Little League final knotted at 2-2
AMHERST - The final showdown for Amherst Little League supremacy will soon arrive.
Tomorrow night, the Cubs will meet the Y's Guys on the Landry ball field at 6 p.m. When the duel is over, one team will walk away as the Little League champions of Amherst.
"Wednesday night should be a thriller," Cubs coach Carl McManaman said. "It should be a close game. I could see it going down to the last at-bat."
If the game is anything like last night's game, fans won't be disappointed.
"Both teams definitely came to play," Y's Guys coach John Kane said. "You couldn't have asked for a better game. Even though it went the other way, the kids played tough."
The Y's Guys took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning, then at the top of the fourth, the Cubs took the lead off a hit by Austin Hicks.
It was at the bottom of the sixth and final inning where the Y's Guys almost came back.
With two out and the tying run on third base, the Y's Guys Jordan Mont came up to bat.
He hit a fly ball into the outfield and both outfielder Brandon Greeno and shortstop Matthew Hunter went for the ball.
Greeno avoided running it Hunter while making the catch and getting the out. The game ended 2-1 for the Cubs.
"The boys played well, they came ready to play," Cubs coach McManaman said. "My hats off to the Y's Guys. They're playing great."
Because they hadn't lost a game all season, the Cubs came into the five-game championship series as favourites, with the Y's Guys playing the roll of underdog.
The Y's Guys quickly turned the tables by winning the first two games and placing the Cubs into a must-win situation.
"The boys showed a lot of heart coming back and winning the last two games," McManaman added. "It's been a great series and that was a great game."
Both coaches have their teams psyched up for Game 5.
"We told the boys to bring their A game," McManaman said.
Coach Kane told his boys: "When you come back for the next game, come back to win."
Alex VanSnick pitched for the Y's Guys giving up four hits, two walks and striking out eight batters.
VanSnick also hit three singles on the night with Joel McCrossin, Meagan Proctor and Jordan Mont each hitting singles.
Pitching for the Cubs was Logan Dowe.
"He pitched a great game," McManaman said.
Dowe gave up five hits and no walks, and struck out nine batters.
Brandon Greeno hit a double for the Cubs and Jordan McManaman, Jason Morse and Matt Hunter each hit singles.