Giants dominate Triple-A title game |

Giants dominate Triple-A title game

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor
Team members of the Giants celebrate on Saturday following their 15-3 championship win over the Yankees in the South Tahoe National Little League minors title game.

The Giants were the top team during the South Tahoe National Little League Triple-A regular season.

Nothing changed during the one-week postseason baseball tournament.

The Giants were their third consecutive game Saturday, defeating the Yankees 15-3 to earn the overall championship.

“We had great hitters, great pitching, great fielding,” said Giants’ coach Mark Lehmann. “Everybody got better all season long. Super coaches. It was a super season to be a part of.”

By scoring five runs in each of the first three innings, the Giants removed the suspense from Saturday’s championship early.

After Joe Kaufman scored a run for the Yankees in the top of the first inning, Gage Oaken-Medina’s base hit triggered a Giants’ five-run rally in their first at-bat.

That was more than enough support for starting pitcher Gary Dillishaw, who four-hit the Yankees into the fourth inning. Before giving way to reliever Kevin Lehmann, Dillishaw struck out seven hitters, including the side in the second inning.

“He was almost unhittable and strike, strike, strike,” Lehmann said. “We had a nice lead, and we could have pitched anybody.”

Helping the Giants take home the championship trophy at the plate were Alex Kasper, who scored three runs and Nic Buchholz, who doubled and crossed home plate three times. Additional offense came from Lehmann, who scored twice; Janez Demsar, a hit and two runs scored; and Dillishaw, a base hit and run.

The Yankees were led by Scott Mansfield and Noah Moffat, who each stroked a double.

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