Tri-City rolls into Division championship undefeated
WATSONVILLE _ The indomitable Tri-City 11-year-old All Stars put themselves on the path to claim the Little League NorCal Division championship with another dramatic victory in the closing innings of Wednesday night’s game against River Park of Clovis.
Tri-City’s Levi Bare launched a hit to deep right field in the seventh inning that easily cleared the fence to give his club a 4-3 edge over River Park. Thanks to the pitching of closer Chandler Dakin it proved to be enough for Tri-City to reach the championship round beginning Friday.
The Rocklin club battled back from a 3-1 deficit in the fifth inning when Dominic Souto, Bare and Chase Webb came up with clutch hits to tie the game.
After Souto doubled, Bare drove him in swinging from the south side of the plate to scorch a shot down the left-field line and cut the Clovis club's lead to one. Webb then ripped one up the middle to score Bare and tie the game.
That comeback set the stage for Bare’s fourth home run of the tournament and Dakin’s performance on the hill. Bare also had two doubles in the contest.
Tri-City 7, Vacaville
Webb pitched four strong innings and jacked two, two-run home runs for the maroon-and-gold to put the Section 1 champions in the loss column.
Souto came on in relief in the fifth to hold Vacaville at bay while delivering two hits at the plate and further Tri-City’s cause. Bare again let the aluminum ring out for his third round-tripper of the tournament.
Tri-City’s success hasn't all been due to hitting. On defense, Casey Frey made a diving catch in right field and catcher Miles Grishman cut down a runner trying to reach first on a bunt.