Yankees score Kingsbridge Little League championship
By Felix Holoszyc-Pimentel
In Kingsbridge Little League’s second playoff game on July 8, the Yankees annihilated the Mariners. They emerged from the game winning 17-5 to secure their title as league champions. The game was the second of a best-of-three championship series, both of which were won by the Yankees.
The Mariners went up to bat first, with 13-year-old Alex Diaz pitching for the Yanks, who started the game off with a strikeout. A double was followed by the second out, off a pop fly, which was then followed by another double, hit by Rafael Reyes, 11. Andrew Aragones, also 11, ran home on the hit. A passed ball, followed by an error at third, allowed Reyes to score the team’s second run before the inning ended with another strikeout.
The bottom of the inning began with a fly ball for the Yankees, but two walks and a single loaded the bases. The next play ended in disaster for the Mariners; four errors in one play allowed the Yankees to rack up four runs as Angel Rivera, 12, Gabriel Riollano, 11, pitcher Diaz, and batter Derrick Morel, 13, made their way home.
Jhana Dordille, 11, then hit a single, stole second, and advanced to third on a passed ball, before heading home on a hit by Sebastian Villavizar, 11, making the score 5-2. Villavizar managed to score the team’s sixth point after yet another error at third base gave him the opportunity to run home, the score now 6-2.
The Yankees shut down the Mariners in the second inning with another immediate strikeout by Diaz. Xamiti Arias, 11, got on base and moved to second on a passed ball. Arias moved to third, while the next batter was called out at first. A stunning catch by Dordille in deep center field ended the top of the inning.
The Yankees made enormous leaps in the second inning. After a single, a struck batter and two passed balls, a runner was on third with one out. Another walk put runners on second and third, and a double by Morel saw Riollano score a run. Dordille hit another double, running in Diaz. Villavizar hit a third double, and Dordille and Morel ran home on the play.