Cubs, White Sox advance in TOC

By: Staff Report
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The Folsom National Little League Major Cubs claimed the league title on Friday night with a 10-5 win over the Giants. The Cubs added to their accomplishments by winning their first two TOCK games on Saturday and Sunday, advancing to Monday?s game against Woodmere. (results available at In the win over the Giants, the Cubs received good pitching from Mark Powers, Zach Brannon, Blake Christiersen and Jason Wiese. Cade Posner and Mark Powers each had multiple hits to lead the team offensively. In the 10-9 win over Maidu on Saturday, Christiersen pitched five innings and Wiese pitched the final inning against a good-hitting Red Sox team. Christiersen, Powers, Posner and Daniel Stoesser all had hits. In the 5-4 win over the Maidu Yankees on Sunday, Wiese pitched a strong five innings and the defense played well behind him. Powers pitched the last inning to close it out. Christiersen?s grand slam in the sixth inning allowed the Cubs to take the lead and earn the win. Posner and Brannan also had hits. ?These kids are amazing as although they are not the biggest and strongest or even the most individually talented, they have a lot of heart and determination and everyone on the team contributes something,? said coach Mike Wiese. Members of the team include Gabe Boyer, Zach Brannon, Blake Christiersen, Riley Hammond, Thomas Kleinart, Connor O?Brien, Cade Posner, Mark Powers, Kyle Rueter, Daniel Stoesser, Frankie Turnbull and Jason Wiese. Brent Christiersen manages the team and Mike Wiese and Steve O?Brien are coaches. The Folsom American White Sox also won their first two TOC games at the junior level. The White Sox defeated the Divide A?s on Saturday, 14-8. Starting pitcher Tyler Hutchings had a stellar outing with relief help from Michael Dermenjian. Hutchings and Brendan Murphy hit doubles in the win and Jarron Wade went 3-for-4. Third baseman Trevor Altman and center fielder Trent Jas made key defensive plays. On Sunday the White Sox blanked the El Dorado Hills Yankees, 23-0, in five innings. Murphy pitched the first two innings and Nicholas Maggiano finished the game on the mound. Hutchings had two doubles and two RBIs, while Garrett Donnelly had two doubles and four RBIs. Severin Anderson also had a two-run single. The White Sox advance to Thursday?s game at 5 p.m. at Rasmussen Field in Cameron Park.