Needles RiverCats

The Needles RiverCats finished as runners-up in the Empire Sporting Event league tournament in the 12-and-under age bracket. Pictured (left to right, front to back) are Lucas Thornhill, Seth Lillard, Cayden Curcio, Logan Goulet, Reddick Rubalcaba, Conner Goulet, Gavyn Hazlewood, Dylan Castillo, Levi Mendez, Gabe Rodriguez and Hudson Smith.

NEEDLES — The Needles River- Cats came in second place in the 12-and-under league in the baseball tournament held by Empire Sporting Event on Aug. 7-9.

Coach Tony Rubalcaba said that the team usually plays in the 10-and-under league but since they didn’t have enough players, they moved up and picked up a couple of 12-year-old players to help with pitching.

“We lost to Anthem Blue from Phoenix in the championship game but we beat a team from Las Vegas called the SilverBacks in the semifinals,” said Rubalcaba. “Overall, it was a great weekend of baseball for us, the younger players gained a lot of confidence knowing that they can play with the 12-year-old players.”

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