Plenty of excitement as TOC makes a welcome return

Photos by Ray Hamill/ – RELL’s Athletics won their opening game at Saturday’s TOC in Cutten.

By Ray Hamill — The district Little League Tournament of Champions got under way at the Redwood Fields in Cutten on Saturday, with plenty of fans in attendance and some impressive performances from several teams.

The three-day, single-elimination tournament began with four quarterfinals on day one, and will continue with the semifinal round on Sunday and a big championship showdown on Monday night.

In the opening game on Saturday, Arcata defeated Redwood Empire’s No. 2 team, followed by a happy Klamath Trinity team beating the Eel River champions in game two.

“Klamath Trinity brought a lot of energy,” said RELL’s Devin Theobald, who is helping to host the event. “They were really excited to play.”

They’ll get the chance to do so again on Sunday when they play Arcata for a place in Monday’s championship game.

In other games on Saturday, RELL’s A’s beat Southern Humboldt’s Dodgers in a high-scoring showdown with plenty of big hits from players on both teams.

The A’s came into the tournament as one of the favorites and they certainly lived up to expectations in their opener.

On Sunday they will play the McKinleyville boys after they got the better of Eel River’s No. 2 team in the final game of the day.

Sunday’s acton gets under way at 10 a.m. with the Arcata and Klamath Trinity semifinal, which will be followed by the much-anticipated showdown between the RELL and McKinleyville champions at 12:30 p.m.

Monday’s championship is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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