McKinleyville Little League’s 9 to 10-year-old All-Star Baseball Team captured the District 26 champsionship title. It has been a few years since one of our boys little league teams have won the local District 26 title, but this year’s team did it, winning
the four games that the team played in.
In the opening game they faced Klamath Trinity, easily winning 27-2. Every player on the team collected hits in the game.
Hunter Davis (4), Cameron Saso (4), and Austin McConnell (3) led the way for Mack Town.
In their next game they played the host team, Southern Humboldt, and actually trailed 3-2 after one inning. But that wouldn’t last long as in the top of the second Mack Town scored 10 times, the big blow coming off the bat of Saso as he drilled a grand slam homer in the inning, his only hit in the game but was it a blast. Saso would be the only player in the tourney to hit a home run. The final score was 25-4.
After that things got tougher, as they faced a very good Redwood Empire squad in the semi-final game. The winner of this game would advance to the championship game.
Again the Mack team got off to a great start, scoring six times in the top of the first inning.
Hunter led off with a single to left. Corbin Eichin singled to right. Saso drilled a double to left center driving in two runs. Mason Railsback doubled inside 3rd base, and he scored on catcher Kyler Bates’ single up the middle of the diamond.
Redwood would not go away easy as scored twice in the bottom of the 3rd inning. In the 4th they held Mack, then took over the lead in the game, scoring 6 times in the inning.
The big blow came off the bat of Anderson Faulk, as he drilled a double to right field with the bases loaded and scored on a fielder’s 2 base error on the play.
Mack town quickly got the lead back in the top of the 5th scoring 3 times. After one man was out, Eichin singled to left, moved to 3rd on Saso double,. Railsback plated both runners with a single to right center. In the 6th they added 2 insurance runs, scoring 2 more runs to take a commanding 12-8 lead, with Saso getting Redwood’s first 2 batters out, before being relieved by 9-year-old Austin McConnell, who came in to register 1 pitch final out.
In the championship game Redwood chose visitor, winning the coin flip and also the shaded dugout, on a very muggy hot day at Redway’s Wood Little League field.
It paid off as they quickly scored two runs to take an early lead. Mack would cut it in half in the bottom of the inning, as Hunter Davis drawing a lead-off walk, moved to 2nd on a fielder’s choice and scored on a single to left from Cameron Saso.
Redwood scored another run in the 2nd inning, as did Mack All-Stars.
Kyler Carr singled to lead things off after 2 outs, he scored on a wild pitch. With the score even at 4, Mack scored 4 runs in the bottom of the 4th and added 3 more in the bottom of the 5th, to take a commanding lead into the final inning.
With Mason Railsback on the hill and in command, Redwood put on a final run scoring 5 times in the top of the inning. Then Hunter Davis came into get the final 2 outs, with bases loaded as he got the last out on a little dribbler down first base line and Hunter quickly picked it up tagging the batter/runner for the final out as he and his teammates jumped for joy. Mack wins 11-9 final score!
Mack coaching staff recognized their team’s efforts on winning the title of a very well run event by the So. Humboldt folks and certainly the win over a very well coached Redwood Empire team as quite an accomplishment. Nice job boys!
Next the team will travel to Chico. Games will begin on Saturday July 13. The first game will be Mack Town vs. a District 48 representative ( Susanville area team) at 1 p.m. Also in the tourney are district 1 (Redding area) District 2 ( Yuba City-Marysville) and District 47 host Chico area team.
If anyone can help out towards funding for travel or lodging of the team, donations will be much appreciated, as traveling teams often are not prepared for this is the season plans. We are happy and proud of the boys and coaching staff as a league and know they will go onto represent our area well
So long for now…