Lodi 11s win pitcher’s duel to open state

Lodi News-Sentinel - - SPORTS - By David Witte NEWS-SEN­TINEL SPORTS ED­I­TOR

Two pitch­ers com­bined for a two-hit shutout as the Lodi 11U base­ball all-star team opened the Cen­tral Cal­i­for­nia Cal Rip­ken state tour­na­ment with a 1-0 win over Fowler.

Haiden Ed­wards started and went 5 in­nings at Salas Park, allowing two hits and strik­ing out two batters be­fore giv­ing way to Quin­ton Salus­tra, who struck out two in the fi­nal in­ning.

Ed­wards kept his pitch count to 45 across his five in­nings of work.

“He dom­i­nated the whole game,” Lodi coach Juan Tril­las said. “He was throw­ing first-pitch strikes, he stayed ahead in the count, and kept them off bal­ance with his changeup.”

With Fowler’s Daniel Del­gado also deal­ing, a pitcher’s duel car­ried into the third in­ning, when Lodi’s Axel Ve­lasquez dou­bled, then scored on a dou­ble from the next bat­ter, Juan Ul­loa, for the game’s only run.

Tril­las pointed out the team’s clean de­fense be­hind Ed­wards, which fea­tured a long run­ning catch by short­stop Ry­lan Taka­hashi in the sec­ond in­ning, when he ranged out to shal­low left field to track down a popup, and a fourth-in­ning dou­ble play by left fielder Johnathan Tril­las,

who caught a fly ball on the run and then caught a baserun­ner at sec­ond base for a dou­ble play to prevent runs.

Ve­lasquez ac­counted for three of Lodi’s six hits, with a dou­ble and a triple, and Diego Pan­toja was 2-for-3.

Lodi will play Han­ford at 6 p.m. to­day at Salas Park. Han­ford took down San Luis Obispo 10-4 on Mon­day. On the other side of the bracket, Kings­burg beat Clo­vis 6-1, and Cary beat Visalia 6-1. Cary and Kings­burg will play at 3:30 p.m.

Visalia and Clo­vis will face off at 10 a.m., and Fowler will face San Luis Obispo at 12:30 p.m., both elim­i­na­tion games.

12s fall in Kings­burg

In the Cen­tral Cal­i­for­nia Cal Rip­ken 12U tour­na­ment in Kings­burg, the Lodi 12U team opened with a 3-1 loss to the host team.

Lodi man­aged two hits in the loss, sin­gles by Tan­ner Grove and Chase Whit­ing. Isaac Her­rera went 3 in­nings on the mound, giv­ing up three runs (one earned) on three hits and four strike­outs, and Lan­don Beasley fin­ished the last three with two hits and no runs.

Lodi will face Tem­ple­ton at 7:30 p.m. to­day in an elim­i­na­tion game.

DAVID WITTE/ NEWS-SEN­TINEL

Lodi's Johnathan Tril­las beats out a throw to Fowler first base­man Euri­ara Mo­rales for an in­field sin­gle dur­ing Mon­day's 1-0 Lodi vic­tory at Salas Park.

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