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Madera American gets split at state

Courtesy of Pam Grewal
Madera American’s Eric Wilson throws a pitch during the first game of the NorCal State Tournament on Saturday in an 8-3 loss to Tri-City Little League.


The Madera American Little League 12-year-old All-Stars opened the NorCal State Tournament with a tough loss to the Section 4 champions from the Tri-City Little League out of Rocklin.


However, in the loser’s bracket of the double-elimination tournament, Madera, the Section 7 champions, came from behind to defeat Almaden of Section 5 on Sunday.


Madera found itself trailing 4-1 entering the fourth inning. They scored two runs to cut the deficit to one.


Madera battled back wih two more runs in the fifth inning to take a 5-4 lead.


Almaden tried to battle back, but Madera American held on for the win and advance to Monday with a 7:30 p.m. game.


Since Madera went into the loser’s bracket right away, they have a game every day until Friday until they get their second loss.


Madera opened the tournament with an 8-3 loss to Tri-City on Saturday.