Fresno’s River Park Little League teams couldn’t be stopped by district or section rivals, so now it’s left to the best in the state to try.
The 10-and-under team went 8-2, with victories over Reedley 20-7, Selma 15-2, Sierra 19-4, Sunnyside 19-3 and Reedley in the championship 11-0 at the District 10 tournament hosted by River Park.
At the Section 7 Tournament in Wasco, River Park beat Lemoore 8-6, Delano 18-3 and Lemoore 14-6. Combined in both tournaments, they outscored their opponents 150-61,
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The 12-and-under team reeled off six straight wins en route to its titles – beating Sanger 33-0, Reedley 8-5 and Madera American twice 24-4 and 6-3 at the District 10 tournament and Exeter 5-1 and Delano 10-0 for the section championship.
That’s an 86-13 edge in runs scored.
State tournaments are under way for the 10-and-under team in Yuba City and the 12’s in Alameda.
The 10U is 2-0 heading into a semifinal versus Hillsbrough at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The 12U is 2-1 as it attempts to come back through the losers’ bracket to reach Friday night’s championship.
A look at River Park Little League teams that have advanced to the state tournaments after winning district and section titles.
Roster: Logan Borboa, Caleb Cazares, Collin Hirschkorn, Kyle Imamura, Jacob Pedrali, Joey Rodriguez, Gavin Rose, Dylan Senneway, Kyle Shimamoto, Nick Shows, Jacob Silva, Dayton Tafoya, Trevor Van Ornum. Manager: Brent Borboa. Coaches: Eugene Tafoya, Rick Cazares. President: Tim Bennett
Roster: Landan Borboa, Isaiah Clark, Camden Estrada, Chase Fellows, Luke Gonzales, Zach Heaton, Degan Hernandez, Keegan Hertel, John Jimenez, Corey Juarez, Matteo Martinez, Finn McCall, Carson Tatsumura. Manager: Brian McCall. Coaches: Michael Jimenez, Walter Cumiford. President: Tim Bennett. District 10 Administrator: Mike Gentry.