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Yankees take District 67 crown

The Yankees handled their business in a timely manner, finishing the Junior League District 67 TOC as the undefeated champions with their 8-4 win over the Rockies Friday.


POSTED June 26, 2010 3:23 a.m.
WESTON RANCH – If everything had went the Salida Rockies’ way they would be meeting up with the Northgate Yankees for the deciding contest of the District 67 Junior League Tournament of Champions today, but that became irrelevant when Brandon Ridgwell caught the final out of the Yankees’ 8-4 win Friday.

The Northgate champions rode the right arm of starting pitcher Dakota Connors, who struck out seven and held the Rockies in check for 5 2/3 innings. Connors worked out of tough scenarios  inherited through defensive miscues.

The Rockies answered the Yankees 1-0 first inning lead, with a two-spot in their half of the first. Connors got a quick out and then an error, followed by a bloop single to right and another error and the Rockies were resting on a 2-1 lead.

The Yankees didn’t have to fight too hard to get back in it, as the Rockies feel asleep defensively, making three errors that lead to a six-run inning. Connor and the Yankees would not look back, adding another run late for good measure.

Connors helped get the Yankees offense going, collecting a base hit in his first at bat, and coming around to score on a John Huizar laser to right-center for an RBI. Cody Kenner led off the third with a single and the Yankees got rolling.

Connors came back to the plate with the bases loaded and hit a ball in the hole to short and he threw it into the fence, allowing two runners to score before Huizar got his second hit of the game to plate two more.

The Rockies had no answer for Connors, getting runners in scoring position in four of his five-plus innings, but proving unable to get the big hit when they needed it. The pitch limit rescued the Rockies from Connors, but Andrew Ruiz atoned for shoddy defense, closing out the Rockies season.

The Yankees finished their tournament run a perfect 6-0, knocking off three Tracy teams, a club from Manteca and the Salida team twice.

Colton Thomas and Brad Tajii came around to score for the Yankees, while Connors finished 1 for 3 with a walk and two runs scored.

Lucas Garcia was 1 for 4 with a run scored, while teammate Huizar finished the contest 2 for 4.
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