Dodgers off to hot start in Little League playoffs
Little League postseasons can often contradict what occurred in the regular season.
The Dodgers are making the most of their second season, pounding out a 23-9 win against the Giants on Saturday, then upsetting the second-seeded Red Sox 9-4 on Sunday.
The pair of wins puts the South Tahoe National Little League third seed one victory away from earning a spot in Saturday’s majors championship at Fred Rightmier Field.
Earning the other berth in the Wednesday’s winners’ bracket game is the Angels, the regular-season winner. The Angels overcame a four-run deficit to beat the Yankees 11-7 on Sunday.
Highlights from this weekend’s games include:
Yankees 19, A’s 9
Andru Aquino clubbed four hits, scored four runs and stole two bases to lead a multifaceted Yankees’ attack on Saturday.
Noah Jackson contributed three hits and three runs for the Yankees, while Matt Newberger delivered three hits, scored three times and swiped five bases. In addition, Austin Allen rapped two hits and scored three runs and Dylan Gooding swatted two hits.
For the A’s, Ryan Brown belted a triple and two singles; Darien Ford supplied two hits and two runs; and Stone Merkley, Ridge Merkley and Blair Binns doubled.
Dodgers 23, Giants 9
A 13-run second inning on eight hits put the Dodgers into the winner’s circle in this one.
Logan Brewer hit a grand slam and RBI double in the big inning and finished with seven RBI. Grant Humason smacked a three-run homer in the same inning and wound up going 4 for 4 with four runs scored.
Humason was overpowering during his brief stint on the mound, striking out the first seven batters he faced while working into the third inning.
Other offensive spark plugs for the Dodgers were Carson Alexander, four runs; Logan Brewer, three hits, three runs and five RBI; Brady McIntyre, two hits and a run; and Justin Ruger, 2 for 2, three runs scored.
For the Giants, Keelin McBride had a homer among his two hits, both of which came in a six-run fourth inning. Connor Molesworth had a double and two runs and Jacob Stowell contributed two hits and two runs for the Giants.
Angels 11, Yankees 7
The Yankees scored all of their runs in the second inning, but it wasn’t enough to upset the top-seeded Angels.
Trailing 7-3, the Angels scored four runs in the third, three in the fourth and one in the fifth to pull out the victory.
Mason Cain and Jaret Young doubled during the third-inning uprising, and the Angels used two more extra-base hits to highlight their fourth-inning rally. Cain’s second double and Kirby David’s triple led to the three runs scoring.
Jaret Young led the Angels by going 3 for 3 with four RBI and two runs scored, Cain was 3 for 3 with three runs and two RBI and Paul Hoefer was 2 for 3 with three runs and two stolen bases.
Young worked two-plus innings in relief to earn the win. He allowed three hits and fanned four.
For the Yankees, Matt Newberger was 3 for 3 with a run scored and Noah Jackson was 2 for 4 and touched home plate.
Dodgers 9, Red Sox 4
The Brewers – Garrett, Logan and Evan – combined to hold the Red Sox to six hits.
They were also busy on offense as Logan went 2 for 4 with three runs scored and Evan was 2 for 3 with a run. Otis Alexis added two hits and two RBI for the Dodgers.
The Red Sox’s Aaron Pfister homered in the fifth and wound up 2 for 3 with two runs scored.
The brackets held true to form as the Giants and A’s advanced to Wednesday’s winners’ bracket game. The top-seeded Giants defeated the Red Sox 4-1 and the second-seeded A’s outlasted the Yankees 16-14 on Sunday.
In Saturday’s games, the Yankees outscored the Angels 13-11 and the Red Sox beat the Dodgers 15-9.
For more details from these games, read the midweek edition of the Tribune.
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