After picking up a win in a nine inning game last Thursday, the Tri-County Cats fell victim to some tough competition at the Father’s Day Summer Slam in Chico which began on Sunday and runs through Wednesday.

Things began on a positive note for the Cats on June 13 as they notched a walk off 5-4 win over the visiting Chico Suns Grey 17U team by capitalizing on four walks in the final frame.

Justin Lee finished 1-for-4 with an RBI while a trio of Cats including Drew Bradbury, Emanuel Frias and Ethan Lay pitched a combined seven innings yielding just three hits while striking out six.

Yet the Suns turned the tables in the first game at the Summer Slam on June 15, handing the Cats a 5-3 defeat.

Frias and Nick Price accounted for two of the Cats runs after both reached base via free passes.

Still, sloppy play in the field did in the Cats who actually out hit the Suns 7-4.

As one of the youngest teams in the tournament, the Cats struggled in games on June 16 and 17 falling to Nevada Union 10-1 and to Napa 9-1.

Lee drove in the Cats’ lone run against Nevada Union while Frias did the same against Napa.

Additionally, Bradbury and Lay each collected a hit in the game with Napa.

Now (6-6), the Cats continued play in Chico on Tuesday and conclude today although information was not available by the Sun-Herald print deadline.

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