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Riverbank Opens All-Star Action In Turlock
The Riverbank All-Stars got their all-star tournament summer season under way with a couple heartbreaking losses to close the Pedretti Fields Tournament in Turlock with a fourth place finish.

Riverbank ended tournament action with a 19-16 loss to the Ceres Blue team in the consolation game final. Riverbank seemingly found its Achilles heel, jumping out on teams to open contests, yet not being able to keep their leads.

"It was tough failing to keep our leads in this tournament," Riverbank head coach Carlos Gonzales said. "We lost the lead in three of our four games, but offensively I was really proud of what we were able to do."

Riverbank looked great in the batters box, pounding out double-digit runs in three of their four games. Riverbank, even with four defeats, finished the Pedretti Tournament with the second most runs scored in tournament action, scoring 19 runs in one contest and finishing action with a 16-run outburst.

"I really couldn't ask any more of my kids," Gonzales said. "They played their hearts out and built themselves an offensive reputation that will carry into next weekend's tournament (Ceres)."

The all-star team had several standouts throughout tournament action with Marcus Juarez (2-for-2), Jacob Solario (2-for-3) and Nicholas Allen (2-for-3) pacing the way in the squad's tournament opening 14-11 loss to Ceres.

Jarred Barron made solid contributions in game two, going 2-for-2 to lead Riverbank, while teammate Joey Villanueva went 2-for-2 with a double. The squad banged out 10 hits in the contest, putting the ball in play over 20 times.

Riverbank saw themselves in a pivotal match up with a talented Atwater team day two of tournament action and looked to have established control of the game until a questionable call ripped the momentum right from underneath Riverbank cleats.

Riverbank held a four run lead and were on their way back to the dugout after making the third out of the inning, when a protest by the Atwater coaching staff forced the umpire into a game-altering decision that Riverbank never rebounded from.

The Atwater runner on his way to second base was tagged out, but dirt left second base partially covered, allowing the umpire to grant the player second base instead of ending the inning. Atwater followed the call up with three consecutive hits, capturing the lead - for good.

Riverbank put together a solid performance in the consolation final led by Carlos Gonzales, Jr. who went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles and five RBI. Solario, Barron and Joey Villanueva combined for eight hits and eight RBI.

Riverbank will be back in action for the Ceres Tournament tipping off July 3 in Ceres.