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Ripon Dodgers take District 67 TOC minor championship
Little League District 67 TOC
The Dodgers proudly display their championship banner. - photo by Dave Campbell

The Ripon Dodgers took an early lead over the Manteca White Sox and never trailed in a 5-2 Ripon win for first place in District 67 10U Tournament of Champions at Brock Elliott School.

The Dodgers lost just once this season, finishing 24-1.

“We had three 10-year-olds that have been together since they were 8,” Ripon coach Adam Nieweg said. “They have been working as a team and they had a mission to win this banner and they came out and did it. It was great and it was fun.

“They took these 8-year-olds that were new and took them under their wing and were great leaders, worked them hard in practice, were patient with them at practice and those 8-year-olds rose up. This season was so much fun to watch. Everyone grew a ton with patience at the plate, learning the game, being smart and aggressive on the base paths and playing great defense. All year our pitchers threw strikes.”

Jase Blanco (2 for 3, triple, double, two runs) tripled to start the game for the Dodgers and scored on a sacrifice fly by Harper Downs (three RBI, run). Robbie Nieweg (3 for 3, run) singled and scored on a double by Trent Koolhaas (2 for 3, RBI, double) for a 2-0 run.

With the score tied at 2-2 going into the bottom of the fifth, Ripon put up three more runs. Luke Sanders singled to start the frame and that was followed by Blanco reaching on an error. Both scored on a Downs double and downs came in on an error off the bat of Koolhaas.

Downs started on the hill and pitched four innings, striking out six and giving up one unearned run. Robbie Nieweg pitched the final two innings, striking out the side in the fifth and allowing one hit, one run while striking out five.

Maverick Ochoa walked for the White Sox in the third inning and made the score 2-1 when he scored on an error off the bat of Jace Reynolds. Jackson Douglas doubled to start the Manteca fifth and worked his way around to score on a passed ball to tie the game at 2-2.

 

Majors

Salida White Sox 8, Manteca White Sox 3

Salida’s three runs in the top of the sixth inning put the game out of reach as the Salida won the championship game at Mossdale Landing Community Park.

Manteca managed just three hits on the day. Manteca’s Herman San Nicholas was hit by a pitch in the first inning and scored on an error off the bat of Alex Lua. Trailing 8-1 going into the bottom of the sixth, Blake Scalise doubled for Manteca to lead off the frame and came around to steal home. Brian Geer walked and scored on a throwing error but a strikeout with two runners on ended the game.