While the Red Sox were the favorite on paper, the Tigers completed their journey from the losers’ bracket to take the title Tuesday night at Golden Eagle Regional Park with a 6-4 victory.
The Tigers jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the top of the first. Seth McGrath walked to start the game and Alex Padilla followed with a single.
Dominic Lange singled with one out and the Tigers drew two more walks in the inning to contribute to the 2-0 score.
The Red Sox answered right back, cutting the deficit in half in the bottom of the first. Rylan Charles’ leadoff single was the only base hit the Red Sox recorded in the first.
The Tigers built on its the lead thanks to back-to-back doubles by JT Skiver and Lange in the top of the third, making it a 3-1 ballgame.
Skiver and Lange went back-to-back in the fourth with singles, increasing the lead to 4-1.
A solo shot by Charles in the bottom of the fourth started the Red Sox on the comeback trail.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Red Sox knotted the game at 4-4. Greg Altman and Don Walsh both singled during the rally.
That brought up the top of the Tigers’ order to start the final inning.
McGrath singled to open the sixth frame. Padilla blasted a home run for the final 6-4 margin.
Lange had three hits to lead the Tigers, while Padilla chipped in with two.
Charles was 2-for-2 with two walks in the losing cause
Tuesday was championship night for all divisions in the Sparks Centennial Little League.
The Rangers won the AAA championship, 7-6. The Tigers also beat the Red Sox in the AA division, 11-7.
In softball action, the Red Sox defeated the Blue Jays, 12-2, for the Majors championship. The Minors softball title was decided by an 11-2 score as the Angels took down the Royals.
The Red Sox won the Juniors softball crown with a 15-5 triumph over the Yankees.