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Paradise 13-14 All-Stars Win First District Title Since 2010The Paradise Little League junior all-star softball team didn’t miss in its second chance at Lake Oroville.
Following a 10-run defeat in four innings last Thursday, Paradise bounced back behind ace Mackenzie Anderson’s complete game in the circle and a flurry of offense to beat Lake Oroville, 9-4 and secure its first District 47 championship since 2010 Friday night at Egleson Field.
“Our girls came to play, it was a pitching and hitting battle,” Paradise manager Shawn Anderson said in a telephone interview with The Post Tuesday. “We out-hit them and out-pitched them.”
Up next is the NorCal junior tournament beginning Saturday assuming Paradise doesn’t get dropped from the bracket. Currently it’s a three-team bracket with the District 2, 69 and 48 champions set to due battle this weekend.
However, Anderson said, the bracket will likely be updated again later this week. Follow the Post for the latest details.
If Paradise’s season continues it’ll likely rely heavily on Mackenzie Anderson in the circle. Last week, the right-hander thoroughly subdued the Lake Oroville bats, including in the top of the seventh when the visitors had the bases loaded and its leadoff hitter striding to the plate. At that point, Paradise led 9-4 so a grand slam would have cut it to one with one out.
But Mackenzie got Lake Oroville to fly out, sealing the win and subsequent Gatorade shower for Shawn Anderson.
“It was all for nothing and our girls came to play,” he said.
Offensively, Jenna Griffith, Laney Berkowitz and Bayleigh Wright each delivered big hits with the bat to lead Paradise to its third district victory and first championship in six seasons.
Paradise Majors Batter Way to 2nd Straight TOC Championship
OROVILLE – Back-to-back Tournament of Champions.The Paradise Little League 11-12-year-old Giants collected 19 runs on 16 hits and delivered a pair of over-the-fence home runs to blow out the Chico Eastside Royals, 19-2 in four innings and win their second straight TOC title at the major division Thursday night at Lake Oroville LL.
Paradise, TOC champs last year under then-manager Brad Sobrero who was in attendance Thursday, dominated the bracket this year at the plate, scoring double-digit runs in all four games led by Tuesday’s 21-run outburst against Durham.
“This is the best team I’ve coached,” Paradise manager Craig Wagner said.
The heart of the order did the brunt of the damage against Eastside (3-1), as Tanner Smith, Ashton Wagner and Silas Carter each had three hits and a combined six runs batted in. Carter, the team’s clean-up hitter, had the biggest shot of the night — a three-run blast to left off Eastside reliever Ethan Grassia, pushing the lead to 14-1 with one out in the third.
Two batters later, Hayden Hammett smashed one opposite field that landed in the top part of the trees just outside the 200-foot fence at Lake Oroville for a 15-1 Paradise lead through 2 1/2.
“One through seven can hit it out of the ballpark,” Craig Wagner said. “That’s unusual.”
Paradise (4-0) wasn’t done in the fourth as Smith put the finishing touches on his night with a two-run home run to left, chasing home Jessie Carmack and himself for a 17-2 lead. Eastside would get out of the inning allowing two more runs off hits from Wagner and Carter, to try and extend the game with an eight-run rally in the bottom of the fourth.
The Royals got leadoff hitter Noah Donkley on with a walk, but couldn’t advance him against power righty Ashton Wagner.
Wagner, one of Paradise’s two aces, struck out the side after the Donkley walk, to finish with eight strikeouts and three hits allowed in four innings on the mound.
Grassia was the only Eastside hitter to get two hits off Wagner, going 2 for 2 with a home run in the third.
It was Paradise’s night for the second straight year in a TOC final, and as coach Wagner said, the Ridge has a chance to three-peat in 2016.
“On this team two of (our) ace pitchers are coming back,” he said. “We got a good chance of doing it again next year.”
Eastside’s Ben Carrier was named the Respect the Game winner for Chico, while Dylan Peppas earned the honor for Paradise.
News about the Tournament of Champions (T.O.C.) in the Paradise Post 6/2012…
PARADISE — Giants v. Dodgers invariably leads to compelling and sometimes wild games, and this one was no exception — albeit in the Little League ranks — as the Paradise Giants and Chico Eastside Dodgers combined for 23 runs and seven innings Monday. >> Click Here for the rest of the story!
News about the merger in the Paradise Post 12/22/11…
Paradise North Little League shortstop Jarret Boone, seen here tagging out Alex Van Quick of Palermo in a District 47 all-star game last year, will be a member of the newly formed Paradise Little League comprised of Paradise North and South players this year. (Trevor Warner/The Post)
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