After a first round bye, the Turlock National Little League Majors champion Rockies dominated the Mariposa Reds, 13-1, at Soderquist field on Thursday to advance to the championship game of the Tournament of Champions.
It was a blistering hot day last Saturday with temperatures reaching well over the triple digit mark in the Valley as the Turlock Seadogs placed first in the Oakdale Invitational with a score of 1,575, while the second place Ripon squad trailed by over 100 points. It is the second time this season that the Seadogs have won an invitational.
The Tigers have won the Turlock American Little League Majors title after lighting up the scoreboard against the Indians, 22-10, at Julien field in a game that started on Tuesday night and was carried into Wednesday.
It was 1-1 until the final inning, when the mighty Twins did all they could and forced the Tigers pitching to walk five and allow eight unanswered runs to take the 9-1 victory in the first round of the American Little League Majors playoffs on Thursday.
The Dodgers of the Turlock National Little League Majors have another shot at the top seeded Rockies, after defeating the Marlins, 12-5, in the semi-finals. The Dodgers nailed Thursday's win after a hot fifth inning rally that saw five runs scored.
The Dodgers' late rally on Monday in the second round of the Turlock National Little League Majors playoffs was not enough to overcome their four run deficit as the defending champion Rockies kept their cool in the final inning to close out the 7-5 victory and move on to the championship game Saturday at Soderquist field.
The Turlock Seadogs summer swimming program placed first out of six teams at the Tracy Invitational, taking the tournament by storm and for the first time in the program's history coming home as victors. The Seadogs dominated the meet by 50 or more points, a tremendous feat in the swimming world. Swimmers ranged in age from 3 up to 18, and the Seadogs took 122 representatives out of its 180 strong squad.
The season began as it has concluded - with a ton of high powered offense coming from both the majors and also the minors side of the Turlock American Little League. With only one weekend left of action for the regular season, players are preparing for the postseason.