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Souza blasts As into Tournament of Champions
Jared Strack of the White Sox gets around the tag of Blake Gainous of the A’s at third on Thursday in a 3-0 win for the A’s in the Spreckels Park Major championship game and a berth in the District 67 Tournament of Champions. - photo by Photo By Dave Campbell

Jacob Souza hit two home runs Thursday to lead the A’s to a 3-0 win over the White Sox on Thursday in the Spreckels Park major championship game and with that championship the A’s earned a berth in the District 67 Tournament of Champions.

Souza (2 for 3, two home runs) launched a two-out offering over the fence in the first inning for a 1-0 A’s lead and in the sixth blasted what appeared to be a two-run shot for a 4-0 lead, but the runner on base missed third and was called out on appeal, dropping the A’s lead to 3-0.

Steven Halleck got off to a rocky start on the mound for the A’s, giving up a single to Mark Vicente and three walks in the first inning. But Halleck helped himself out of the jam, successfully covering home on two overthrows to tag out White Sox runners on relays from battery mate Josh LeLaurin.

LeLaurin ended the first inning when he fired a throw to Souza to nab an unsuccessful White Sox attempt at stealing second. After that, Halleck allowed just two hits – a ground-rule double by Tristin Walker and a single by Jared Strack.

Halleck walked just one and struck out three. His White Sox counterpart Leo Soto allowed four hits, struck out nine and walked two.

Steven Rios (2 for 3) plated LeLaurin on a single in the third inning for the other A’s run.        

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Dodgers 6, Yankees 3

Ryan Zavala struck out eight batters over 5 1/3 innings, and Tim Couch closed it out with the save to help the Dodgers earn their berth to today’s championship game.

Tyler Soulier crushed an RBI double in the third when the Dodgers took the lead for good, 3-1. John Loon drove in the Yankees’ final run, Kyle Dorland, in the sixth with a bases-loaded walk.

Harrison Heath and Eli Andrews also had RBI knocks for the Dodgers. River Fletcher and Couch each plated a run. Daniel Ruiz legged out a triple and scored the Yankees’ first run in the opening inning.

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Timber Rattlers 8, Team Express 2
The Timber Rattlers got production up and down the lineup Wednesday to advance to today’s championship-round contest with the Bisons.

Gary Alexander (triple, two RBIs) and Zach White (RBI) were each 3 for 3 to lead the T’Rattlers. Dennis Crum (2 for 3, double, triple), Dylan Guice (RBI), Joshua Sastaneda and Gabriel Rector each went 2 for 3.

Sastaneda and Rector both roped key RBI singles in the top of the sixth, as the Timber Rattlers led just 3-0 going into the final frame.