Little League Baseball: St. Helena Contends for District 53 Tournament of Champions Junior Title | Sports

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ANDY WILCOX

13-year-old St. Helena Little League junior division team the Rangers will face Benicia Gold for the championship of the five-team District 53 Tournament of Champions after beating American Canyon 4-2 at the St. Helena High have defeated Sunday morning.

Rangers’ Ben Brakesman was the game’s only multiple hitter, going 2 for 4 with a double and 2 RBIs. Kolton Smith was 1 for 3 with a walk, Adam Herdell went 1 for 4 with a run made, Henry Ray was 1 for 2 with a walk, was hit by a throw and scored a run, Charlie Blaum milked 3 walks and scored two and Dom Bastos drew 2 walks.

Elias Kelly threw the first five innings for the win, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) with 3 hits, 5 walks, a hit batter, and 8 strikeouts. Blaum pitched the last two innings, allowing 1 hit and striking out 3.

For American Canyon, Tyler Tran was 1 for 4 with a double, Caden James went 1 for 3 with a run made, Royce Hall was 1 for 3 with a walk and run scored, Andre Lopez went 1 for 4, Matias Ubillus made 2 walks, Chaise Pasion milked a walk and was hit by a toss, and Lorenzo Webb drew a walk.

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Lopez gave up 2 earned runs in the first three innings with 3 hits, 4 walks, 1 hit batter, and 6 strikeouts, and Hall allowed 2 unearned runs in the last three frames with 2 hits, 3 walks, and 5 strikeouts.

Benicia Gold, who advanced Sunday afternoon with a 10-1 win over Calistoga at the same venue, will host St. Helena for the title Tuesday at 6pm at Fitzgerald Field in the single elimination tournament.

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Napa Valley Optometric Group 6, Sonoma Yankees 5

Six players from the Napa American No. 1 Seed Napa Valley Optometric Group scored in a 6-5 thriller against Sonoma No. 1 Seed, the Yankees, in a Little League District 53 Tournament of Champions minor division opener Sunday at Benicia Community Park.

The Yankees, down 6-4 in the sixth and final inning, left bases loaded after drawing three walks but hitting just one run.

Christopher Herbert (1-3, 1-3) of Napa led the game with a singles and scored when Ronan McGinty (3-3, doubles) gave him a 1-0 lead. Sonoma’s pitcher hit the next three batsmen of that inning and all three in the second before NVOG’s Everett Stewart led the third with a walk to make it 2-0. Ryan Appleby also walked but was thrown to third base after a fielder’s pick to end the inning.

In the fifth, with NVOG trailing 4-2, Parker Dodson was hit by a pitch, Appleby walked again and both scored to make it 4-4. Liam Cokeley also left but was stranded at second base.

In the seventh, McGinty and Lucas Gonzalez (1-3, doubles) took a 6-4 lead. Paulo Vietti also went but was stranded.

Joaquin Corona (1 for 3) also doubled for NVOG, who will play No. 2 seed Tri-Valley – a 14-1 winner over Fairfield Atlantic – at Benicia Community Park on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

The Napa American No. 2-seed, Mark Coleman State Farm, earned a first-round bye and will face American Canyon — a 12-7 winner over Benicia’s No. 2-Seed – playing at 5:30 p.m. on the Tri-Valley Fields in Cordelia.

Wyman Property Management 14, Yountville 3, 5 innings

Napa Nationals No. 1 seed amassed 14 hits and five walks as he won his opener at Benicia Community Park on Sunday. After Wyman scored four runs in the first, the Yountville Giants scored three runs with a single by Leland Grabski (1 for 2, walk) and walks by Francesco Bertoz, Marcel Compagnon and Thompson and Titus Hutchings, and a pitch hit by Dominic.

But Wyman responded with five runs in the third, two in the fourth and three in the fifth.

Pence LaPolla went 3 for 3 with 3 runs scored, Quinn Grinnell was 3 for 3, Paxton LaPolla and Griffen Smith were each 2 for 3 with two runs scored, Dylan Buffler went 2 for 2 with a walk and 2 runs scored, Vince DiGiulio was it was 1-2 with a walk and 2 runs scored, Lucas Banta went 1-2 with 1 walk and 1 run scored, Joseph DiGiulio was 1-2 with a run scored and Johan Juarez made 2 walks and scored a run.

Wyman pitcher Paxton LaPolla gave up 7 walks and hit 2 batters but had 8 strikeouts.

For Yountville, Grabski went 1 for 2 with a walk, Callen Benton walked, Bertoz walked twice and Hutchings had a walk and was hit by a toss.

Wyman takes on the Benicia No. 1 at Benicia Community Park on Tuesday at 17:30 CET.

Sonoma Athletics 8, Ranch Market 5

Sonoma’s No. 2 seed eliminated Napa Nationals No. 2 seed Sunday at the Tri-Valley fields in Cordelia.

For Ranch Market, Benicio Lockhart went 1 for 1 with a solo home run, 2 walks and 2 runs scored,

Theodore Rippey was 1-2 with a triple, Jack Holthouse was 1-2 with a walk and run, and Ellis Buckles was 1-2 with a run. Sebastian Corona walked and scored, Johnathan Cestnik, Brayden Wilson and Jackson Howden had 2 walks each and Danger Krull, Dominic DiPiero and Nicholas Navone each drew 1 walk.

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