Thursday, June 5, 2014
DISTRICT 11 TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS - OUTLOOK
As area Little League teams begin to look towards the post season there are a few teams that have clearly separated themselves from the pack.
In the Minor's division standouts are - Bear River Little League's Astros who have a record of 15-1. This team has a few big kids who can hit the ball far as well as a pitcher who throws a lot of nasty curve-balls. This is the team to beat in the area. District 11 TOC bracket. But when a league like BRLL which is less than half the size of Lincoln, Rocklin and Tri-City who are also filled with travel ball players, wins a game or two that is a great accomplishment.
The Major's division has been competitive all season- The BRLL Diamondbacks, the NCLL Angels and the Foresthill teams will make waves in the TOC. The Angels will have the toughest road to the championship as they will have to go through Lincoln and Tri-City's A teams to get there. The Dback may have the easiest route, that is if playing Rocklin's top team can be considered easy. Foresthill will have to play one extra game as do the Angels to make it to the Ship but the only large league power they will have to contend with is Tri-City's B team. Major TOC bracket.
The Junior division has not been that competitive this season as there is one team that has stood out from their very first pitch. The team I'm writing about is the Auburn Orioles (2013 champions) who are 19-2. There two losses came by way of the Penn Valley Sox and the Grass Valley A's. These three teams added high school players once the freshman season ended therefore these teams have a shot at making it to the final game. The Sox do have the easier route but they will have to contend with Rocklin in the Semi-final. The Orioles and the A's match-up in game one as do other local powers Tri-City and Lincoln. Both the Orioles and A's have a great pitcher to go in game one so look for this to be a low scoring contest. Rocklin has the least resistance to win it all. Junior TOC bracket.