Tri-City battles back to stay alive at Regionals

Trip to Williamsport on the line
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Tri-City vs. Nevada

On ESPN 6 p.m. Friday

In dramatic fashion, the Tri-City Little League 10-12 All Stars fought their way back from an opening loss at the West Regionals to eliminate Southern California’s Park View LL 7-5 Wednesday night in San Bernardino.

They will play either Hawaii or Nevada in a semifinal round Friday. Hawaii and Nevada played Thursday, with the winner advancing to the championship round undefeated.

PVLL of Chula Vista pulled off a big win over Tri-City Sunday, but the Rocklin Nine did not let that shake them Wednesday in their quest to reach the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.

After being hit in the face with a pitch the day before, Troy Ueltzen was able start on the hill for TCLL. He was relieved by Ben Tipper, who got out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth inning after intentionally walking one of Park View’s big guns.

“(Tipper) threw 85 pitches and did fantastic,” said TCLL manager Dave Ueltzen. “One of the most memorable moments was we walked a run in, which was a little risky.”

The Tri-City skipper said they purposely walked PVLL’s two biggest hitters, after discovering the duo was responsible for 12 of SoCal’s runs in the first game.  

Tanner Dykstra came in to close.

Tri-City’s Nathan Erickson had three hits and scored three runs. Tyler Allen also had three hits and scored, and Gavin Correia drove in two runs.

The Chula Vista club lost 5-3 to Nevada Tuesday, after winning their first two games.

Tri-City 6, Utah 0

With their backs against the wall, TCLL rebounded with a shutout victory to stave off elimination.

Erickson pitched a no-hitter against the Utes, while his teammates supplied the power at the plate.

Aiden Weissenberg-Frost had three hits, including his second home run of the tournament, to help lead the Rocklin club into the next round.

Utah and Arizona were eliminated in round two.

SoCal Park View LL 16, TCLL 8

Tri-City got off to a good start against Park View Sunday, but a strong comeback by the Chula Vista team resulted in a 16-8 loss at Houghton Stadium.

Erickson got things going early with a solo home run for a 1-0 lead. The Rocklin club upped the score when Adam Van Der Kamp drove in Weissenberg-Frost for a 2-0 lead.

Weissenberg-Frost started on the mound for the locals and kept Park View in check until the second inning. In the second, SoCal picked up a run to narrow the lead to one.

PVLL made a pitching change in the second inning to quiet Tri-City’s bats. Following a three-up-three-down inning, Park View scored on a two-run home run for a 3-2 lead, prompting TCLL to relieve Weissenberg-Frost with Gavin Correia.

Correia was met with a similar fate, giving SoCal a 4-2 lead and the momentum.

However, the maroon-clad boys did not go away quietly. Weissenberg-Frost showed his prowess at the plate as well, sending the ball into the crowd to cut PVLL’s lead to 4-3.

But Tri-City could get no closer.