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Little League play starts with tough opponents

Another season is in the books, and another crop of outstanding young baseball players have been grouped together for 5 different age groups to compete for the home team in Claremont Little League’s All-Star Tournament.

Claremont’s 8 and 9-year-old All-Stars kicked off the triple-elimination tournament against one of Glendora’s 4 teams on Tuesday evening. Claremont was unable to get much run-support, while Glendora jumped out to a big lead early on and cruised to a 15-6 victory.

This was the Claremont All-Stars first game of the tournament. Glendora, meanwhile, dispatched their city rivals earlier in the week 16-8. Glendora pitcher Aidan Blanco, 3rd baseman J.T. Greep, and speedster Tyler McNamara all showed their skills in a solid performance, and looked to repeat it Tuesday against Claremont.

Each team scored a run in the first inning, and then Claremont’s Aidan Ross pitched a 1-2-3 2nd inning. Two outstanding sliding grabs by Chris Chavez in center field robbed Glendora of base hits.

The wheels came off the wagon in the 3rd and 4th innings for Claremont, however. Glendora put 5 runs on the board in each frame with some exceptional base running and key Claremont fielding errors.

In the bottom of the fourth, Claremont pulled back a couple of runs. Ross led off with a single and shortstop Matty Graves walked. Third baseman Alek Miller loaded the bases when he smacked a base hit up the middle. Jude Rhoa came to the plate and brought home 2 runs with a fielder’s choice ground ball.

Glendora got out of the jam, and tacked on 4 more runs of their own. Claremont answered in the dying frames to make the score line a respectable 15-6, against a red-hot team with excellent pitching.

Results from Claremont’s 8-9s All-Stars will be posted on the League Lineup website with the following address: www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=ca20.

Elsewhere in Claremont All-Star fixtures, the 9 and 10-year-olds will take on San Dimas on Saturday, June 29 at 10 a.m., at Pelota Park in La Verne. The 10-11s will also play San Dimas on Saturday at the same time, but at Goddard Middle School in Glendora. Claremont’s 11-12s play San Dimas on Friday, June 28 at 5 p.m. at Sandburg Middle School in Glendora. Finally, the Claremont Juniors play Glendora National on Friday at 5 p.m. at Glendora South Hills Fields.

—Chris Oakley

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