Busy night of action in store for local All-Star teams

File photo – McKinleyville’s Tate Saso

A busy few days for the district’s Little League teams continues on Monday, with three of them playing in elimination games and a fourth competing for a section championship.

Here on the North Coast, the Eel River 11-year-olds are off to a 2-0 start in their tournament and will play in the championship round at Rohner Park in Fortuna at 6 p.m. 

A win for the Eel River players will see them crowned section champs.

Three McKinleyville teams also remain in the hunt for a section championship, with all three in action on Monday night.

The 8-10s played twice on Sunday, losing a close one, 9-8, to Red Bluff in extra innings early in the day, before bouncing back to defeat Susanville 17-3 in just three innings later in the day.

Among the highlights in Sunday’s win, Hudson Kapko pitched 2.1 innings and struck out three, with Layne McCullough coming in to record the final two outs. 

Breyden Brock led the way at the plate and was 3-for-3 with three runs, while Teoh Arredondo was 2-for-3 with three runs. 

Jared Brunner also was 1-for-1 with two walks, while Liam Currell and Colton Hawkes both scored twice. Currell and Hawkes were both also robbed of base hits by the Susanville left fielder, who made two big catches in the game. 

File photo – Rhythm Green

The Mack Junior All-Stars also suffered their first defeat in tourney play on Sunday, falling 7-6 in eight innings to the Sutter-Area All-Stars.

Mike Manzi pitched well for McKinleyville, effectively shutting down the Sutter offense and allowing just two runs, before being pulled late because of his pitch count.

“He shut them down all game,” McKinleyville manager Wayne Wilson said. 

Hunter Carper provided one of the offensive highlights of the day with a monster double that almost cleared the outfield fence.

Carper finished 4-for-4.

Cody Wilson also had a big two-RBI single to give McKinleyville an early lead.

Rhythm Green also had a base hit to kickstart the early rally.

The Mack Junior All-Stars will play Yreka on Monday at 5:30 p.m., and if they win they will get a rematch against Sutter on Tuesday.

The Mack 12s will also be in action on Monday night at 6 p.m. when they play Susanville.

They kept their tournament going on Sunday with an 11-3 victory over East Redding, their second elimination game victory in two days.

The victory also came against an East Redding team that had edged McKinleyville 7-6 in extra innings on Friday night.

The Mack 12s have proven to be a difficult opponent when they have their backs to the wall and have now won seven straight elimination games dating back to the District tournament.

If they can make that eight straight against a Susanville team that is 2-0 in tournament play, then the two teams will meet again in a true championship showdown on Tuesday night.

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