On Wednesday for the second night in a row, Mykal Cerna came up huge for the Braves, this time blasting a three-run fifth- inning home run to put the Braves ahead for good in an 11-7 win over the White Sox for the Manteca Little League major-division championship and a berth in the District 67 Tournament of Champions.
The White Sox clung to a 7-6 lead going into the fifth inning, but Cerna (3 for 4, home run, three RBI, two doubles two runs) made sure that lead did not last long. Fabian Nuno and Jeremy Cross (2 for 4, two RBI, two runs) led off the fifth with back-to-back singles for the White Sox, setting the table for Cerna’s shot over the right-center fence.
The White Sox added two more runs in the inning on a two-RBI single by Felix Rodriguez, plating Kai Masuri (3 for 4, two RBI) and Mateo Munoz.
Bode Hiatt (2 for 2, three RBI, triple) and Alberto Cervantes (2 for 2, RBI, double) paced the offense for the White Sox.
Braves 3, White Sox 2
Cerna belted a walk-off single in the bottom of the sixth inning Tuesday to give the Braves the win.
The White Sox carried a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the sixth when hits by Nuno and Cross set up Cerna’s heroics. Nuno and Cross had two hits apiece.
Cross was magical on the mound, pitching the final 5.1 innings yielding 3 hits while striking out 12 with three hits, no walks and no runs.
Jacoby Salinas and Madden Melendez tallied two hits apiece for the White Sox. Cage Woodall (2.1 innings, one unearned run, two strikeouts, no hits and two walks), Brody Carabello (two innings, no runs, three strikeouts, one hit) and Brixton Ortiz (1.1 innings, four hits, two runs, three strikeouts) formed the White Sox pitching contingent.
Yankees 16, A’s 11
Dominic Jimenez knocked in four runs for the Yankees on Wednesday in an elimination contest and helped advance his team to the championship round tonight.
Jimenez was 2 for 3 with a pair of doubles. Braden Baltazar tallied two RBI and scored two runs with Yankees teammates Logan Davenport and Dylan Woods each knocking in two runs. Damien Short walked in all four of his at-bats and scored four runs.,
Baltazar (four strikeouts, two hits, four walks and three earned runs) and Sam Lucas (three strikeouts, four hits, four walks) each pitched three innings.
Julian Garcia and Victor Nuno both scored two runs for the A’s.
The Yankees face the Giants at 5:30 p.m. today and must win to force a winner-take-all contest.