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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Litchfield first baseman Andrew Schneider has the relay in time to catch the Tigers' Christian Triplett for a double play after left fielder Cody Klabunde made a running catch at the fence in the third inning and relayed to shortstop Eddie Estrada Thursday at City Field in Delano in the first game of the Section 5AA championship final.

Prep Baseball: Litchfield’s playoff run screeches to halt

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DELANO — Litchfield was in prime position to advance to its first state baseball tournament, but Delano, its Highway 12 neighbor to the east, beat the Dragons twice Thursday on their home field to advance to state for the fifth straight year and ninth time overall.

The Tigers edged Litchfield 4-2 in the first game of the Section 5AA final before outslugging the Dragons 8-6 at a near full house at City Field, which hosted the state amateur baseball tournament last year.

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