Mike Thomas went 3-for-5 with five RBIs to lead Lodis 15-and-under Babe Ruth baseball team to a 12-1 win over OKeefe in the District 7 Tournament title game Sunday at Kofu Park.
Thomas, who was 7-for-12 with nine RBIs in Lodis three wins, was named the tournaments most valuable player.
With the victory, Lodi advanced to the state tournament which begins next weekend in Clovis. Lodis first game is at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Its the third straight year Lodi has advanced to the state tournament.
Lodi starting pitcher Derrick Cotten had a solid outing Sunday, allowing only one unearned run on one hit and striking out three in five innings of work.
Holding a 2-0 lead entering the bottom of the fourth, Lodi erupted for five runs to put the game out of reach.
Blair Hinojosa got the rally started with a one-out double and scored on a double by Nate Hall. Andrew Schultz, who had two hits in the game, then singled and stole second to put runners at second and third for Brad Marweg (3-for-4 with a double), who reached on an error that plated Hall.
Thomas followed with a two-run single and later scored on a double by Albert Monte to give Lodi a 7-0 lead.
Matt Recker added a double and Alex Forster singled for Lodi.
Other members of the Lodi team include players Joshua Borges, Brandon Connors, Tim Ergonis and Joey Lucchesi, head coach Hobie Schultz, and coaches Clay Hall and Carl Cotten.
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