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Sunday, 15 July 2012 13:22

SELMA - The River Park All Stars from Little League District 10 split their openers in the Section 7 Tournament in Exeter and Selma this weekend. The Eleven year-olds took the field Saturday night in Exeter to face Lemoore from district 61. The twelve year-olds got a bye Saturday night to play the winner of the Lemoore / Visalia National game on Sunday. The end results left only one River Park team in the winners bracket.


Three pitchers combined to throw a no-hitter for The River Park 11's in a 10-0 victory in four innings over Lemoore - District 61 on Saturday at Exeter .

Robert (RJ) Bernal, Brock Jones and Wayne Rutledge tallied five strikeouts and walked one in completing the no-no in four innings.

Bernal had an impressive outing against Lemoore - District 61 's lineup. Bernal held Lemoore  - District 61 hitless over 1 2/3 innings, allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out two. He also stayed under his 20 pitch count to remain available for any game River Park may need him.

Eight runs in the first three innings helped River Park blow out Lemoore - District 61. An RBI triple by Rutledge, an RBI double by Bacci Bryant, an RBI single by Bernal, and a sacrifice fly by Kyle Moats in the first inning and an RBI double by Mikell Chavez and a two-run double by Bernal during the second inning supplied the early offense for River Park.

Rutledge racked up two RBIs on one hit for River Park who play again Sunday evening. A second win for River Park will put them in the championship game and on their way to Watsonville for the 11 year-old state championship.

Back in Selma Sunday morning the River Park 12 year-olds failed to take advantage of Adrian Martinez's effort at the plate on Sunday, losing 5-4 to Visalia National in six innings.

Martinez rocked Visalia National with two home runs. Martinez went 2-3 in the game with three RBIs and two runs scored. Martinez homered in the second and fourth innings.

Ian Oehlschlaeger looked sharp on the mound. Visalia National managed just one hit off of Oehlschlaeger, who allowed no earned runs, walked one and struck out nine during his five innings of work.

Visalia National was sparked by Hector and Alex, who teamed up for two hits and five RBIs. They stayed on top until the final out after taking the lead in the first, scoring five runs on two blasts.

One run in the bottom of the second helped River Park close its deficit to 5-1. A solo home run by Martinez sparked River Park's rally. Hayden Sanders struck out to end the River Park's threat.

After pushing across one run in the bottom of the third, River Park faced just a 5-2 deficit. An RBI single by Nick Caviglia fueled River Park's' comeback. Visalia National stopped the rally after Hector got Isaiah Hadded to strike out.

Two River Park runs crossed the plate in the bottom half of the fourth, making the score 5-4. A two-run home run by Martinez triggered River Park's comeback. Finally, Hector induced an inning-ending strike out from Dusty Schram.

With today's lost for the 12 year-old River Park team they will be forced to play Monday with the first championship game on Tuesday. They must win both games to force a third game against Visalia National on Wednesday if they hope to advance to the state championship in Fremont.

In the ten year old tournament in Lemoore the district 10 team from Reedley won their first game on Saturday and will play again tonight.


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