The American Yankees defeated the National Braves, 5-1, to take the Turlock Little League Senior City Championship on Wednesday at Pedretti Park.
The Yankees finished a remarkable undefeated season at 13-0.
“I cannot ask for a better team that had an undefeated season,” Yankees head coach Lance Justus said.
The game was filled with plenty of action on both sides of the ball, as the first run came in the top of the first for the Braves after Alex Rodih led off with a single and stole his way to third, only to score on a wild pitch and put his squad up 1-0. That would be the only run scored for the Braves as the Yankees offense came alive to score five unanswered.
In the bottom of the first, the Yanks tied the game after Blaine Weber was hit by a pitch and then stole second, third and home to make it one each. Both offenses cooled down for the next two innings then in the bottom of the fourth, Brett Haynor hit an RBI single to score Drake Dutra from third to make it 2-1, and the Yankees did not look back after this. Zach Moore then hit an infield RBI single to put his squad up by two. A Trevor Santiago RBI single brought Weber in for the fourth run. The fifth and final run was scored in the bottom of the sixth when Payton Dunseth scored on a sacrifice fly.
Weber tossed 71 pitches for the Yankees, going three innings and allowing one run, two hits, and walking and striking out three. Moore finished the game and went four shutout innings, allowing only one hit while striking out eight and walking three.
“We have been playing this way all season; this is the first group I have been involved with that has been so relaxed. We have been three or four down against the same team during the regular season; they didn’t even hesitate and next thing you know we're tied up or taking the lead. Everybody has been extremely relaxed,” Justus said.