Giants rally to win title
First, they slammed the door shut on a last-inning rally to clinch one win. Then the Giants staged a five-run rally in their final at-bat Wednesday night to close out a twilight sweep of the Cardinals to win the Carson Valley Little League Tournament championship at Lampe Park.
The Giants came out of the tournament loser’s bracket and defeated the Cardinals, 5-4 and 10-8, to successfully defend their league crown from 2015.
Dougie Davis pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the sixth inning, capped by a game-ending strikeout, to preserve the Giants’ win in the opener.
In the “If” game, Riley Duran doubled one run home and Kasen Boggs followed with an RBI single to spark a five-run rally in the bottom of the fifth inning and then Davis hit a two-run homer to put the Giants on top for good in the final contest.
Gabe Foster also hit what proved to be an important two-run homer in the first inning for the Giants.
It would be important since the Cardinals scored three runs in each of the first two innings to take a 6-2 lead. Trevor Midough hit a two-out, three-run homer in the first inning and James Hubbard slammed a two-run homer in the second inning.
Hubbard helped keep the Cardinals in position to win game one when he pitched 4.2 innings of eight-hit ball. The right-hander finished with 11 strikeouts and two walks, including one stretch spanning the second and third innings when he struck out six of seven batters.
Meanwhile, Boggs allowed nine hits over 4.2 innings before he departed with runners on first and third and two outs. Davis came on to end the Cardinals’ rally on a strikeout.
In the sixth, the Cardinals had runners on second and third with only one out, then loaded the bases when Hubbard received an intentional walk to load the bases with two outs. But then Davis ended the game on a strikeout.
Boggs hit 3-for-3 with two doubles and a solo home run in the second inning that gave the Giants a 4-2 lead. Boggs doubled in the fourth and scored on a wild pitch to make it 5-3.
Chase Olsen and Gavin Davis hit RBI doubles for the Cardinals, Calvin Celio went 3-for-4 and Hubbard 2-for-2. The Giants’ Tyler Rudd was 3-for-3.