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LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL

Lincoln Majors power to District 11 championship

Middleton homers twice in same inning
By: Joshua Gutierrez News Messenger Correspondent
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ROCKLIN_The Lincoln Majors All Stars dispatched the one-loss Nevada City All Stars 13-2 in the District 11 Area 1 and Area 2 championship game held at Twin Oaks Park Monday night. The evening was highlighted by two home runs hit in the same inning by Charles Middleton. The slugging catcher launched two over the right-field fence in the third inning ? a rare feat in baseball. Nevada City?s loss to Grass Valley earlier in the Area 2 tournament carried over to Monday?s championship game; had Lincoln lost, there would have been a playoff game in Nevada City. But a combination of power and pitching shut the door on any notion of a playoff game. Lincoln scored five runs in the inning before the first out was recorded. By innings end, the club had 10 runs on eight hits and five bases on balls. In total, eight-of-the-10 batters who came up to bat eventually scored. Middleton, Zach Eutsey and Nick Pereira scored twice that inning. Eutsey and Leo Martinez also had home runs. The duo also pitched four-innings to shut down Nevada City?s offense. Martinez had a no-hitter through three innings and Eutsey came on in relief to close out the game. Nevada City got two, quick runs before Eutsey set down the remaining batters in order to clinch the game. The Lincoln All-Stars were presented with a District 11 banner commemorating their tournament victory. Lincoln 12, Auburn 1 ? July 7 Lincoln?s offense came alive in a 12-1 win over Auburn to claim the Area 1 championship Saturday at Rocklin Little League. The eighth-and-nine hitters proved instrumental in Lincoln?s win. Eutsey and left-fielder Ryan Graham combined to go 5-for-5, score six runs and drive in eight. Eutsey launched a three-run home run in the fourth inning to further an ever-widening lead. Graham followed with a solo home run. An inning earlier, the outfielder launched a three-run home run over the right-field fence. ?I was just hoping it would go out,? said Graham, as to what was going through his head on his second home run. ?This would be my first multi-home run game.? Middleton went 2-for-3 with a run scored and a run batted in. Starting pitcher James Sweet allowed one earned run in three innings of work. An impressive statistic in the tournament was Lincoln?s ability to keep Auburn out of scoring position. Sweet and Michael Hamp allowed only one runner to get into scoring position in the championship game and Hamp and Martinez did the same in their first meeting with Auburn. In two games (10 innings), Lincoln outscored Auburn17-1. A remarkable feat considering Auburn scored 37 in their other contests.