Austin Finarelli’s double in the bottom of the sixth inning proved to be the game-winning hit as the Angels nipped the Giants, 9-8, to win the AAA championship in the Back Mountain Little League. The hit plated both Josiah Thomas and Marc Ramirez with the tying and winning runs, respectively.
Starting off the scoring, Drew Lojewski had three RBI for the Angels on a bases-clearing double in the bottom of the first inning, scoring Marc Ramirez, Austin Finarelli and Nick Solinsky. In offensive support for the Angels, Marc Ramirez had two hits and scored two runs. Zack Chamberlain had a hit with two RBI and Josiah Thomas had two hits, two RBI and a run scored.
After the Angels took a 7-0 lead, the Giants came roaring back and scored three runs in the fourth inning and then followed with three more in the fifth and two in the sixth. In the fourth, two of the runs came home when Will Youngman and Nick Nocito scored on a two-run triple by Kurtis Ryniec.
In the fifth, Ethan Kruger hit a two-run double, scoring Blaise Napierowski and Nick Nocito. In the top of the sixth, Mitch Burgess had a clutch single, plating both James McCabe and Mike Murray and giving the Giants an 8-7 lead.
Offensive leaders for the Giants were Will Youngman, Kurtis Ryniec and Mike Murray, with each having two hits.
The Giants pitching of Nick Nocito and Will Youngman and the Angels pitching of Marc Ramirez, Josh Noone and Austin Finarelli was excellent.
In the field, the Giants’ Nathan Savignano took away a smash, no-doubt extra base hit from Angels’ Ethan Meuser in the third inning.