The Mariners ran into the Sparks Centennial juggernaut that is the Yankees, a team that took first place in the regular season by outscoring opponents 141-29 in the 18 games.
The Yankees were not unbeatable during the season, dropping two games to the bottom two teams in the standings. But the SC league champion looked far from beatable in Monday night’s city championship game.
The Yankees flexed their baseball muscle, capping their season with a 6-0 victory on a combined no-hitter by Brendan Parisotto and Cameron Beard.
Parisotto went the first five innings and was untouchable, recording all 15 outs via a strikeout. He walked three batters, one in each of the first three innings.
The Mariners didn’t put the ball in play until the sixth inning when Beard took over. Beard walked one batter, but induced three infield outs to seal the victory.
The Yankees got all the offense it would need in the bottom of the first.
With one out, Beard drew a walk from Mariners starter Kameron Soubiea. Parisotto helped his cause one-hopping the fence in left field for a double.
With runners on second and third, Jon Pinto popped up the ball right in front of home plate. However, no one could get the ball before it hit the ground. Pinto didn’t run right away to first because he thought the ball was foul, so he was eventually thrown out at first. But both runners scored on the play, making it a 2-0 game.
Reade Jacobs came to the plate and crushed an 0-2 pitch opposite field over the right-center field fence, increasing the lead to 3-0.
In the bottom of the second, the Mariners recorded two quick outs. A single by Colton Domingues started the two-out rally. Beard walked for the second time, ending Soubiea’s outing.
Reliever Jake Griffin got a little wild. Domingues scored thanks to three wild pitches. Beard moved up to second on a defensive indifference when Domingues was on third. Two wild pitches brought Beard home, pushing the gap to 5-0.
The Yankees again rallied with two outs in the bottom of the third for their final run.
Alex Mason walked and Tyler Imperato singled to put a runner in scoring position for Domingues, who blooped an RBI single into shallow right field, driving in Mason.
Of the two Sparks Little Leagues, the Centennial side was clearly the stronger of the two, winning all seven of the first-round matchups over its Sparks National counterparts in the Majors Tournament.
In the AAA championship, also played Monday night at Shadow Mountain Park, the only Sparks National team in the tournament took on the Aces. Sparks National had the right idea, sending its 9/10 All-Stars into battle, but that just showed the Centennial League’s clout carried down to the younger kids as well.
The Aces, the No. 1 seed from the Sparks Centennial AAA League, followed up their semifinal win over the Yankees with a 10-0 triumph over the Sparks National 9/10 All-Stars for the city championship. The 10-run mercy rule ended the game after four innings thanks to an RBI single by Blake Zabala.
Takoda Kester allowed two hits and struck out eight to earn the victory on the mound for the Aces.