikeouts in the championship-clinching win. Becky Matthews drove in three runs while Kasey Miller, Cadee Crouse and Katie Urban had one RBI apiece. On defense, center fielder Kieley Graves relayed a throw to Amrein, who threw to catcher Sarah Hansen for an out at the plate, sparking a big inning for Auburn. Sarah Rowland and Urban also stood out defensively. The Auburn Majors will begin Division play in Suisin City on Thursday. The Auburn Juniors are headed to the Division tournament in Chico after cruising to the Section 4 title with a two-game sweep of Rio Linda last weekend. The Auburn offense cranked out 32 runs in the two games. In the opener, Haley Tupen had a home run, a triple and three RBIs while Emma Zoller scored four runs. Sadie Stroup pitched three strong innings and Lizzy Rutherford added four more. Taylor Hill had two singles and three runs scored. In the title-clinching win Saturday, Kassidy Kosmata and Tupen knocked in four runs apiece to lead the way. Lori Schmitz scored three runs while Jamie Schlenker and Hill had two hits apiece and scored two runs each. Makenna Gaffney also scored two runs.