Saturday marked the first time Peyton Pastorino had ever hit a home run in a Little League baseball game. But the Pastorino Hay infielder was just as proud of the groundout he hit in the fifth inning.
The infield out scored Ian Scarborough with a key insurance run, helping his team defeat the Half Moon Bay Lions Club, 6-4, to claim the Half Moon Bay Little League Majors title.
Pastorino Hay seemed on its way to winning the game, and not needing to play Sunday, as it held a 2-0 lead after two innings.
Pastorino’s home run, a towering shot to right-center, came in the first. Luis Gutierrez singled in Jack Wilson in the second.
The Lions Club tied the score in the third. Michael Pariseau was safe on an error, allowing Chris Krabbenschmidt to score. Jack Mettam’s infield out plated Marius Kulda.
Pastorino Hay reclaimed the lead in the third, scoring twice on base-loaded walks. But the Lions Club tied the score again. Jake Quosig’s double scored Robert Lopez. Justin Garcia followed with a run-scoring single.
Pastorino Hay took the lead for good as Patrick Hann scored on a wild pitch.
“I ran as hard as I could,” Hann said. “I tagged the plate just before I got tagged.”
After the Lions Club went down in the fifth, Pastorino Hay added that final insurance run.
The game ended with Noah Gandelman fielding a grounder and stepping on first for the final out.
While there was no need for the extra game in Majors, it was a different story in the Minors.
Comfort Inn knocked off HMB Glass Friday, 6-2, forcing the extra game Sunday.
In Friday’s win, Angelo Molossi was 3-for-3 with a homer and a double and Kohei Tanaka hit a two-run double as Comfort Inn won.
Comfort Inn took the lead in the first and never trailed, winning 7-6 in a thriller.
Comfort Inn took a 7-1 lead after two innings. Angelo Molossi and Kohei Tanaka each hit two-run doubles.
Peter Popiel tripled and scored.
Spencer Ladd brought HMB Glass back in the third, drilling a three-run homer. Ladd led off the sixth with a double and scored on Nate Greeley’s triple. Greeley scored on an infield out.
Popiel struck out the final batter, getting the save for Molossi and the title for his team. First baseman Mykola Ediger made a diving catch on the game’s first play.