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Chino Valley baseball team wins Valley tournament

Championship rings were awarded to the Chino Valley Mudcats after they won the USSSA Baseball State Championship. (Courtesy photo)

Championship rings were awarded to the Chino Valley Mudcats after they won the USSSA Baseball State Championship. (Courtesy photo)

The Chino Valley Mudcats AA, a 13-and-under baseball team, won the USSSA Bring the Heat Classic baseball tournament on June 4 and 5 in Chandler.

Chino Valley defeated the second-ranked team in Phoenix, the Snipers White team, 12-2 in its opener. Shortstop Seth Jelovic was 4 for 4 with three runs scores, 2 RBI and two stolen bases. Pitchers Kaleb Burns and Trever Stazenski limited the Snipers to four hits, and yielding only one walk.

In the second game Chino Valley defeated the Force, 13-1. Right fielder Jacob Hogan both had two RBI in a balanced hitting attack. Pitchers Joey Sanchez and Kamren Loftin gave up two hits and two walks.

In the Sunday morning game the Mudcats defeated Gilbert’s AZ Grays 11-1. Third baseman Thomas Bartels had two triples and knocked in four runs, scoring twice himself. First baseman Riley Roskopf was 2 for 3 with two runs scored. Pitcher Joey Sanchez earned the victory.

In the title game, Chino Valley faced Glendale’s AAA Lightning team in 113-degree heat. That team had won its three games in the tournament by a combined 29-0 score. Against the Mudcats, however, they lost 7-1. Pitcher Thomas Bartels allowed four hits, striking out two. Catcher J.R. Willingham was stellar behind the plate all four games, but suffered a torn ligament in his left thumb in the title game.

“The kids put together a solid, complete tournament, fighting severe heat conditions,” coach Donny Roskopf said. “All of the kids play their positions well, especially Kaleb Burns that filled in on six different positions over the last couple of tournaments due to pitching rotations and injuries.”

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