Cardinals fly high, claim Little League Majors title
The final game between the A's and the Cardinals for the league championship was a wonder to behold.
The game started with a bang when Charlie Parkhurst, leading off for the Cards, drove the ball into the right center gap. Charlie didn't stop running until he had reached third base. He had hardly caught his breath when Jonas Lukowitz drove him in with a single to deep short.
That was it for the offense. The rest of the game was a magnificent pitching duel. A's ace Colin Cameron would give up two more hits, four in all, while striking out 11. He was matched by the Cardinal's Austin Morely who fanned nine and gave up just two hits. Both pitchers went the distance, almost an oddity in the Little Leagues where pitches are counted and only 85 are allowed, a precautionary rule designed to prevent damage to young arms by overuse.
Playoff games leading up to the Cards-A's championship match began Monday when the fifth-place Mets thumped the fourth place Cubs, 17-3.
Tuesday it was the Red Sox over the Tigers, 10-4. Tucker McNeely and Jack Slayton shared mound duties for the Sox. McNeely was 4-for-4 at the plate.
Thursday, The top seeded A's got strong pitching from Mike Mussell and Colin Cameron and beat the plucky Mets, 8-2. The A's jumped off to a 7-0 lead in the first two innings on key hits by Lucas Dutton, Nainoa Cooperrider, and Cameron.
Tony Canha went the distance for the Cardinals, Friday, holding the Red Sox to a single run as his mates were crossing the plate ten times. The Cards played long ball. Jonas Lukowitz drove in three with a first-inning triple and a second-inning double. Austin Morely also tripled, scoring Tony Canha, who had been walked intentionally.
The A's (15-2) and Cardinals (12-5) were the top two seeds in the league and truly earned the right to duke it out for the majors title.