A’s return to Little League championship game
A year has passed and little has changed in the South Tahoe Little League majors division.
Defending champion Accurate Audio Video A’s again advanced to the title game with a 14-1 trouncing of the Frank’s TV and Electronics Diamondbacks on Wednesday night.
In a rubber match with the D-backs, the A’s used an eight-run first inning to earn a spot in Saturday’s championship game. The teams split their two previous games this season.
Gary Graham drilled a two-run single, David Schue connected for a run-scoring double and Dru Blair stroked a RBI single in the big first inning.
The runs were more than enough for the A’s triumvirate of pitchers – Schue, Zach Kropf and Kyle Mazzoni. The trio held the D-Backs to three hits and struck out 10.
Kropf, Ian Rice and Michael Orman led the Diamondbacks’ 17-hit attack with three hits apiece. Rice tripled, singled twice and walked. He also scored two runs. Kropf and Orman each hit three singles, and Orman scored twice. Schue, Blair and Marty Harris each stroked a pair of hits for the A’s.
K.J. Allister had a single and scored a run for the Diamondbacks.
In the championship, the A’s, who went through last season unbeaten, will meet the winner of today’s 5:30 p.m. second semifinal between the Olivo Zicko & Company CPAs Reds and the Lake Tahoe Coin, Jewelry and Loan Marlins.
The Garratt Corporation Braves qualified for the minor championship, beating the George’s Hunting & Fishing Trips Red Sox 16-8 on Wednesday. The Braves will meet today’s survival match between the New York Pizza A’s and the Thunderbird Lodge Giants. Game time is 5:30 p.m.
A noon barbecue will precede Saturday’s championship doubleheader. Parents are reminded that last names beginning with A through M are encouraged to bring salads, while N through Z are responsible for desserts.
The minor league championship begins at 1 p.m., followed by the major finale at 4 p.m. Both games are at the major field.
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