The Auburn Little League Major Division All-Stars nearly pulled off a triple play Saturday night at Twin Oaks Park in Rocklin.
But a Rocklin baserunner was called safe at the plate and Auburn’s District 11 Tournament run came to a halt by a similarly slim margin. Auburn fell to Rocklin 6-5 and was eliminated from the tournament.
After building a 4-2 lead, Auburn nearly got out of the third inning unscathed. Cole Lewis fielded a ground ball at second base, forced a runner out at second, then fired to Luis Burrola at first base for a double play. Burrola then threw home to Austen Lipsmeyer, who’s tag on another Rocklin baserunner was ruled late. The host team then rallied for two more runs in the inning to take the lead.
Auburn battled back with a run in the fifth inning, but came up one run short.
Zack Madrigal pitched well for Auburn, going 5 1/3 innings with six strikeouts and six hits allowed. Grant Woodside had a pair of hits for Auburn, as did Lipsmeyer. C.J. Kannady had a two-run single in the first inning. Burrola had one hit on the night.
Ian Farran had a two-run home run to spark Rocklin, which will face Tri-City tonight at 7 p.m.
On Thursday, Auburn crushed Lincoln 19-0 as Jordan Wood tossed a one-hit shutout with one walk and nine strikeouts.
Austen Lipsmeyer was 3-for-4 at the plate with two doubles. Wood had three singles while Luis Burrola was 2-for-3 with a triple. Zack Madrigal finished 3-for-3 and Landon Hicks was 2-for-2 with a double.
Auburn fell to Tri-City 12-2 on Friday night. Madrigal and Lismeyer had the only two hits as Auburn was sent to the elimination bracket. Trace Anderson added a single while Mike Rubio, Joel Rivett and Peyton Turner all reached base and scored.
The Bear River All-Stars opened the District 11 Tournament with a 10-0 win over Penn Valley Thursday.
Jacob Cross, Justin Leonard and David O’Brien combined on a one-hit shutout with nine strikeouts.
Leonard had a double and two RBIs while Cross was 1-for-2 with two RBIs. Trace Anderson added a single while Mikey Rubio, Joel Rivett and Peyton Turner all reached base and scored runs.