First published in the June 2 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.
Yankees 9, Dodgers 2 – Pitchers Collin Neumayer, Mario Leos and Mark Hiddleson combined to allow only four hits over six innings as the Yankees beat the Dodgers to advance to the second round of the league playoffs. Joey Montagano doubled in two runs in the first inning, and Hiddleson extended the lead in the third with an inside-the-park home run to center field. Neumayer, Atticus Burge, Mason Pearson and Beckett Seals also collected hits for the Yankees. Singles by Zachari Tomasello, Devin Rodriguez, Dominic Rodriguez and Henry Harper accounted for the Dodgers’ four hits.
Twins 5, Royals 3 – The Twins roared back from a three-run deficit in the bottom of the second inning to clinch a berth in the league championship behind strong hitting up and down the lineup and a terrific pitching performance over three innings by reliever Danny Marrs. Colin Gray went 2-for-2 and Ryden Yamada hit an impressive double to lead the Twins’ offense. Marrs, Zachary Mason, Lars Dietrick, Graham Wolf and Cayden Doan also tallied hits for the Twins. Royals pitchers Luke Crahan, West Dunton and Dean Doerfler combined for a strong effort on the mound. Crahan also doubled for the Royals, with Hugh Robinson and Ben Steiman notching hits as well.
Twins 8, Expos 5 – The Twins won the division title and will represent Pasadena Southwest Little League in the District 17 Tournament of Champions at Allendale Park. The Expos will represent PSWLL in the District 17 City Tournament.
A’s 13, Cubs 12 – Brandon Yee scored on Isaac Gonzalez’s single with two outs in the bottom of the fifth to lead the A’s to a thrilling walk-off victory in the playoff semifinal game at McKinley School. James Meher’s RBI single in the bottom of the third cut the Cubs’ early lead in half. Surehanded first baseman Hridhaan Mittal made multiple clutch outs down the stretch to lead the A’s defense. Kiyoshi diZerega, Royce Sanderson, Charlie Cole and Sebastian Visliquez-Gardner all had multiple hits to pace the Cubs offensively. Keenan Hufnagel and Luciano Brenneck supplied the power, hitting a triple and a double, respectively.
With the win, the A’s advanced to the AA championship against the Yankees at Allendale Park. The Yankees won that game 16-4 to claim the division title.
Tee Ball Division
Timber Rattlers were led offensively by Max Huang, who has been a consistently strong bat in our lineup all season with a swing that produces surprising power. Defensely, Freddie Conrad played with great tenacity and would get his body and glove in front of every hard hit ball sent his way. Also impressing in the field was Ethan Gordon, who displayed his strong arm by making the long throw from third base across the diamond to first.