The Spreckels Park Orioles plated five runs in the bottom of the first inning, doing all the damage necessary in an 8-4 victory over the Giants to capture the major-division title and a berth to the District 67 Tournament of Champions.
Troy Morrow went the distance from the mound, striking out five while scattering five hits.
A two-out infield error opened the door for the Giants to mount a late comeback attempt in the fifth inning, and Ian Burk came through for a two-run double for the final runs of the contest. Morrow got the final four outs in order.
P.J. Pimentel and Santino Flores scorched back-to-back RBI doubles during the Orioles’ five-run barrage in the first. The Orioles had a chance to break it open in the third after loading the bases with no out.
They drew five walks in the frame and had a double from Manny Alvarez. Pimentel had an RBI walk taken away when the would-be run scorer was called for the third out for not touching the plate.
The Orioles totaled seven hits, and leadoff batter Jacob Morrow went 2 for 4 with a run. He also got under to deep flyballs for outs in front of the center field fence on well-hit balls from Noah Aguirre and Travis Boyd.
Anthony Grady led off the game with a single and scored on Elias Cruz’s sacrifice fly in the top of the first inning for the Giants. Boyd added an RBI ground-rule double in the following inning.
A’s 16, Phillies 9
The championship-round affair concluded Sunday after it was called to darkness last Friday.
The A’s wrapped up the title in the best-of-three series, winning with a sweep. They started strong in the finale with a 12-run onslaught in the first inning.
Zak McCasland finished a home run shy of hitting for the cycle, going 4 for 6 with three runs. Anthony Avelar plated four runs and was 2 for 3 with three walks. Anthony Flores was 3 for 5 with three RBIs. Lucas Krenz scored three times, Kody House chipped in two hits and three RBIs, and Jayden Lopez legged out a double.
Evan Jeffery had a double and two runs for the Phillies. Tyler Looney contributed two runs after getting hit by pitches. Justin Severson drew three walks, scored twice and hit a single.
Orioles 13, Giants 0 (5)
Jackson Fay struck out nine over four-plus innings, and Jimmy Burns struck out the final four batters in a combined one-hitter for the Orioles, who forced a winner-take-all finale to be played today at Brock Elliot School.
Fay also went 2 for 2 with a triple and three runs on offense. A.J. Chapman and Julian Ruiz each hit a double. The Orioles pieced together a five-run rally in the top of the fifth to put the mercy rule in play.
Lorenzo Jones got the lone hit for the Giants, who left runners stranded at third base in three innings.