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Dodgers score early, cruise into TOC
Elias Andrews rounds second base on his way to an inside the park homerun Saturday in the Dodgers’ 8-3 win over the Red Sox.
Jacob Garcia helped ignite the Dodgers when he got on base and used his speed to turn in their first run. He would save his biggest contribution, though, for later.

Garcia came on in relief with the bases loaded and no outs in the fourth and did the job, helping the Dodgers win 8-3 and capture the Northgate Little League championship as well as a berth into the District 67 Tournament of Champions.

The Dodgers outlasted a determined Red Sox group who struck first in the contest, scoring their first run in the top-half of the first. Nicholas Sims drove a pitch to the outfield to score Brandon Gustufson from first base.

The Dodgers answered quickly with Garcia’s first run and provided themselves a little cushion with a four-run second inning, highlighted by back-to-back rockets off the bats of Ryan Zavala and Elias Andrews.

Zavala smashed a RBI triple and Andrews followed suit, blasting a pitch into right field and coming around to score for an inside-the-park homerun.

Once again, the Red Sox responded, pushing across a pair in the fourth inning when Tyler Slaughter got a hold of a pitch and drove it deep to centerfield for a homerun. The drive drew speculation as to whether it bounced over the fence, but Slaughter’s blast was upheld.

The pair of runs cut the Dodgers lead to 5-3, but like champions, the team rebounded, pushing across two more in the bottom of the fourth to put themselves up for good. The Dodgers would add another run in the fifth when Ryan Austin came around to score.

The game-breaking moment was when Garcia came on to put out the fire in relief. With the Red Sox one hit away from at least tying the game, Garcia came on and got a quick pop-out to shortstop Tyler Soulier and then got a strikeout, ceasing the Red Sox threat and leaving the bases juiced.

The Dodgers will kick off district 67 TOC action in Tracy.

Minor “B”
Bisons 16, Rattlers 2
The Bisons were able to put away any ill effects of a heartbreaking loss to the Rattlers Friday, jumping out to an early 8-0 lead and never looked back, steam rolling to the Northgate Little League championship with a one-sided 16-2 win over the Rattlers.

The Bisons scored three in the first, five in the second, four in the third and added four more over the next two frames to bring home the title.

Eric Nascimento led the charge with a 3 for 3 day, including a homerun, triple and a single. Nascimento also drove in four runs. Brayden Hardcastle finished the contest 3 for 3 with three RBIs and a run, while teammate Anthony Ramos was 2 for 2 with a pair of runs scored.

Devon Bacon did all he could do in the Rattler loss, going 2 for 2 and scoring a run. Teammate Steve Carson came on late to score the rattlers only other run.

— Jagada Chambers