River Park & Reedley Shut Down Madera Little Leagues' In All Star Tournament Print
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Monday, 09 July 2012 01:46

FRESNO - For the first time in the eleven year history of their facility, River Park Little League in Fresno hosted a District 10 all star tournament. Not just one game, but they hosted all three divisions. In the end, River Park and Reedley Little Leagues' shut down all three teams from Madera's two Little Leagues to advance to the Section 7 tournaments that will be hosted in Selma, Lemoore and Exeter next weekend.


In the ten year old division, the boys from Madera American came into the championship series undefeated and fully rested. The team from Reedley, on the other hand, had to battle through the losers bracket beating Selma and River Park to make it to the championship series which they had to win two games over Madera American only having to win one.

After handing Madera American their first lost Saturday night, Reedley had to come back Sunday to do it all over again. After six innings they ended Madera American's season serving up their second loss in as many days 13-6.

During the game Madera American chief umpire Grant Myers had to stop the game and put both teams in their dugouts because of the behavior of the Madera American parents. Parents were yelling at umpires, Reedley coaches and players (9 & 10 years-old). Once the parents calmed down and behaved themselves the game was allowed to resume.

Reedley now advances to the 10 year-old Section 7 tournament in Lemoore this weekend.

The 12 year old River Park team managed by Monte Preito went undefeated in the District 10 tournament taking the championship home for River Park Saturday night. River Park and Madera American battled it out to see who would represent the district at the Section 7 tournament in Selma. What fans got was a classic pitchers duel with no score into the third inning when River Park's Treston Bumatay ran across the plate putting them up one to nothing.

In the fifth inning Madera American would answer that score, but River Park had one more up it's sleeve to win the game 2-1 and continue their undefeated march towards Williams Port. RP's Dusty Schramm went 2-3 at the plate.

Sunday night the final game of the District 10 tournament saw Madera National Little League returning to a championship game. Last year the 12 year-old team from that league won the District and Sectional tournaments to go to the state championship for the first time.

This year the 11 year-old team from River Park captured a blowout 11-3 win in six innings on their home field against Madera National. The River Park 11's scored five runs in the fifth on a two run single by Kyle Moats, a sacrifice fly by Wayne Rutledge, and a two run double by Mikell Chavez. Chavez racked up two RBIs on three hits for River Park.

RJ Bernal had an impressive outing against Madera National's lineup. Bernal held Madera hitless over 2 1/3 innings, allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out three. Four relief pitchers made sure the win didn't fall through the cracks. Bernal faced seven batters in relief, while Moats managed to record five outs to aid the victory.

The top of the first saw River Park take an early lead, 3-0. River Park got a spark in the form of a James Ikemiya single, before Rutledge doubled, scoring Brook Jones. The Fresno team added more runs when Rutledge scored on an RBI single by Chavez and then Chavez scored on an RBI single by Trevor Fondtain.

Madera knotted the game at three in the second inning but stranded bases loaded in three straight innings. They just couldn't seem to successfully win an inning after tying the game.

The 11 year-old team from River Park will advance to their Section 7 tournament in Exeter this weekend. Their first game is at 7pm Saturday night.

Week One of District 10 All Star Tournament
Tournament of Champions in Madera
Editorial on the State of District 10