Trinity Diesel bats come out swinging in TOC championship

Photos by Ray Hamill/ – Talon Turner is congratulated by his teammates after hitting a home run during Tuesday’s TOC championship game.

By Ray Hamill — Tuesday was a good night for McKinleyville Little League.

And in particular, it was a good night for the Trinity Diesel players.

After placing third in the final league standings this spring, the Trinity Diesel players saved their best for last, capping a big few days at the District 26 Tournament of Champions with an impressive 12-2 win over Rich Drilling in Tuesday’s all-McKinleyville championship game.

The Trinity Diesel bats came out swinging in the third inning and scored nine runs to pull away for the victory.

Talon Turner led off the inning with a home run to center field — his seventh of the season — and it sparked his teammates, who would add eight more runs on five hits in the inning.

Turner finished the game 3-for-3, including a two-RBI single later in the same inning.

Ten-year-old Teoh Arredondo pitched a gem for the win, holding the high-scoring Drillers to just two early runs and striking out eight batters.

There were plenty of other big performances for the champions, including Hudson Kapko.

The lead-off batter had an outstanding night at the plate and finished 4-for-4 with three RBIs.

Kapko hit a two-out, game-tying RBI double in the second inning, as Trinity Diesel battled back from an early 2-1 deficit, and he would add a two-RBI double in the third to help keep his team’s big inning going.

The Trinity Diesel players celebrate their win after thew final out on Tuesday.

Trinity Diesel had 10 hits total.

Cabella Carper also had a big night in the win, on both sides of the plate.

The catcher had RBI base hits in both the second and third innings and reached base three of the four times she went to bat.

She also drove in what would prove to be the winning run in the second, scoring Kapko from second base just moments after he had tied the game with his double.

Next up for the local Little League players are the all-star tournaments which get under way this weekend.

The 8-10s get things started at Arcata on Saturday.

Game one sees Klamath Trinity and Southern Humboldt face off at noon, followed by the host team and Eel River at 3 p.m.

McKinleyville and Redwood Empire play the winners on Sunday.


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