The Yankees used a five-run first to take a lead they would not relinquish Friday in a 6-2 consolation-bracket win over the Cubs in Manteca Little League major playoff action at Lincoln Park.
Troy Pelicas Jr. drew a one-out walk for the Yankees in the first and was doubled in by Blake Mejorado who came in the rest of the way on wild pitches for a 2-1 lead.
Wyatt DeFrenchi singled and Colton Stonum doubled to give the Yankees runners on second and third with two out. Angelo Cervantez Jr. then walked, and in an effort to pick off DeFrenchi at third the ball sailed into the outfield. By the time the dust settled, Cervantez Jr. came all the way around to score as did Stonum for a 5-1 lead.
Mark Lopez Smith tripled for the Cubs in the first inning and scored on a double by Carson Smith (2 for 3, RBI, double). Zack Anderson doubled to lead off the sixth and was singled in by James Dennis (2 for 3, double, RBI) to come within 6-2. A pair of walks loaded the bases with no outs but Mejorado – who had just moved to short from pitcher – made a highlight-reel catch of a line drive by Smith and doubled up Lopez-Smith at second. A strikeout then ended the game.
Mejorado started on the hill for the Yankees and pitched into the sixth, striking out the side twice and totaling nine strikeouts. Rex Watson relieved Mejorado in the sixth and after the double play by Mejorado, Watson ended the game with a strikeout.
The Yankees continue in the consolation bracket Monday at 5:30 against the Brewers.
Marlins 11, Giants 1
Eliseo Cervantes and Isaac Acuna combined to pitch a one-run game for the Marlins.
Cervantes was 2 for 3 with a double, run and a walk and Acuna was 1 for 2 with two runs and a walk.
Niko Juarez drove in Cooper Chamberlain in the first inning for the lone Giants run. Juarez, Chamberlain, Preston Smith, Drake Krippene and Vince Almeida all went 1 for 2 for the Giants.
The Marlins will square off with the A’s Monday at 5:30 p.m. Both teams battled to a first-place tie in the regular season with identical 13-4 records.
Orioles 10, A’s 4
Isaiah Yanez belted a two-run double in the fourth inning for the Orioles as part of a five-run frame to break open a close game on Thursday for the league championship.
Brayden Camara gave the A’s an early 2-0 lead with a two-RBI double in the first game. George Mendoza then came on to pitch for the Orioles, going four innings and did not allow a run, striking out six. Mendoza scored a run and went 1 for 2.
Collins Schluer relieved Mendoza with one out in the fifth, getting the final five outs of the game behind three strikeouts, one of which ended the game.
Hunter Canady (2 for 3, three RBI) drove in two runs for the Orioles in the bottom half of the first on a single to tie the score at 2-all. Cash Lee also walked twice and scored two runs for the Orioles.
The Orioles finish the season at 17-1 and will advance to the district 67 Tournament of Champions at Spreckels Park and face Mountain House on Saturday, June 17.