Battlers of Bear River

Swept in district title series, Area 2 champs fought to the end
By: Journal Sports Staff
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ROCKLIN — No matter how far or how early they fell behind, Bear River Little League’s 10- and 11-year-old All-Star squad kept on swinging. District 11’s Area 2 champions were swept in the district’s best-of-three championship series, falling to Area 1 champ Tri City 14-4 on Sunday at Twin Oaks Park after dropping the series opener 12-8 on Saturday. Still, Bear River manager Randy Anderson said his players showed a tremendous amount of heart in both games. “Someone has to lose, but fighting to the end and never giving up speaks volumes about this team’s character,” Anderson said after Saturday’s loss. Sunday’s game ended after five innings due to the 10-run rule. Center fielder Isaac Van Patten tripled, third baseman Dayton Anderson drove in a run and first baseman Brett Solomon also had a hit for Bear River. “We just couldn’t get hits,” Randy Anderson said. “When we did hit it, it went right to somebody. Tri City, they hit the ball hard.” In Saturday’s loss, Bear River trailed 12-2 at one point but fought back to make things close. Solomon went 3-for-4 with two triples and three RBIs for Bear River. Teammate Nick Mansuetti was 2-for-2 with an RBI, and Dayton Anderson and Nick O’Connor also drove in runs. Relievers Martin Vigil and Tyler Toft combined to give up just one run and four hits in the final 2 1/3 innings, striking out four batters. Toft also played catcher and threw out a baserunner attempting to steal second. Second baseman Matt Lopez applied the tag. Tri City will now advance to the section tournament, which is slated to begin Wednesday. “Tri City’s a powerful team,” Randy Anderson said. “They made plays when they had make ’em. “Hats off to ’em. District champs — they definitely deserve it.”