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Baseball Players Get Good Start In Tournament
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Riverbank ballplayers in the major division All Stars tied their first game, 1-1, against Bel Passi on June 20, but lost the other three games in the Empire Tournament.

The 10-12 year-olds of the Riverbank Youth Baseball & Softball Association lost by 7-4 to Hughson at Castleberg Park on Wednesday. They also lost, 9-4, to Empire on Saturday and by 18-4 to the Modesto Crusaders on Sunday, during games played in Empire.

"A couple of guys got some hits and steals,' said Riverbank coach Terry Codde of Sunday's game. "One of our guys hit a homer and got so excited he ran past the player ahead of him and was called out."

Looking at the tournament as a whole, Codde commended Steve Valadez in the shortstop position for a couple of good stops, Shane Gaynor for steady performance as a catcher, and Gabe Flores for great pitching in most of the games and a good showing at his other position of centerfield.

Oakdale, Empire, Ceres, Modesto and Bel Passi were among the other teams in the major division tournament, said RYBSA President Steve Arnold.

All-Star teams are composed of the top players selected from each team at the conclusion of their regular season. They represent their city against All Stars from other communities.

Riverbank also has 10 and under boys known as the minors and eight and under or rookie All Star teams competing in tournaments.

"Their coach, Mike Roge,rs is planning to take the minor division boys to the World Series Tournament in Arizona,' said Arnold. "We continue as far as we can get. It's up to the coaches and the kids. But the tournament games get cut throat."