Little League finalists determined in majors, minors
The South Tahoe National Little League championship games are set.
Andru Aquino pitched and hit the Yankees into the major division finals Sunday, tossing a four-hitter over five innings and drilling a pair of doubles in a 13-1 rout of the Angels at Fred Rightmier Field.
As a result, the Yankees will get another shot at the Giants in the finals at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Giants defeated the Yankees 9-1 on Saturday, meaning the Yankees will need to win twice in a row to take the title.
In the AAA minors, the Giants emerged from the losers’ bracket, qualifying for the championship with a 17-4 trouncing of the Red Sox on Sunday. It was the Giants’ third straight victory. Like the major division, the Giants will meet the Yankees on Wednesday.
In the Yankees’ lopsided win over the Angels, Randy Stockton retired the final four hitters after relieving Aquino. Stockton took Angels’ pitches to the outfield, slamming a double and single while compiling three RBI. His two-run double in the third inning made the score 9-1.
Also for the Yankees, Noah Jackson scored three runs and singled twice; Dakota Lynch launched three singles, scored two runs and knocked in two; and Dylan Gardner supplied an RBI double.
The Yankees broke it open by scoring five times in the second inning. RBI singles by Stockton, Lynch and Miguel Valdivia and a run-scoring double by Gardner triggered the big uprising.
Three of the Angels’ four hits went for two bases. Jaret Young hit two doubles and Kirby David aso slugged a two-bagger.
Minor AAA recaps
Yankees 17, Red Sox 16
With a championship berth on the line, both teams battled until the final inning.
The Yankees fought back for the victory by scoring three times in the last of the sixth inning. Lex Merrifield, Peyton Garrett and Kenny Clark crossed home plate for the Yankees in the final inning.
The Red Sox broke a 14-14 tie in the top of the sixth as Dylan Gooding and Brenden Bogue scored runs.
Both teams had their share of hitting stars. For the Yankees, Merrifield enjoyed a 3-for-3 performance with four runs scored; Garrett stroked two hits and scored three runs; Clark had three hits and three runs; and Blair Binns contributed two hits and two runs.
Gooding was a Yankee pitching wrecker, going 4 for 4 with four runs scored. Danny Anderson and Travis Wood produced two hits apiece, and Trevor Twyman tripled an scored three runs.
Giants 17, Red Sox 4
Alexy Otis tossed a complete-game eight-hitter and fanned three as the Giants eliminated the Red Sox on Sunday.
Nick Durham was one of three Giants who went 3 for 3 at the plate. Durham had a double among his three hits, scored twice and stole two bases. Zen Contestable and Ashton Burdick were 3 for 3 with two runs scored.
The Giants’ multi-dimensional attack also featured Cameron McCarty going 2 for 3 and scoring two runs; Christina Barnhard touching home plate twice; and Moises Cuevas hitting a double and scoring a run.
Danny Anderson stroked a double and single for the Red Sox.
Giants 20, Angels 9
The Giants repeatedly put the ball in play and used aggressive baserunning to oust the Angels on Thursday.
Zen Contestable was a giant among Giants. He went 4 for 4, including a double, stole seven bases and scored three runs.
His teammates were on the ball, too, as the Giants totalled 21 hits. Nick Durham had two hits and scored twice; Hayden Amstrong provided two hits, three runs and four stolen bases; Matthew Herring bashed two doubles and scored two times; Alexys Otis swiped six bases and delivered two hits and two runs; Moises Cuevas’ stat line included two singles, two runs and three stolen bases; Cameron McCarty ripped three singles and scored two runs; and Ashton Burdick rapped two singles.
The Angels’ Claudia Janese and Jakob Decesare did their parts to keep their team in it. Decesare went 2 for 3 with a double, run and three stolen bases, while Janese was 2 for 2 and scored a run.
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