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Manhattan Beach Little League/Girls Softball Week in Review: Huskies Win Puts Them at the Top of MBLL Majors Division

Jun 05, 2015 08:21AM ● Published by DigMB Staff

DigMB is pleased to bring you coverage of the Majors division championship game, played Tuesday, June 2 at Marine East at Marine Avenue Park. Congratulations to all the youngsters who played in the league this year--You are all winners!

Majors Division

Huskies vs. Rams for the championship

Cole Brunner, the starting pitcher for the Huskies, pitched a terrific game, striking out eight batters and allowing one earned run in four and a third innings in the Majors championship game on Tuesday, June 2 at Marine East field.  

The championship game opened with the Rams grabbing the early lead, 1-0 in the top of the 1st inning on a passed ball.  

The Huskies quickly came back, scoring three runs in the bottom half of the 1st inning with walks to Landon Penney, Cole Brunner, a single by David Chase, a walk to Jack Kwon, a walk to Blake Hampton, and a walk to Cameron Thrower.  

In the 2nd inning, the Rams went 1-2-3, as did the Huskies.  

In the 3rd inning with two outs, the Rams were able to scratch three runs off of two hits and two errors to take the lead 4-3.   

Cole Brunner for the Huskies lead off the bottom of the 3rd inning with an HR to even the score at 4-4.  

In the top of the 4th inning, Cole Brunner shut the Rams down 1-2-3 and Cooper Fritsch made a nice defensive play at 3rd base.  

In the top of 5th inning, with one out and a runner on base, the Huskies brought in David Chase to pitch. David pitched two innings and had two strikeouts and no walks, allowing two earned runs.  

After the top half of the 5th inning, the Huskies trailed the Rams 7-4.  

The bottom half of the  5th inning went 1-2-3 for the Huskies.  

In the 6th inning, David Chase shut down the Rams 1-2-3.  

In the bottom of the 6th inning with the top of the order up for the Huskies, Landon Penney reached base on an error, Cole Brunner reached base on a fielders choice, Christian Penczar reached base on a fielders choice and David Chase reached base on a fielders choice. Then Jack Kwon walked to load the bases and with two outs and the game on the line, Duncan Plexico hit a hard ground ball through the left side of the infield that went to the fence, plating three runs to tie the game at 7-7.  

With Duncan representing the winning run at third base, Blake Hampton drew a walk. 

The 6th inning ended on a dropped three strike out swinging, the out was made a first base, and the game was knotted at 7-7 after 6 innings.  

To start the 7th inning, David Chase pitched to the first batter and struck him out.  

Landon Penney was brought in as a relief pitcher and struck out the next Rams batter for the second out of the inning.  

A single and then a ground ball out to first base ended any threat in the top half of the 7th inning for the Huskies.  

In the bottom of the 7th inning, Ben Franz led off with a walk. Griffin Moore bunted moving Ben Franz to second.  

Landon Penney, at the plate with no outs and two runners on base, delivered the game winning hit, scoring Ben Franz and ending the game 8-7!   

Landon Penney pitched two-thirds of an inning, allowing no runs. He is recorded as the winning pitcher for the Huskies.  

The Majors championship game was a back and forth battle between the Rams and Huskies that had nine lead changes.   

The Huskies will move on to represent Manhattan Beach Little League in the District 36 Majors Tournament of Champions (TOC) on Saturday, June at 1:30 p.m. against the Majors champion from Silver Spur Little League at Ernie Howlett Park in Rolling Hills Estates. 

The Huskies are managed by Jeff Brunner and the coaches are Paul Penney and Bob Saunders. 

GO HUSKIES! 

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