Six Rivers Kings enjoy successful tournament debut

Submitted photo – The Six Rivers Kings celebrate their tournament championship on Sunday.

The newly-formed Six Rivers Kings enjoyed a very successful debut over the weekend by placing first at the March Mayhem tournament in Medford.

The local 13U travel team, which is made up of players from McKinleyville, Eureka, Fortuna, Ferndale and Southern Humboldt, won all four of its games in tournament play, including a 9-4 win over Double Play Baseball in the final.

The Kings scored four runs in the fifth inning to take control of the championship game against a team that had not given up a run in tournament play.

“We’re really proud of these kids,” head coach Tim Brogan said. “For their very first tournament as Six Rivers Kings, we just really jelled. It was a fantastic job.”

Tate Saso led the way at the plate and finished the tournament 5-for-9 with a home run, two triples, a double and four RBIs, while teammate Jake Brunner was 5-for-12 with a pair of triples and four RBIs.

Henry Hinrichs also had a big tournament and finished 3-for-7 with a triple and four RBIs, while Brayden Bermers was 4-for-10 with a double and two RBIs and Lucas Ask was 5-for-8 with two RBIs.

Scotty Brogan also hit a home run in the championship game.

“Every kid contributed,” Tim Brogan said. “Every kid performed wherever we put them and did whatever we needed them to do.”

In addition to the championship game win, the Kings also defeated the North Medford Youth Tornado 13-6 and beat the Siskiyous Slam twice by scores of 7-5 and 4-3.

Hacher Matson, Bermers, Kyle Giacone and Brunner got the wins on the mound.

Bermers pitched seven innings over the two days and struck out 12, while Matson struck out eight in six innings and Giacone had nine Ks in four innings.

The team’s combined ERA was 2.42.

Cade Renner added a pair of RBIs, while Jacob Vasquez played some outstanding defense in center field.

Cash Mobley and Jesse Young each also made the trip and played a key role in the tournament victory.

The Kings will return to action in mid April when they travel to Manteca for a tournament.

The Kings will also field a 10U team for that tournament.

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