Kainoa Ontai started and ended the game with a bang Tuesday, leading the Giants to an 11-1 five-inning mercy-rule win over the White Sox for the majors championship of Spreckels Park Little League.
Ontai threw nine consecutive strikes to start the game, setting down the White Sox in order in the first inning, and struck out the next three batters in the second inning. He picked up the complete-game win, striking out 12 with three hits and one walk.
With the Giants leading 9-1, Kyle Bagley led off the bottom of the fifth with a walk and Ontai ended the game via the mercy rule with a home run.
Ontai led off the Giants first with a single and scored the first of three runs in the inning on a double by Zac Cook. The Giants scored four runs in the second behind singles by Cook, Noah Aguirre, a walk by Caliyann Craig and a double by Sante Duarte.
The Giants added two more in the third as well as the fourth.
Giants 5, A’s 4
The Giants took a 2-0 first inning lead Wednesday and ran it to 5-0 in the third, forcing a winner-take-all game today at 5:30 p.m. for the championship.
Both teams threw 10 strikeouts apiece with Eli Terpsma, Landon Chamberlain and Reece George pitching for the Giants and Seth Van Dyk and Zach Johnson pitching for the A’s.
Terpsma led the offense for the Giants, going 3 for 3 and hitting his sixth home run of the season along with a triple and two runs. Chamberlain was 2 for 3 with two runs and Nate Dorn was 1 for 2 with a walk and a run.
Tyler Paul Wentworth (two runs) and Johnny Rey were each 2 for 3 for the A’s and Van Dyk and Zenon Garay were both 1 for 3 with a walk and a run.
Marlins 11, Cubs 10
Mateo Ceja scored the walk-off run in the bottom of the sixth on a bases-loaded walk to make it to the championship round today at 5:30 against the A’s. The Marlins must win today to force a winner-take-all game Thursday.
The Marlins trailed 7-3 going into the fourth inning and battled back to tie the game at 7-all. Aiden Both started the frame off for the Marlins with a walk and then back-to-back hits by Cole Martin along with a walk by Joseph Pimentel and hits by Isaiah Alococer and Jesse Bella yielded four runs.
The Cubs took the lead at 10-8 in the sixth inning with three runs behind walks to Zach Wilson and Raian Masudi and hits by Mason Reavis and Logan Granillo.