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Rocklin tops Auburn 12-0, claims Area 1 title

By: Russ Edmondson The Placer Herald
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Rocklin Little League’s Junior all-stars topped Auburn 12-0 in Rocklin on Friday night to claim the Area 1 baseball championship. Rocklin will now play the Area 2 winner, Nevada City, at 6:30 p.m. Monday. This series is a best-of-three for the District 11 title. Friday night’s game was played at the home of Tri-City Little League instead of Rocklin Little League because of a flooding situation at Rocklin (sprinklers). The game was shortened to five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule. Rocklin also beat Auburn, 4-0, earlier in the tournament. If Auburn had won Friday night then it would have had to beat Rocklin again today to win the title. “(Our pitching) was lights out,” Rocklin manager Bret Faulkner said. “We walked two batters in three games (opener was a 12-0 victory over Tri-City). What I’m really impressed with is how our guys came focused from the first inning through the last inning, even when the game got out of hand.” Rocklin scored eight runs in the top of the second inning, as several Auburn pitchers couldn’t find the strike zone. Six of the first seven batters in the inning walked and the eighth batter (Tanner McVey) hit a two-run single. Evan Durgarian hit a one-run single in the inning as well. This rally put Rocklin up 9-0 and it scored two runs in the fourth and another in the fifth. McVey threw the first three innings for Rocklin (two hits, two strikeouts) and Rocklin’s Sam Woods and JR Robinson both pitched a 1-2-3 inning out of the bullpen. Jake Faulkner went 3-for-3 with two RBI and a walk for Rocklin while McVey went 2-4 with two RBI and Robinson drove in two runs. Isaiah Pineiro and Colin Mitchell both had singles for Auburn while Eric Taylor, Eddie Vanderdoes Jr., Mitchell and Kodiak Gregerson each pitched also. Taylor was the starting pitcher, lasting into the second inning, and then he returned to pitch part of the fourth inning and all of the fifth inning. Auburn’s Tyler Lipsmeyer broke his finger in Thursday night’s game against Tri-City. Manager Eddie Vanderdoes said Lipsmeyer would have been one of Auburn’s pitchers against Rocklin if not for the injury. “He was going to pitch at some point and with Eddie, his arm wore on him and I knew he couldn’t go the whole game,” manager Eddie Vanderdoes said. Vanderdoes was impressed by his third baseman Cameron Woodside throughout the tournament. “Cameron stepped up huge. He did what I knew he was able to do and he did it at the right times,” he said. “He was very clutch and he delivered for us in and out of the dugout.”