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MLL Dodgers topple Marlins
Bulletin Little League 2018
Drake Krippene of the Dodgers reaches for the plate as Marlins catcher Julian Oliveri applies the tag during the Manteca Little League minor-division championship-round contest at Lincoln Park on Thursday. - photo by Photo by SEAN KAHLER

After staving off elimination three times in the Manteca Little League minor-division consolation bracket, the Dodgers have survived another day.
They beat the top-seeded Marlins 6-1 in the championship round Thursday, and the two teams will tangle again tonight at Lincoln Park to determine the league’s champion. Also at stake is a berth to the District 67 Tournament of Champions.
The Dodgers led wire-to-wire and were buoyed by a stellar pitching effort by Louis Rivera. He struck out five of the first six batters he faced, fanning 10 over 5 1/3 innings. Brixton Ortiz closed it out and tallied four strikeouts. They combined to scatter just four hits.
The Dodgers built a 5-0 lead through three innings. Rivera contributed a single and an RBI double in the early barrage. Mateo Esparza finished 3 for 3 from the top of the order. Carson Sablan and Krish Sandhu added two hits apiece. Ortiz chipped in a pair of runs.
The Marlins threatened late to get back into it.
In the bottom of the fifth, Josh Husband singled and scored when A.J. Queirolo drew a bases-loaded walk.
Then in the sixth, Xavier Hardiman and Alberto Cervantes tagged back-to-back one-out singles to bring the top of the order up, but Ortiz was able to come out of it scot-free with two straight strikeouts.