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Yankees top Giants in TOC
Turlock teams meet in rematch of City title game
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Yankee players celebrate after Dominic Rodriguez hit a three-run dinger in the third inning during Sundays game at Soderquist against the Giants of the National League. - photo by Photo Contributed

The Turlock National League Giants had another shot at defeating their American League foes the Yankees in a Tournament of Champions matchup on Sunday.

The Giants came into Sunday's game confident, after defeating Los Banos in a 13-3 mercy-rule victory on Saturday. However, the Giants saw history repeat itself when the Yankees came away with yet another win, this time 13-1.

Only one run was scored between both sides heading into the third inning before the Yankees shot away with a four-run third inning and by the sixth, Cameron Ward's grand slam had lifted the Yanks to their second win over the Giants.

“I thought we played well. I was pleased with how we pitched and hit,” said Yankees head coach Kurtis Carr.

“We committed some errors. Basically, whoever made the errors will have a long game,” said Giants head coach Lyle Zimmer.

The game ended up being longer for the Giants then they had anticipated after the Yankees forced Giants starter Justin Hill to throw about 60 pitches after just two innings of work.

Hill eventually struck out 10 of the Yankee hitters in 3 and 1/3 innings of work before being relieved.

“Justin was tossing very well, I mean we just worked the count and really did a great job with our at-bats,” said Carr about Hill's performance.

With a tight game at 1-0 heading into the third, the Yankees were able to strike and take a big lead when Dominic Rodriguez smashed a three-run homer to go up 5-0 going into the fourth inning.

“That homer really seemed to take the pressure off us early,” said Carr.

With the bases loaded on two occasions, the Giants also failed to produce any runs and left over five runners in scoring position.

“We really couldn't get the hits we needed when they were crucial for us,” Zimmer said. “If we get some hits, then the outcome of the game is changed but the dynamic could not change, makes a big difference.”

The hit never came for the Giants as Yankees starter Cameron Ward kept the batters at bay, and he tossed four shutout innings, struck out nine while walking four.

The Yanks added on four more runs, taking a 9-0 lead heading into the bottom half of the fourth.

The Giants scored their lone run in the fifth inning, but by that time the Yankees just needed to hold on.

The prayer was answered when Ward’s grand slam in the sixth put the game out of reach and with a 13-1 score, the Yankees punched their ticket to the semifinal contest.

Cooper Carr, Kaden Peterson, Ward and Rodriguez each had a multi-hit game with at least one RBI.

The Giants will play square off against Yosemite at Soderquist at 4:30 p.m. today.

The next game for the Yankees will be at Soderquist against Atwater at 7 p.m. today.

“Atwater scored 20 runs in their first game so we will have to pitch well and hit also,” Carr added.