After falling behind early in their Minor A division tournament game against the Bulls, the Hot Rods kicked it into gear to score eight unanswered runs to come away with an 8-3 victory.
The win set up a showdown with the Iron Pigs for the Ocean View Little League Minor A title.
The Bulls struck for three runs in the top of the first inning on hits by Riley Reece, Adam Baggetta, Shane Featherston and Tommy Kelly. Baggetta and Featherston scored along with Micah Kennedy who walked in the inning.
The Hot Rods rallied for five runs in the third inning. The inning featured a bases-clearing double by Ramon Lopez. In the inning, Van Harmon singled and Wyatt Smith, AJ Hurtado and Quentin Custodio each drew a walk.
After the Bulls' three-run first inning, Gavin Kells and Custodio held the Bulls scoreless the rest of the way. Kells struck out seven, and Custodio gave up no runs on only two hits in his three-inning stint.
The Hot Rods knocked out 10 hits in the game. Besides Harmon's and Lopez's hits, Hurtado and Carson Jones both had two hits and Kells, Custodio, Carson Webb and Aiden Hall each had a hit.
Reece and Samuel Cohn led the Bulls with two hits each. Baggetta, Featherston, Kelly and Jackson Harris each had a hit.
In a previous tournament game:
Hot Rods 4, Muckdogs 0
AJ Hurtado was overpowering again on the mound as the Hot Rods blanked the Muckdogs May 23, to keep the Hot Rods' Minor A tournament hopes alive and while eliminating the Muckdogs.
Hurtado struck out 14 and held the Muckdogs scoreless in 5 2/3 innings. The Muckdogs were only able to scratch out three hits against Hurtado. In the first game of the tournament, Hurtado also turned in a dominant performance in the Hot Rods win over the Bats.
The Muckdogs' Jaxon Potter also pitched effectively, holding the Hot Rods in check most of the game. He surrendered only four hits in four and two-thirds innings and kept the game close until the Hot Rods rallied for two runs in the fifth inning to separate themselves from the Muckdogs.
Gavin Kells led the Hot Rods with two hits. Quentin Custodio, Carson Jones and Jack Pirooz each added one hit. Hurtado scored twice, and Jones and Aiden Hall both scored once for the Hot Rods.
Zak Vuncanon, Chad Lux and Thomas Woodbury each singled for the Muckdogs only hits.
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