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June 18, 2013 > Newark American wins District 14 Tournament

Newark American wins District 14 Tournament

Submitted By Mike Heightchew
Photos By Mike Heightchew

Friday, June 14: Newark American Little League (NALL) beat Niles-Centerville Little League (NCLL) 11-3 to win the 2013 CA District 14 Junior Tournament of Champions. NCLL won an earlier contest with Newark National Little League 8-5 before moving into the Championship Game. Because seven leagues entered the tournament, NALL drew a bye in the first round; then controlled Centerville National Little League with great all around play, running up a 14-5 score to move into to the finals.

NALL scored early with timely hitting, drawing first blood with a run in the bottom of the first inning on an error and two-out double. Scoring for Newark American continued with a powerful hit single, a well-timed double and two-run single. In the third inning, a base on balls, wild pitch, and an RBI single, a perfect sacrifice bunt and high overthrow at first plated another run.

After three full innings the score was NALL 3, NCLL 2. and still anyone's ballgame In the bottom of the 4th, the winds of fortune just seemed to blow Newark's way and NALL scored four runs, two unearned and two on a two-run double. At the end of four complete innings, the score was NALL 7, NCLL 2. NALL put together another four-run rally in the bottom of the 5th, with a bases-loaded two-run double. But NCLL, still put up a good fight as they scored their last run in the top of the 6th but just did not have enough hitting to win. NALL finished with a well deserved 11-3 victory.

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