The River Park 10-and-under Little League team won a state championship this weekend.
And they did it in dramatic fashion.
Carson Tatsumura, 10, smacked a go-ahead, three-run double during the top of the sixth (the final inning) to propel River Park to a 10-7 victory against Hillsborough in the Norcal state championships Saturday in Sutter.
This is the stuff they’ll remember forever.
River Park manager Brian McCall
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“I would say this has got to be one of their most memorable experiences in their lives,” River Park manager Brian McCall said. “The boys worked so hard and they put in all the effort.
“This is the stuff they’ll remember forever.”
River Park finished 4-1 in the double-elimination state tournament and 12-3 overall for the summer while also winning a district and section title.
River Park found itself playing in a winner-takes-all championship game Saturday after beating Hillsborough on Thursday but then falling to them Friday.
Tatsumura was River Park’s starting pitcher Saturday and lasted 3 1/3 innings.
He also hit a three-run homer during the first inning that helped River Park jump out to a 6-0 lead in the championship.
6RBI’s by River Park’s Carson Tatsumura in the Little League 10-and-under NorCal state championship
In all, Tatsumura finished with six RBIs.
As part of the 10-and-under circuit, River Park’s season now comes to an end since they do not compete at the national level.
The 11-and-under division also ends its season at the state level.
The 12-and-under league, however, gets to compete nationally should the team advance.
River Park’s 12-and-under team finished runner-up in the state.
2017 River Park 10U All-Stars
Manager: Brian McCall
Coach: Michael Jimenez
Coach: Walter Cumiford
River Park Little League president: Tim Bennett
District 10 administrator: Mike Gentry