Marlins, A’s advance to Little League title games
Ian Chandler and Thomas Crist pitched and hit the Lake Tahoe Coin, Jewelry and Loan Marlins to a 12-1 rout of the Olivo Zicko & Company CPAs Reds in a South Tahoe Little League major tournament semifinal Thursday night.
The win propelled the Marlins into Saturday’s 4 p.m. championship game opposite defending champion Accurate Audio Video A’s. The Marlins beat the A’s 9-8 in their previous meeting.
Chandler and Crist each worked three innings on the mound, combining for a seven-hitter and six strikeouts. They were just as effective at the plate, as Chandler stroked a two-run double and a run-scoring triple, while Crist smashed a two-run homer.
Chandler led the Marlins’ 14-hit attack with three hits. Crist, Sam Pierini, Joel Morris and Michael Anstett delivered two hits.
Chris Condella and Teddy Kosciolek bashed two hits for the Reds.
A’s 11, Giants 10
Chaz Merritt walked with two outs in the top of the sixth inning to force in Michael Wright with the deciding run, giving the New York Pizza A’s an upset win over the Thunderbird Lodge Giants and a spot in Saturday’s Minor League championship game.
The A’s will play the Garratt Corporation Braves at 1 p.m. Saturday at the major field.
Wright led off the sixth with a sharp single to right. After a walk to Matt O’Hara, Giants pitcher Matthew Stuck fanned the next two batters.
However, walks to Jared Whalen and Merritt brought home the winning run.
A’s pitcher Matthew Marsh did a super job of making the lead stand up. He fanned three of the four batters he faced in the bottom of the inning. He relieved in the fifth inning after the Giants pushed across six runs to the tie score at 10. Three of the four batters he faced in the fifth went down on strikes.
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