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Rangers claim Little League minor championship

Rafael Aguirre collected two of his three RBIs with a two-run double during a game-clinching seven-run fourth inning to lead the Sierra-at-Tahoe Rangers to a 15-10 South Tahoe Little League minor division championship win over the Paradise Time Share Royals on Friday.

The Rangers carried an 8-7 lead into the deciding inning and didn’t need to bat in the bottom half of the fifth inning because the time limit kicked in.

Like Aguirre, Michael Olivo of the Rangers had two hits and three RBIs.

Of the 13 walks the Rangers received, 11 of them circled the bases to score.

Daniel Jones belted a solo homer for the Royals in the second inning, and Kirk Baines led all hitters with three singles and two runs scored.

The Royals’ Kevin Lucero and Chris Diana cracked a triple and double, respectively, and Nathan Garfalos smacked a double and accounted for two RBIs.

Trailing 6-2, Lucero and Diana hit a triple and double back to back to highlight a three-run third inning rally that trimmed the Rangers’ lead to 6-5. However, the Rangers struck for seven runs in the fourth inning to seal the win. Five walks and Nick Spano’s single ignited a four-run Royals fifth inning that accounted for the game’s final runs.

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