The Aptos Little League champion Dodgers pitcher Grant Kolassa works during the sixth inning of their District 39 Majors Tournament of Champions against the Watsonville American Little League champion Angels Thursday at Harvey West Park. -- Tony Nunez/Register-Pajaronian
The Aptos Little League champion Dodgers escaped elimination and brought the Watsonville American Little League champion Angels season to a close with a 13-10 win Thursday in the District 39 Majors Tournament of Champions at Harvey West park in Santa Cruz.
After the Dodgers jumped out to a 9-1 lead in the third inning the Angels fought their way back and came within one run, 11-10 in the fifth inning on an RBI single from Rocky Ramirez.
The Dodgers outfielder rifled in a throw to the catcher and caught the game-tying run trying to score to keep the one-run cushion intact.
The next inning Colby Sturgill hit a two RBI double to extend the lead to three and pitcher Grant Kolassa got the final three Angels batters to go down in order.
Angels leadoff hitter Isaiah Rocha was 4-for-4 with two RBIs and catcher Ryan Itamura had a double and two RBIs.
Sturgill had a double, two singles and brought home three for the Dodgers. His teammate Jake Lanagan also had a double and two singles, while smacking two RBIs. Grant Kolassa was 4-for-4 and Casey Bailey finished with two RBIs on a double and a single.
The Dodgers move on to another elimination game against the winner of Santa Cruz American and Santa Cruz National champions. The game will be today at 3 p.m. at Harvey West Park.
• Minors - The Aptos Little League Minors champions play the Capitola/Soquel Little League Minors champions today at noon at Live Oak Little League for a spot in the championship game.
Neither team has lost so far.
• 7-8 Year olds - The Watsonville American Little League 7-8-year-old champion beat the Santa Cruz National champion 12-11 Wednesday in an elimination game.
They will play today at Pinto Lake at 1 p.m.
The Aptos Little League champion plays in the early game at 10 a.m. against Live Oak Little League.
JULIE ORTIZ SETS STATE RECORD AND FINISHES 1ST IN TWO EVENTS
• In her second ever powerlifting meeting, Watsonville’s Julie Ortiz took first in the deadlift and bench press, while setting a state record in the lift, at a World Association of Benchpressers and Deadlifters meet June 7th at the Hyatt in Monterey.
She deadlifted 275 pounds to take first place and pushed up a state record in the bench press of 137 pounds to also take first, while competing in the 165-pound weight class of the junior women division.
TY SAMBRAILO VOTED TO ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST PRESEASON TEAMS
• St. Francis Central Coast Catholic High alum, and current Colorado State offensive tackle Tyler Sambrailo was voted as an All-Mountain West preseason selection by nine different websites and magazines that cover the NCAA Division I football conference.
He was a first-teamer in eight of the nine selections.
• Thursday, June 12 - In the June 12 edition of the Register-Pajaronian Dominic Herandez was mistakenly identified in the picture “Throwing Heat.”
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