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RAPID CITY, S.D. -- The Merced Volunteers never cooled off.

The Vols extended their winning streak to seven straight games with a 3-1 win over Fort Collins, Colo. in the championship game of the Black Hills Community Bank Firecracker Tournament on Sunday.

The win avenged Merced's only loss in the tournament in the opening game.

Connor Oldcorn pitched six innings and gave up just one unearned run to pick up the win.

The former Buhach Colony right-hander struck out eight batters and gave up just two hits.

Oldcorn was the star of the tournament for Merced (18-14).

He went 12 for 25 with the bat and 2-0 on the mound.

"I felt he grew up as a player," Vols coach Rollo Adams said. "He was the player who got the timely hits throughout the tournament for us.

"He also threw on only three days rest in the championship game.

"I expect big things the rest of the summer with him and Dylan (Floro) on the mound."

Merced took the lead against Fort Collins with two runs in the fifth inning.

The Volunteers took advantage of three errors during the rally.

J.C. Barcello scored on an infield single by Oldcorn. Marco Ledesma also scored on the play after an overthrow at first base.

Oldcorn and Daniel Benson both had two hits. Tynan Pedretti pitched the seventh inning to pick up the save.

The Volunteers clinched a berth in the championship game with 10-2 win over Missoula, Mo. on Saturday.

The Volunteers banged out 18 hits in support of Barcelo, who pitched a complete game to get the win.

Ledesma and Oldcorn each had three hits. Benson, Pedretti, Matt Voris, Garrett Boothe and Peter Sandino all had two hits.

Merced also picked up a 12-8 win over Coon Rapid, Minn. earlier Saturday and a 7-6 win over Cheyenne, Wyo. on Friday.

Benson and Boothe both knocked in a pair of runs against Cheyenne.

The Vols will be playing in a tournament in Las Vegas this weekend.

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