Little League Baseball: Mark Coleman State Farm dominates American Canyon 9-6 | Sports


CORDELIA — Mark Coleman State Farm starting pitcher Landon Houle struck out nine in a row to start the game, but the top-seeded Napa American 1 had to hold off a furious comeback from American Canyon to win 9-6 in a Little League District 53 Minor Division Quarterfinal Champions Tournament on Tuesday at the Tri-Valley Grounds Complex.

“Landon does what he does. He throws punches,” Coleman manager Brett Wedding said. “He throws hard. It is very difficult to touch. He keeps us in ball games, and today he threw his cue. He did a fantastic job.

Owen Richmond came in and closed out the game on the mound for Napa in the 9 and 10 game.

Brett Wedding also praised Lucas Wedding, and not because he’s his son. He also thanked David Eddleman.

“I have to say hello to the seekers in this 100 degree weather,” said coach Wedding. “Lucas did a fantastic job behind the plate in that inning, and got a good hit as well, and David worked hard behind the plate.”

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Coleman got on the board in the second run. McCarthy, Johan Juarez, Snyder and Warnock had singles, and McCarthy, Juarez, Eddleman and Snyder scored for a 4-0 lead.

Houle walked but was stuck in third place for the third moto. But Coleman opened it in fourth with five runs, the maximum number of runs a team is allowed per inning. Eddleman and Snyder had walks and scored, Warnock and Potter hit errors and scored, and Stith singled and scored to make it 9-0.

American Canyon cut it to 9-5 in the fifth by maximizing its own allowance of five runs per set. Luke Bibb singled, Damian Cruz reached on an error, AJ Galvan, Brylen Wilson and Nathan Doria walked, and all five scored.

In the bottom of the sixth, needing five more runs to win the game, American Canyon got a first walk from Thomas Goodwin, who scored. Despite walks to Jaxen Chow and starting pitcher Bryson Tang and Bibb reaching on an error to load the bases with one out, American Canyon couldn’t push home runs anymore.

“Our hitting in the first two innings got us enough runs to take it out,” coach Wedding said. “We didn’t throw as many shots late in the game. American Canyon did a good job of capitalizing, but we threw just enough (strikes) at the right time to end the game.

The Napa team returns to the Tri-Valley complex at 5:30 p.m. for their knockout tournament semifinal.

“I don’t know who it will be,” Coach Wedding said. “I just know I love our guys and we’ll come out ready to fight.”

Major division

Plumbing Silva 14, American Canyon 1

Napa American’s No. 1 seed Silva Plumbing hammered 15 hits in a rout of the No. 1 seed of host Tri-Valley on Tuesday night in the 11-12 division at Cordelia.

Silva was scheduled to face American Canyon in the semifinals at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Tri-Valley courts.

Starter Rory Schmitz pitched three scoreless innings, allowing 2 hits and no walks with 4 strikeouts, and was 3-for-3 at the plate with a stolen base and 3 runs scored.

William Barrett pitched the fourth and final inning and allowed an earned run on 2 hits and no walks, striking out the last batter of the game. He was hit by a pitch and scored twice at home plate.

Mikey McCormick also led the winners’ bats going 3-for-3 with a double, 3 RBIs and 2 runs scored.

Carson Dahl went 2 for 3 with a double, RBI, a stolen base and 2 runs scored. He caught the whole game and kicked out a runner who was trying to steal second base.

Brayden Bushby went 2 for 3 with a double, 2 RBIs, a stolen base and 3 runs scored. William Wittman was 2 for 2 with 2 RBIs. Max DeLuca went 1 for 3 with a walk, stolen base and a run scored, Jaxon Canavesio was 1 for 3 with a run scored, and Esteban Montanez went 1 for 1 with an RBI. Matthew Malicki and Christian Bandel each added a step.

“Great team effort,” Silva manager Joey Schmitz said. “All the plumbers came out focused and ready to play. It’s great to see them pick themselves up and go after them.”

Dave Mosher contributed to this report.

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