Speedy Six Rivers Kings clinch another tournament title

Submitted photos – The Six Rivers Kings players attended a San Francisco Giants game on their recent trip.

The Six Rivers Kings won their third tournament of the year after going 4-0 in the 13U bracket at the Wine Country Classic this past weekend.

Competing at the Sonoma Field of Dreams, the Kings defeated Mt. Tamalpais 9-1 in their final game to complete an unbeaten weekend.

The championship follows a pair of tournament titles they won in Medford earlier this year, as the Kings improved to 18-4-1 overall in their first year competing together.

The team, which is made up of players from McKinleyville, Eureka, Fortuna, Ferndale and Southern Humboldt, opened the tournament with an 11-3 win over Hit Club, before beating MBA Mavericks 13-1.

Their closest game of the weekend came against South Marin Arsenal, who the Kings edged 8-7.

Several players stepped up for the team over the four games, including pitchers Tate Saso and Brayden Bermers, who set the tone on the mound and “were just unbelievable,” according to head coach Tim Brogan.

Catcher Scotty Brogan also was instrumental in the team’s success, with no passed balls allowed in 10 innings.

“That’s unheard of at 13,” the coach said. “Nothing gets by him.”

One of the team’s strengths is the speed on bases and the players have been utilizing that to great effect this year.

“We just run the boon doggles off other teams,” Tim Brogan said of his players, who had 22 stolen bases in the four tournament games. “We’re a running bunch of guys.”

Saso, Cade Renner, Scotty Brogan and Bryson Burns each had two hits in the opening game, including two doubles by Saso, a triple by Brogan and a double by Burns.

Submitted photos – The Six Rivers Kings players attended a San Francisco Giants game on their recent trip.

Bermers, Henry Hinrichs and Kyle Giacone each had two hits in game two, including a triple by Bermers, while Jake Brunner led the way against South Marin Arsenal and finished 2-for-3.

Brunner added two more hits in the final game, including a double.

Cash Mobley, Hacher Matson, Jesse Young, Jake Vasquez and Sidney Mefford each also made some noise at the plate and all hit successfully in tournament play.

The Kings players also attended a San Francisco Giants game on the trip courtesy of the MLB club.

The Kings will be back in action in a tournament in Fremont this weekend before traveling to play in a wood bat tournament in Lake Tahoe later in July, something the players are already getting excited about.

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