After dropping their playoff opener, 9-7 to the White Sox on Saturday, the Spreckels Park Little League major division A’s bounced back in a big way Sunday and drubbed the Blue Jays 17-3 at Brock Elliot School to remain in contention.
The A’s, who used seven pitchers, fell behind 9-3 by the end of the third inning against the White Sox but produced four runs in the fifth to make it close.
Anthony Arredondo led the White Sox with a triple and three RBIs. Tyler Lewis was 2 for 3 with two doubles.
Colton Tarp (triple, RBI), Steven Rios (double), Jacob Souza (double, RBI) and Stephen Halleck (double, two RBIs) were each 2 for 3 for the A’s.
The A’s took out their frustrations on the Blue Jays, erupting for 14 runs in the first two innings before the mercy rule was enforced after four.
Halleck batted in four runs behind two hits, one of which went for a triple. Souza finished 2 for 4 with two doubles and three RBIs, and Tarp added a double and two RBIs. Blake Gainous chipped in an RBI single.
Starting pitcher Rios went two innings, striking out four while giving up no runs and no hits. The Blue Jays were held to just three hits, which came from Abraham Velasco, Angel Sena (RBI) and Patrick Silveira. Joey Hyatt drove in a run.
Red Sox 2, Dodgers 1
Pitching and defense ruled this Northgate Little League first-round contest at Neil Hafley School.
In the bottom of the sixth, Brandon Gustafson plated the winning run for the Sox. Mark Rodriguez was the winning pitcher, and he struck out nine batters.
The Red Sox struck first in the fourth when Tyler Slaughter doubled and later scored. Tim Couch scored on Elias Andrews’ base hit in the fifth to tie it for the Dodgers.
Couch also battled tough from the mound, as he fired six strikeouts.
Bisons 15, Hot Rods 2
The second-seeded Bisons continued their hot hitting from the regular season in Friday’s postseason opener.
Tyler Kiser drove in their first run in the top of the first with a double, and Pili Hines smacked a two-run single. The Bisons led 3-2 after one, but by the fourth that lead had grown to a comfortable 8-2 margin.
Eric Nascimento, Noah Garcia and Hines each ended up 3 for 3. George Montross posted three RBIs on 2-for-3 hitting.
Braden Reis crushed a two-run double to knock in both of the Hot Rods’ runs in the first inning. Jake Zimmer contributed two hits.
Hot Rods 12, Knights 11
J.J. Sanchez drove in Alec Alegre to cap the Hot Rods’ wild sixth-inning comeback in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Austin Scott led off the come-from-behind charge with a double, and D.J. King drove in two of his three runs to continue the rally. Jacob Lill added a two-run double to set up Sanchez’s heroic base knock.
Cooper Cannon belted three singles to lead the Knights, and Dominic Valentine legged out a pair of doubles to highlight his three-hit outing.
Indians 17, Giants 8
Buddy Reeder accounted for nearly a third of the Indians’ 13 hits, hitting 4 for 4 with five runs. Alex Jorgensen and Reid Maestas each had two hits and three RBIs.
Jonathon Barry was 3 for 4 for the Giants, and Gerald Parente contributed a triple.