Auburn majors answer Bear River
Bear River’s power surge could not faze Ryan Jenkins and the Auburn Little League Major Division All-Stars Friday night in Lincoln.
Auburn won its District 11 Tournament opener 6-3 at McBean Park by getting runs the hard way and riding a great performance from Jenkins. The right-hander struck out eight in 4 1/3 innings. Vladamir Solis recorded the final five outs of the game, striking out four Bear River batters.
Bear River’s Justin Gallupe belted a two-run home run in the first inning and Logan Cross smacked a solo homer in the fifth inning. But Auburn’s pitching allowed little else and the balanced offense had more than enough to answer Bear River’s shots.
“We were down 2-0 in the first and Jenkins maintained complete composure,” Auburn manager Tony Madrigal said. “The rest of the kids kept their composure too, which is surprising for a group of 12-year-old kids. We got the bats going and made things happen. We did a lot of positive things.”
Auburn quickly erased its deficit in the bottom of the first inning. Jenkins singled, and then scored on a hit by Brig Tucker. Shane Betts followed with a single. Logan Cole came up with a big two-run single to give Auburn a lead they hung onto throughout the game.
In the second, Gavin Ware scored on a single by Brian Stangland to make it 4-2. Auburn made it 6-2 in the fourth as Solis and Stangland scored on an error.
Auburn moves on to face either Rocklin or Lincoln on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
Madrigal was happy with his team’s performance, especially considering the players had just 10 practices together under their new manager.
“They’ve had vacations, summer camps — basketball, football, soccer — so getting them all on the field at the same time has been a challenge,” Madrigal said. “I’m hard on them and I don’t think they know how good they are yet. I think with this win, now they know they can do it.”
Auburn 6, Rocklin 5 at Rocklin — After blasting Lincoln 14-0 on Friday night, Auburn held off Rocklin Saturday to advance to the semifinal round of the District 11 Tournament.
Auburn trailed 3-0 until rallying in the fourth inning and taking a 6-5 lead in the fifth. Logan Markstein pitched six solid innings and Tyler Gums closed the game with one inning of work.
Cole Blackwell had a big night at the plate, going 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Christian Davis-Campbell belted a solo home run as Auburn got just enough to win it.
Auburn advances to face Tri-City, which dropped Bear River 12-2 earlier Saturday. They will play on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Rocklin. Bear River will face Lincoln on Tuesday in an elimination game.
Auburn 7, Bear River 6 at Rocklin — Auburn edged Bear River to open the District 11 Tournament on Friday night.
Auburn is back on the field on Tuesday, facing either Rocklin or Tri-City in the tournament semifinals at 7:30 p.m.
Lincoln 13, Auburn 3 — The host team ran into a tough Lincoln squad in its District 11 opener Saturday evening at Beggs Field.
Auburn fell behind early against Lincoln, which scored 15 runs in a win over Rocklin on Friday.
Josh Lunsford belted a double in the third inning for Auburn’s first hit, but Lincoln prevailed to set up a showdown with Tri-City on Tuesday. Marc Sassarini pitched well in relief for Auburn, which will face Rocklin or Bear River on Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Beggs Field.