Babe Ruth All Stars go 3-0, automatically advancing to semifinals Friday

Next game is 11:30 a.m. today against Leominster, Mass.

The Tri-Valley Babe Ruth 13-year-old All Stars bested Harris Township of Indiana Tuesday, bringing their record in pool play to 3-0.

Despite a complete game outing for Harris Township's pitcher, who held TVBR to its smallest run tally so far, TVBR bested their opponent winning 5-3 during the Babe Ruth World Series.

"The win provided us with a No. 1 seeding for the single elimination portion of the (Babe Ruth World) Series and earned us a direct pass to the semifinals on Friday and a much needed day-off Thursday," Coach Ron Dronkers posted on his blog at

In Murray, Utah for the championship series, TVBR's started a hitting frenzy early on, scoring four runs in the top of the first inning. In the bottom of the second inning, Tri-Valley got into trouble with bases loaded and one out but successfully kept Harris Township from scoring, getting an out at home plate and later, a double play to end the inning.

In the top of the fourth, with runners at first and third, David Gomez pinch-hit for Tri-Valley shortstop Brad Pluschkell and sliced an RBI-single for his first hit of the World Series to give the team a total of five runs. Harris came back with one run in the bottom of the inning, later adding another in the sixth and the third in the seventh. Pitcher Jake Dronkers earned the save. Austin Piscotty who started his first game of the World Series, was named Player of the Game.

Tuesday's win against Harris Township was the closest game TVBR has played so far. In the first game, the team dominated Mississippi's McComb team 11-1 and in the second game, overran Utah's Taylorsville team 13-4.

Tri-Valley's next game will be its last in pool play--against Leominster, Mass. at 11:30 this morning. No matter the outcome, the team will play in the semifinals Friday.

For more on the game recaps and photos, visit Coach Dronkers' blog at

For a previous story about the team, click here


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Posted by Rick
a resident of Parkside
on Aug 26, 2009 at 3:11 pm

Yahoo.....looks like Tri Valley did it again today - 10-0 :

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Now, a day off before Friday's big game.

Good Luck everyone!

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Posted by Anne Anderson
a resident of Castlewood
on Aug 26, 2009 at 4:13 pm

Great job guys! We are so proud of you Austin....

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Posted by Foothill
a resident of Castlewood
on Aug 28, 2009 at 11:00 am

Good job!!! Lets to Tri Valley!!!

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Posted by A Baseball Fan
a resident of Val Vista
on Aug 28, 2009 at 3:07 pm

Congrats to the 13-year old Babe Ruth team. There is quite a bit of talent on that team...should be some good baseball when they hit the high schools!

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 30, 2009 at 6:30 pm


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