District 6 run ends for Auburn softballers

Stroup strikes out 13 for Major All-Stars in loss to North Natomas
By: Journal Sports Staff
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WEST SACRAMENTO — The Auburn Little League Major All-Stars’ run in the District 6 softball tournament ended Monday night. North Natomas avenged its previous loss to Auburn in the double-elimination tournament with a 7-3 win at Bryce Park. Auburn had defeated North Natomas 6-1 on Saturday to reach the tournament semifinals before falling to Cosumnes River on Sunday. “Our defense didn’t play as well in this game as it did in the first,” Auburn manager Jim Schmitz said. Pitcher Sadie Stroup threw a complete game for Auburn (2-2), striking out 13 and allowing just three hits in six innings. Becky Matthews led Auburn offensively with a two-run single in the bottom of the fifth inning. Fellow outfielders McKenna Gaffney and Abby Strickland each doubled for Auburn. Second baseman Cameron Rohde, the team’s leadoff batter, also stroked a hit for Auburn, a first-inning single. “I was very proud of the way the girls played,” Schmitz said. “They got down today and battled back very well. They never gave up, and I couldn’t have asked them to play any better.” Auburn Little League’s 13-year-old All-Star softball team will open its District 6 tournament on its home turf this week. The team’s first game will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Beggs Field.