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10-year-olds to play in District championship game
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Noah Baltazar tags first base as his teammate crosses home plate behind him during Thursdays semi-final game against Yosemite. - photo by FRANKIE TOVAR / The Journal

The 10-year-old Turlock National All-Stars showcased an aggressive offense on Thursday, defeating the Yosemite All-Stars 15-5 at Soderquist Park. The National All-Stars are now in Monday’s California District 73 Little League Championship game where they will face the winner of today’s matchup between Yosemite and the Turlock American All-Stars.

“It’s been unexpected,” National coach Rob Tury said. “The kids really came together and played well.”

The National All-Stars broke the game open in the top of the second inning with big hits and a little help from Yosemite’s errors. Christian Avalos, Luke Redman, Daniel Orosco, Than Fisher, and Noah Baltazar strung together a six-run second inning that left Yosemite reeling.

After scoring in the bottom of the second inning, Yosemite’s All-Stars allowed four more runs in the top of the third inning, making it 10-1. Yosemite scored four runs in the bottom of the third inning in an attempt to extend the game, but the National All-Stars’ five runs in the fourth all but sealed their semi-final victory.

“The kids are real excited to be in the championship game,” Tury said. “We’re just watching to see how it plays out now.”

The site and time for Monday’s championship game has yet to be determined but chances are it will be played in Atwater based on the location’s neutrality.