Little League postseason tournament down to three teams |

Little League postseason tournament down to three teams

And then there were three.

The South Lake Tahoe Little League major division championship contenders were whittled down to three on Wednesday and Thursday nights.

The A’s rallied to beat the Dodgers 14-8 at Fred Rightmier Field.

Logan Brewer’s two-run homer gave the Dodgers a 7-6 lead, but the A’s erupted for eight runs in the sixth inning to win the elimination game. Stone Merkley hit a single and two-run double and Josh Acosta delivered a two-run single during the A’s decisive rally.

The A’s ousted the Angels on Thursday night. Also remaining in the double-elimination tournament are the Giants and Yankees.

Jessie Crouch collected three hits, two runs and two stolen bases for the A’s. The A’s R.J. Rivera also rapped three hits and scored a run, while Merkley and Acosta pounded two hits and scored once. For the Dodgers, Connor Alexander, Justin Cain and Will Mori supplied two hits.

In other playoff games:

Angels 15, A’s 0

Tyler Dill, Jarret Young and Cale Quistgard combined to throw a four-hit shutout Thursday as the Angels survived their second elimination game and advanced within one win of the finals. Kirby David led the offense with a pair of homers.

Angels 17, Red Sox 5

One day to think about a one-run deficit to the Red Sox did wonders for the Angels’ hitting. After a thunderstorm suspended play with the Red Sox, leading 2-1 in the second inning Monday, the Angels came back with a six-run second inning and seven in the fourth to roll to a victory Tuesday. Tyler Dill and Jarret Young fueled the Angels’ comeback with four hits apiece. Young delivered two doubles and scored twice, while Dill crossed home plate three times. For the Red Sox, Colin Buchholz contributed two hits and two runs.

AAA Minors

Nothing is going according to plan in the South Lake Tahoe Little League minor AAA tournament.

Winning both of their games over the weekend propelled the fourth-seeded Yankees and second-seeded Red Sox into a winners’ bracket showdown later this week. The winner of that game will qualify for Sunday’s finals. The third-seeded Dodgers have been ousted, and the top-seeded Giants are a loss from being eliminated.

Yankees 19, Angels 12

Lex Merrifield smashed two hits and scored three runs as the Yankees opened the six-team tournament with a win Saturday.

Teammate Brett Garrett also had on his hitting shoes, cracking two singles, scoring two runs and stealing two bases. The Angels were led by Bryin Schouten, who came through with three hits, two runs and five stolen bases. Tucker Leonard also clubbed three hits and scored twice and Jacob Delesare provided two hits, two runs and four stolen bases.

Dodgers 10, A’s 9

The Dodgers struck early and often, scoring four runs in the first inning and six in the second.

Kale Spira and Matt Cain connected for two hits apiece, and Conner Molesworth, Dylan Lang and Jalen Sigel scored two runs.

Jevan Rogers of the A’s had a big day, collecting two hits, a run and four stolen bases.

Yankees 15, Giants 11

The Giants had trouble on Sunday with the Yankees’ four-man wrecking crew – Lex Merrifield, Payton Galli, Ridge Merkley and Blair Binns. Merrifield sprayed four hits, scored four runs and stole three bases, while Galli delivered four hits and scored four times, Binns had three hits and a run and Merkley came home twice on his three hits.

Nick Coolbaugh and Hayden Armstrong had productive performances at the plate for the Giants as they both generated two hits. Janez Demsar and Nick Durham scored twice.

Red Sox 10, Dodgers 9

Griff Carter delivered the decisive hit as the Red Sox scored three times in their last at-bat to pull out the one-run victory.

Travis Wood, Trevor Twyman and Anthony Wolfe scored runs for the Red Sox during the final-inning rally. Wolfe and Brandon Bogue combined for six hits and four runs. Matt Cain led the Dodgers with three hits and two runs.

Angels 26, Dodgers 12

The sixth-seeded Angels capitalized on the Dodgers’ control problems on the mound, scoring at least three runs in every inning Monday.

Tucker Leonard, Claudia Janese, Bryin Schouten and Jacob Delesare each scored four runs. Joe Morales smashed a double for the winners. In their final game, the Dodgers got three runs and a single off the bat of Dylan Lance, while Jalen Sigel provided a double and single, scored three runs and stole three bases.

Giants 14, A’s 10

A substitution issue resulted in the elimination game being protested Wednesday.

The Giants’ bats were rattling as Hayden Armstrong crushed three hits and scored twice; Nick Durham delivered two hits, scored three runs and swiped three bases; Nick Coolbaugh had two hits, touched home plate twice and stole two bases; and Alex Otis rapped two hits. For the A’s, Jevon Rogers pinged out three hits and scored a run; Brady McIntyre collected two hits and scored a run; and Logan Taylor doubled and scored.

Editor’s note: Spellings of players’ names provided by South Tahoe Little League.

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