The Bear River Royals used timely hitting, great defense and the golden arm of Connor Tidd to defeat the Tri-City Yankees by a score of 6-2 of Thursday evening in Newcastle. The win moves the Royals, who are managed by Brad Dalbon into the District 11 finals on Friday night.
Tidd came out of the gate strong giving up one hit with no runs in the first. The Royals started the bottom half of the inning with single, single, and Mathew Dalbon moved the runners over to second and third when Tyler Knox singled driving home the first Bear River run, but the umpire said the runner left early calling back the go ahead run in the bottom of the first. The Royals failed to score.
Tidd and the Royals held the Yankees to no runs in three up three down fashion in the top of two. Bear River led off the bottom half with a strikeout and two consecutive singles but stranded the base runners and failed to score in the bottom half of the second inning.
Tidd again had command of his pitches, throwing only five and getting another three up three down inning.
The Royals lead off batter made it aboard on an error and scored on a single by catcher Brandon Sorenson to take the 1-0 lead. The Yankees changed pitchers who struck the next two batters out.
Tidd again went three up three down with only 38 pitches in the first four innings.
In the top of five Tri-Cities answered with single, single, single and a score for a 1-1 tie. Tidd walked a batter to load the bases with one out when the Yankee hitter delivered a single moving the score to 2~1 for the Tri-City lead.
In the bottom half of the fifth the Royals bats came alive. Caden Dooley's double knotted the score at 2~2. Sorenson delivered a double with one out which scored two to take a 4-2 lead. Mathew Dalbon doubled scoring Sorenson and Ian Hayes singled home Dalbon for a 6-2 lead. The inning was called as the Royals scored five runs in the inning.
Tidd was called back to the mound to close out the game with the score 6-2. He struck out the first batter, he got the next batter to pop out, he hit the next batter in the head, gave up a single and got the final batter to hit the ball back to him and he threw the ball to Knox for the final out of the contest.
While Tidd threw a gem, it was the team's defense that won the contest for Bear River.
On Friday the Royal's will play Rocklin for the the right to be called the 2012 District 11 minor Tournament of Champion's Champion.