MOVING ON TO STATE —Two locals teams crowned Section champs


Photo courtesy of RELL – The RELL All-Stars celebrate their big win.

Two local All-Star teams secured their berth in the State tournament with victories in their respective Section championship games on Monday night.

The Redwood Empire 11-year-olds defeated Chico 7-5, bouncing back from a defeat to the same team the previous night to take the Section title.

The McKinleyville 10-year-olds also won, defeating Red Bluff 18-3 in their championship game and closing out tournament play a perfect 3-0.

RELL’s Braydon Bermers got the win on the mound, allowing just one earned run in 5.2 innings.

Bermers struck out 10 and gave up just three hits and one walk, while also having an impact at the plate, where he had two hits, including a double, and an RBI.

Teammate Kyle Giacone also had a pair of hits and an RBI, while Jacob Vasquez and Scotty Brogan each hit two-RBI triples.

Photo courtesy of RELL – The RELL players celebrate on Monday night.

Wyatt Zeller also had an impact at the plate, finishing with a double and an RBI, while Cade Pinoche and Riley Schneider each had a base hit.

Schneider closed out the game on the mound, securing the big victory.

The RELL All-Stars will now travel to Turloch to compete against the best teams from the northern half of the state, with the tournament beginning on Saturday.

File photo – The McKinleyville 10-year-old All-Stars are going to the state tournament.

Mack 10s cruise again

The McKinleyville 10s made it a clean sweep in tournament action with a big victory in the championship round, and have now outscored their six playoff opponents by a combined 80-11.

The Mack bats struck early on Monday, as they took a five-run lead into the bottom half of the first inning and never looked back.

Carson Hicks was instrumental in the win, finishing 4-for-4 at the plate with a walk and scoring five runs.

He also pitched five strong innings for the victory on the mound, giving up just three runs on four hits and getting plenty of help from his defense.

Jared Brunner also had a big night, finishing 3-for-4 with four RBIs, while Blake Carper was 3-for-5 with three RBIs.

Everett Gruetzmacher added two doubles, while Teoh Arredondo had two hits, a walk and three RBIs.

Colton Hawkes was 1-for-2 with two RBIs, while Cabella Carper, Hudson Kapko, Mikey Shumard, Cyrus Eichin, and Breydon Brock each added a walk.  

The Mack All-Stars open the seven-team State tournament in Gilroy on Saturday at 2 p.m.

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