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LARKSPUR – In its first state finals appearance in history, the Lemoore 10-year-old All-Stars went down swinging at the Little League Northern California state championships in Larkspur.

Lemoore went 1-2 to finish in fifth place at the tournament to put a cap on its longest postseason run ever.

“The teams were really good,” said Lemoore manager Lenny Bray. “But we fought hard and played well.”

Coming off the first Section 7 championship in the 10-year-old division in Lemoore Little League history, Lemoore defeated Susanville 17-5 Saturday to open the double elimination tournament.

Sunday, Lemoore found itself in a pitchers’ duel with Petaluma, falling 3-1.

Going into the state tournament, Lemoore had recorded just 21 strikeouts in its previous six games. Petaluma had nine strikeouts against Lemoore, limiting the team to two hits.

“That’s the best pitcher we’ve gone up against,” Bray said.

The loss knocked Lemoore to the elimination bracket with the team losing to Cambrian Park 11-6 on Monday to end its tournament run.

Lemoore had a chance late, getting the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth inning, but hit into the game-ending out.

Bray was happy with how the team played and recorded that first Section title. The team's run also included winning the District 34 championship.

“It’s a huge accomplishment for the town of Lemoore,” he said of making the state finals.

CAL RIPKEN

Hanford 8s fall in regional semifinal

PANGUITCH, Utah – The Hanford 8-year-old All-Stars defeated Scottsdale (Arizona) 12-2 late Thursday at the Cal Ripken Pacific Southwest Regionals before falling later in the day to Rohnert Park (Northern California) 9-4 in the semifinals.

The championship game featured two teams that beat Hanford in Long Beach (Southern California) and Rohnert Park with Long Beach winning 13-3. Hanford lost to Long Beach during pool play 6-4.

Hanford 11/60s eliminated from regional

HANFORD – After finishing 1-2 in pool play, the Hanford 11/60 All-Stars lost to Northwest Bakersfield 5-3 in the single elimination portion of the Cal Ripken Pacific Southwest Regionals Thursday at Bob Hill Youth Athletic Complex.

Hanford went into the single elimination portion of the tournament as the No. 6 seed out of six teams. Northwest Bakersfield was the No. 3 seed.

Northwest Bakersfield went on to beat Laguna, which had a bye, 7-1 in the semifinals later in the day then lost to Galt 13-2 in Friday’s championship game.

Hanford 11/70s ousted from regional

HANFORD – The Hanford 11/70 All-Stars fell to Bullard 8-1 in single elimination round of the Cal Ripken Pacific Southwest Regionals Thursday.

Bullard went on to beat Visalia 7-4 in the semifinals before losing to Rohnert Park 12-2 in the championship game.

The reporter can be reached at 583-2431 or jbutters@HanfordSentinel.com. Follow him on twitter @jsbutters.

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