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Lompoc Valley teams come up short

Lompoc Valley teams come up short

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The Lompoc Valley Little League teams came up short at the District 65 11-and-12 Tournament Saturday.

Santa Maria Southside defeated Village Hills 10-0 in a winner's bracket game at Ray Anderson Field, the east field at Johns-Manville Park in Lompoc. Santa Maria Northside downed host Lompoc 9-6 in an elimination game at the Johns-Manville west field.

Lompoc spotted Northside five first-inning runs. The designated visitors went ahead 6-5 with a six-run second.

Steven Espinoza drove in two second-inning runs and Sam Moua doubled home two more as the host squad took charge with six runs.

Northside went back ahead with three runs in the bottom of the second and stayed ahead.

Moua had two Lompoc hits.

Santa Maria Southside 10, Village Hills 0

Cody Czaika held Southside scoreless in the first inning, but the designated visitors scored three runs in the top of the second and stayed ahead.

Village Hills had just two hits against Southside right-hander Nate Salinas. Luke Kovach got an infield single with a well-placed bunt in the  first inning. Glenn Willingham singled to right field in the third. 

Village Hills will play Northside at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the east field in an elimination game.

Solomon moves through

EUGENE, Ore. — Duane Solomon Jr. advanced to the men's 800 final at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships Friday night at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field.

Solomon finished fourth in 1 minute 45.56 seconds in heat one of the semifinals. He claimed the last qualifying spot in his heat, beating fifth-place Jese Jorgenson by .20.

The Cabrillo High School graduate is the defending men's 800 champ. He is representing Saucony. The final is today.

Casimir Loxom of Brooks won heat one with the fastest overall qualifying time for the final, 1:44.92. The men's 800 final will take place at 12:57 p.m. Sunday.

Righetti High School and Hancock College graduate Kenna Wolter fouled out in the women's triple jump Friday night. Christina Epps of the adidas Garden State Track Club won with a jump of 14.09 meters (46 feet, 2 1/4 inches).

Wolter was a conference champion in the triple jump when she competed for the University of South Dakota.  She was the runner-up at the 2015 USATF Indoor Nationals.

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