The Rivercats from the Turlock American Little League Minors won their second consecutive city title after defeating the National League champion Thunder, 7-2, on Saturday at Julien Field.
“It’s pretty cool because I graduated high school with their (Thunder) coach and we played ball through high school and stuff like that, so I am happy for them,” Rivercats head coach Corey Rodriguez said.
The Rivercats saw a total of three home-runs hit over the fence by Zach Mayol, Kaden Petersen and Dominic Rodriguez (who hit two home runs for the year), totaling four home runs for the season which is rare for this stage.
Their success was seen on both sides of the ball as the offense produced well over 173 runs for the year and gave up only 47 in 17 games and finished with a 16-1 record for the year.
“It has been an awesome year and we knew when we drafted that we had a good chance,” Rodriguez said.
Dominic Rodriguez started the city title game for the ‘Cats as he pitched a no-hitter through 5 1/3 innings while striking out 10 until he was pulled due to reaching the pitch count limit. Offensively, Dominic Rodriguez was on a hot spree going 2-for-2 with a walk for the game and a perfect 8-for-8 for the playoffs.
“I am very happy and proud of them. They are easy to coach, make our jobs easier because they want to be here and are a good group. They are all baseball junkies. They all just play baseball all the time,” Corey Rodriguez said about his team.