The Westside Cardinals scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning to pull out a 6-5, first-round victory over the High Sierra Giants of Twain Harte, Soulsbyville and Belleview last night in the first round of Little League baseball's District 15 Tournament of Champions, Junior Division (ages 13 and 14), at the Sonora Dome.
Chris Shephard and Garrick Chaffee came up with clutch hits in the winning rally, and Devin Goodman sealed the deal by striking out the side in the bottom of the seventh after High Sierra put runners on second and third with no outs. Goodman, a left-hander, finished with 16 strikeouts.
Ryan Williston, Goodman's batterymate, doubled, singled and walked for Westside.
Korey Larsson pitched 6 1-3 innings and, along with Nate Boyer, had two hits for High Sierra.
Westside comes back tonight at 6 at Sonora High School's Bev Barron Field against the host team, the Woods Creek Diamondbacks, who beat the Linden Athletics 6-3 last night in the second game of a Dome doubleheader.
Woods Creek, representing Sonora and Columbia, trailed 1-0 until Ryles Richards and Spencer Stobaugh hit back-to-back triples in the third. Stobaugh scored the go-ahead run on a double steal.
The two struck again in the fourth, Richards singling and Stobaugh doubling for a 3-1 Diamondbacks lead. Ben Gorgas added some insurance in the fifth, doubling home the fourth and fifth runs and scoring the sixth.
At Eproson Field in Twain Harte, Amador West of Jackson advanced with a forfeit victory over San Andreas-based Calaveras National, which didn't show up. Cal National forfeited Monday in the Minor division.
While Cal National is eliminated, Amador plays Friday at 7 p.m. against Westside.
At Eproson, Calaveras American of Copperopolis and Angels Camp rode the one-hit pitching of Cory Gomes to a 3-0 victory over Amador West of Jackson.
Gomes struck out 14 and walked three, and also scored one of his team's runs by walking, stealing second and third, and coming home on a wild pitch.