Giants, Yankees move within one win of Little League finals
EDITOR’S NOTE: Spellings of players’ named provided by South Tahoe Little League.
Postseason baseball has brought out the competitive fire in the six South Tahoe National Little League teams.
Three of the four playoff games completed thus far have been decided by three runs or less.
The top-seeded Giants received a scare from the fourth-seeded Dodgers on Sunday.
Justin Ruger of the Dodgers slugged a two-run double in the sixth inning to force extra innings. In the top of the ninth, Sergio Burgueno smacked a three-run homer – his second roundtripper of the day – as the Giants escaped with a 13-10 victory.
Burgueno finished with five hits, six RBI and four runs scored. Teammate Kolby Eymann went 4 for 5 with three runs scored and two RBI.
Monday’s elimination game between the Red Sox and Angels was halted by rain in the second inning with the Red Sox leading 2-1.
The second-seeded Angels were dropped into the losers’ bracket on Sunday as the Yankees won for the second straight day, 10-9. Randy Stockton went 3 for 4 with three runs scored, including the decisive score in the Yankees’ three-run fifth inning.
A day earlier, the Yankees outlasted the fifth-seeded A’s 9-7. Stockton was a tough out as he collected three hits, including a double, and scored three times. Teammate Bryan Peuse came of the bench to contribute two hits and two RBI.
For the A’s, R.J. Rivera rapped three hits and scored two runs, and Stone Merkely pinged out three hits. One of Duncan Mackay’s two hits went for two bases.
The Dodgers opened tournament play with a 15-9 triumph over the Red Sox. Carson Alexander crossed home plate four times and Ruger scored three runs for the victorious Dodgers. Tommy Cefalu and Colin Buchholz led the Red Sox with two hits apiece, and Cefalu touched home plate twice.
The double-elimination tournament continues through Sunday. The finals are set for noon at Fred Rightmier Field.
Yankees 4, Giants 0
Andrew Aquino, Dylan Gardner and Randy Stockton combined to shut out the Giants on three hits on June 1. Aquino fanned 10 batters before leaving two pitches into the final inning.
Stockton and Ty Hutton got the Yankees’ wheels rolling with two hits apiece, and Matt Newberger tripled and scored.
Angels 5, Yankees 2
Kirby David and Mason Cain checked the Yankees on six hits.
Cale Quistgard jolted the offense by slugging a triple and two singles. Paul Hoefer added two base hits and two runs.
Dakota Lynch, who fired a complete game for the Yankees, doubled, as did teammates Brad Peden and Andrew Aquino.
Red Sox 10, A’s 4
Colin Buchholz reached base in all four plate appearances and scored three runs as the Red Sox won for the second time.
The Red Sox had many contributors as Tommy Cefalu, Aaron Johnson, Logan Evans, Chris Olsen and Tyler Hogbin each smacked two hits.
Ryan Brown supplied the A’s with two hits.
Giants 14, Dodgers 4
Sergio Burgueno clubbed a pair of home runs and collected eight RBI as the Giants won big.
Mike Richey also slugged a home run for the Giants, and Kolby Eymann delivered three hits and scored three runs.
Grant Humason came through with three hits for the Dodgers.
Giants 12, Angels 11
Tyler Dill of the Angels bashed a pair of home runs, as did Sergio Burgueno of the Giants. But this tight contest was decided on Burgueno’s two-run double in the fifth inning.
Burgueno finished with three hits, three runs and seven RBI. Kolby Eymann had a double and scored three runs. R.J. Aqui also homered for the Angels, and Mason Cain, Paul Hoefer and Michael Crandall hit two-baggers.
Dodgers 17, A’s 10
Grant Humason slammed two home runs, and the Dodgers rolled behind a pair of six-run uprisings.
The Dodgers were led by Humanson’s and Carson Alexander’s four hits, and the three-hit performance by Logan Brewer.
Stone Merkely homered and doubled for the A’s, while Ryan Brown collected three hits and Jessie Crouch, R.J. Rivera and Josh Acosta knocked two hits.
Yankees 8, Angels 6
The Yankees made the most of the top three hitters in their lineup. Ty Hutton, Noah Jackson and Bryan Peuse combined for six hits and six runs.
For the Angels, Jarret Young went 4 for 4 with two runs scored and two RBI.
Angels 9, A’s 5
Tyler Dill belted a two-run homer as the Angels scored four times in the sixth inning to break a 5-5 tie.
Michael Crandall went 3 for 4 and Paul Hoefer slugged a triple for the winners. A.J. Rivera led the A’s with three hits.
Red Sox 15, Dodgers 4
Colin Buchholz and Logan Evans combined for seven hits and eight RBI as the Red Sox won their first game of the season.
Logan Brewer and Carson Alexander reached Red Sox pitching for two hits apiece.
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