Tri-Valley Babe Ruth 13's advance to next round tonight

13-year-old All Stars to face team from Taylorsville, Utah

The Tri-Valley Babe Ruth 13's won their first game in Utah Sunday, advancing to the next round where they'll face a team from Taylorsville, Utah tonight.

The team arrived in Murray, Utah for the Babe Ruth Baseball 13-year-old World Series last week, dominating over McComb, Miss. Sunday 11-1. Tri-Valley put nine runs on the scoreboard in the second inning alone.

The day started off with heavy rain threatening to cancel the series opener, but before game time, the sun made its entrance, according to Coach Ron Dronkers, who is blogging about the team at

With Jake Dronkers on the pitching mound, McComb quickly had a runner on first with a lead-off hit, but Dronkers faked a look to the catcher then threw the ball to first baseman Noah Robbins to pick him off for the first out. A fly ball and a strikeout ended the inning.

Tri-Valley put some runs on the board in the second, as Robbins sparked a sharp grounder to the shortstop, but his dirty ball throw went past first base with Robbins making it safely to second. Sam Nathan popped a short fly ball that bounced, sending Robbins to third and he later scored on a bases-loaded walk. Center fielder Casey Soltis roped a single RBI, followed by second baseman Ryan Anderson's RBI single. Josh Sprugasci then smashed a 2-RBI single up the middle followed by a two-RBI single by Dronkers. Later in the same inning, with runners at first and second, Sam Nathan punched a hard line drive to the gap, scoring Dronkers and Robbins.

After a handful of insurance runs padding the score, the team found themselves at the bottom of the fifth with one more run needed to end the game early, which they succeeded in doing. Ryan Anderson was announced as Player of the Game.

Next up, the team faces Taylorsville at 8 p.m. tonight (7 p.m. California time).

For updates check and Coach Dronkers' blog at Drinkers will also be posting photos.

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