In the grand scope of Sunday’s baseball game, the double play wasn’t crucial.
At the time, it was.
After Half Moon Bay turned the double play, a close game became a laugher with a 15-4 win over Treeview of Hayward in the Section 3 Junior Little League All-Star Tournament loser’s bracket game.
Half Moon Bay fell into the loser’s bracket with its 7-5 loss to Mission-San Jose on Saturday.
For Half Moon Bay to win the tournament, it must win more games, starting with Monday’s game against Livermore American.
Results of that game were not available at press time.
The winner of Monday’s game plays Mission-San Jose, Tuesday. If Mission-San Jose won, it would claim the tournament. Otherwise, a necessary game would be played at 5 tonight at Newark Memorial High School, with the winner claiming the title and advancing to the section tournament, starting Saturday in Stockton.
Half Moon Bay scored twice in the first inning, Sunday, and maintained the lead the rest of the way.
Treeview found some offense in the third, loading the bases with one out.
Pitcher Antonio Lopez induced a 1-2-3 double play to end the threat.
“I threw a two-seam fastball on the inside part of the plate,” Lopez said. “I had to throw the ball to (catcher James Cartwright) normally.”
Cartwright took the throw from Lopez, stepped on the plate, and fired it to first baseman Hart Ayoob. He caught the ball for the inning-ending double play.
“I thought the throw was going to hit the batter,” Cartwright said. “Hart made a great play on the throw.”
Half Moon Bay scored every inning down the road, turning the game into a romp. Max Jenkins tripled in the fourth and scored on Pablo Gutierrez’s infield out. Cartwright and Ian Goldbach knocked in runs in the fifth. Cartwright keyed a four-run sixth with a three-run double.
Lopez allowed three hits, walked two and struck out seven in 5 2/3 innings of shutout ball.
“It was probably not my best game of the year,” Lopez said. “James called a great game. He knew what pitches would work.”