It is win or go home time.
As a result of the Yankees handing the Giants their first loss this season Thursday night in Manteca Little League minors play by the score of 5-3, the two teams will play again today with a berth to the District 67 Tournament of Champions on the line.
The Yankees got all of their runs in the third inning behind three doubles — a two RBI double by Brach Carabello, an RBI double by Damian Short and by Dani Davenport’s inning-ending two-RBI double. Davenport’s double scored the fourth and fifth runs of the inning, the maximum allowed by rule until the final inning.
Xavier Hardiman gave the Giants a 1-0 lead in the first inning when he scored on an error off the bat of Dom Kotta. In the third inning Angelo Nieto came in on Hardiman’s three-base error and Hardiman scored on Terrance Montgomery’s single to make the score 5-3.
Damian Short pitched the first four innings for the Yankees, striking out eight and allowing just three hits and two walks with no earned runs. Carabello pitched the final two innings, striking out one with one hit and one walk.
Hardiman started on the mound for the Yankees and pitched two innings, allowing two hits while striking out the side in the second and walking one. Brian Geer came in from the third through the fifth innings and following the five-run, five hit third, Geer struck out two and had a 1-2-3 fifth inning. Roman Christensen threw the sixth, striking out two.
The championship game begins this afternoon at 5:30.