WACO, Texas - Two days earlier, McAllister Park American Little League suffered a loss to New Mexico State Champion Eastdale Little League. On Wednesday, a re-match of the two teams proved to be no contest, with the Texas West representative rolling to a 13-3 victory and the Little League Baseball® Southwest Region Championship.
The game was a back-and-forth affair heading into the third inning, with five lead changes. In the fourth inning, McAllister Park American Little League's bats came alive, scoring six runs. The offensive outburst was aided by a two-run error; and keyed by an RBI double off the bat of Britton Moore, Rilan Quinones' run-scoring base hit, and RBI singles by Matthew Flores-King, and Brody Ticer.
McAllister Park American Little League will represent the Southwest Region in the 2016 Little League Baseball World Series. The team's first World Series opponent will be the Great Lakes Region Champion, which will be decided on Saturday, Aug. 14. The Southwest-Great Lakes game is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19, at Howard J. Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport, Pa.
Quinones was 4 for 4 at the plate to pace McAllister Park American Little League.
Dominic Tellis got the mound win, allowing three runs over five innings. He struck out six, walked none and surrendered four hits.
Alex Gaeto was the losing pitcher, giving up seven runs in two innings, walked none, and struck out two. Eastdale Little League was attempting to become the first team from New Mexico to qualify for the Little League Baseball World Series since Roswell's Lions Hondo Little League won the 1956 World Championship.
In the top of the first, McAllister Park American Little League grabbed the early lead, 2-0. The team from Texas East rallied when Tellis singled. A groundout by Moore moved Tellis into scoring position. Quinones doubled, bringing home Tellis. McAllister Park American Little League pushed more runs across when Medina scored on a groundout by Flores-King.
It didn't take long for Eastdale Little League to respond, scoring three runs of its own in the first. Eastdale Little League scored on an RBI double by Ethan Krebs, a fielder's choice, and an error.
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