TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Cardinals made it lucky number seven in a row when they beat the Cubs 9-2 in the Truckee Little League minor division championship game Friday the 13th.
However, it was more than luck when the Cardinals won the title at Regional Park Small Field.
The Cardinals used five hits from their first five batters of the game to jump out to an early 3-0 lead, a lead that grew over the next five innings and one the Cardinals never relinquished.
The visiting Cardinals’ starting pitcher, Tavin Hamilton, allowed the Cubs’ first batter of the game to score and then shut it down from there.
He threw four strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings pitched. He also snagged a line drive off the bat of Mateo Morales and doubled off the runner at second base for the defensive highlight of the game in the second inning.
Cardinals’ pitcher Damon Parisi took over for Hamilton in the third, and faced his first Cubs’ batter with bases loaded and only one out. Parisi pitched out of the jam by striking out the next two batters.
Parisi allowed the first Cubs batter in the fourth inning to score the Cubs second and final run. He then struck out a total of nine batters in 3 1/3 innings pitched.
The Cubs’ second run of the game was too late, as the Cardinals preceded that run with four of their own in the fourth to give them a 7-2 lead. The Cardinals also added two runs in the fifth inning.
Parisi and Hamilton were among the Cardinals’ offensive leaders. Parisi went three for three from the plate and scored in the first inning and was one of four scorers in the third.
Hamilton went two for two and scored a total of three runs. Hamilton reached base in the Cardinals’ two-run fifth inning by being struck by a pitch.
Parisi and Hamilton got offensive help from Dillon Kane and Colton Conklin. Kane went two for two from the plate with a double in the first inning. Conklin matched Parisi’s batting performance of three for three, but he topped Parisi with a double in the third inning and two RBIs in the fifth.
Conklin’s RBIs came when he belted a hard grounder past the Cubs’ second baseman with bases loaded and two outs.
Team leaders for the Cubs included Tyler Lamperti. He was the Cubs’ most effective pitcher and struck out six, including five batters in a row that spanned the third and fourth innings.
Five Cubs’ batters reached safely by batted balls, including Micah Ivens, Jackson Kahl, Bennett Swigard and Jordyn Jensen.
The efforts of all the players on both teams were the final ones the 2014 Truckee Little League minor division season, with a few being selected to postseason teams that will represent Truckee in tournaments that started Wednesday in Reno.
Another will start Wednesday, June 25 in Carson City.