San Mateo American 5
Half Moon Bay 0
Half Moon Bay ended its season in an 'Elite Eight' one-loss-elimination game of the District 52 Tournament.
Pitchers Anthony Hnatt-Kabrich tossed a season-high 13 strikeouts (5 2/3 innings). In the sixth, Maverick Johnson came on in relief to strike out three more (1 1/3 innings).
Suffering their first shutout this season, Half Moon Bay was held to only three hits; Hnatt-Kabrich, Will Wimsett and Hunter Malarkey all hit singles. In two tournament game, the Juniors' run differential was +4.
Killer Bees 5
The Giants were undefeated in the playoff series going into the game.
Down 3-0 in the third, the Giants bats came alive. Lane Giannini singled, followed by a double by Kai Kung, and the first of three intentional walks. Kung scored on a single by Lucas Phipps to tie it up.
After five innings with Kung pitching, the Giants were down by one headed into the sixth. They fought back with a single RBI from Aaron Ortega to tie it up, followed by intentional walks of both Dylan Modena and Kung. Cole Giannini hit a fly out with Lane Giannini scoring the winning run after tagging up, earning the team the title of Majors champion for the 2021 season.
Lane Giannini led the offense going 4 for 4. Busy first baseman Mattias Jones worked in tandem with the infield for six outs; Tahlon Davis, Omar Marquez and Aaron Ortega anchored the outfield.