Cardinals power to Little League title
Chase Olsen, Carson Hill and Sean Powers slugged successive home runs as the Carson Valley Little League Cardinals capped their drive to the Majors tournament championship with a 12-2 win over the Cubs on June 8 at Lampe Park.
In the process, the Cardinals wrapped a season in which they went 22-2 (19-2 regular season) and reversed a not-so-happy finish to the 2016 season when they lost a doubleheader to the Giants on the final day of the league tournament’s championship round.
The Cardinals scored twice in each of the first three innings to take a 6-2 and then pulled away with fourth inning home runs — Olsen and Powers went the opposite way with drives over the right-center field fence and Hill cleared the fence in left-center. Olsen homered earlier in the game to help put the Cardinals out front.
Hill and Olsen are returnees from the 2016 tournament runner-up team, as are Gavin Davis, Isiah Middaugh, Tyler Kauffmann and Calvin Celio.
Hill and Olsen combined to pitch three-hit ball for the Cardinals.
Manager Brandon Hill expressed his appreciation for the “amazing network of family and friends that supported the boys and coaching staff through the season.”
He went on to add: “The boys really worked hard this season to earn their success and really came together as a cohesive team through the season.”
The Cubs scored two runs in the top of the third inning, sparked by an Owen Evans double.
Nick Lowry drove home the game’s final run for the Cardinals.
The Cardinals started on their path to the championship round with a win over the Yankees on May 30 and then a 5-4 extra-inning win over the A’s on June 2.
The Cubs bounced back from a 7-6 loss to the A’s on May 30 and won three straight games to reach the championship round. The Cubs edged the Yankees on June 5, 6-5, and won a rematch against the A’s on June 6, 6-3.