It is now win or go home.
As a result of Friday’s 16-0 win for the A’s over the Pirates in Northgate Little League major-division playoff finals and the 7-4 Red Sox Triple-A victory over the Rangers, the four teams will get together today to decide the championships.
Brayden Hardcastle carried the offensive and defensive loads for the A’s, retiring the first six batters he faced by strikeout and allowing no hits in the four-inning, mercy-rule-shortened contest. Hardcastle also belted a home run, going 2 for 3 with three RBIs.
The A’s hammered out 11 hits with Daniel Ruiz going 3 for 4 with four RBIs and Brandon Reis was 3 for 4 with three RBIs. Hitting out the No. 9 hole Victor Romo belted a two-out, two-RBI double in the seven-run first inning.
Jacob Peterson was 3 for 3 for the Red Sox in the Triple-A playoff contest. In the first inning, singles by Peterson and Avery Flores followed by RBI singles for Alex Duenas and Benny Slauter and a two-run double by Collin Ivey led to a five-run first inning for the Red Sox.
At 9 this morning the A’s and the Pirates will play on Gillen Field and the Red Sox and the Rangers will square off on Bassi Field. The winners will advance to the Little League District 67 Tournament of Champions beginning Saturday, April 15.