Pair of one-run decisions sets up city championship
June 3, 2013 at 1:03 a.m.
Victoria Little League City Championship semifinal games
Four teams battle for two spots in Tuesday night's Victoria City Championship.
On one of the fields at the Victoria Youth Sports Complex on Monday night was a low-scoring, defensive game.
On the other? An offensive explosion.
Despite the difference in styles, the two semifinal games of the Victoria Majors City Championship playoff ended in onerun differences.
The Northeast Optimists International punched its ticket to Tuesday night's city championship game with a 4-3 win over the Northwest Rangers.
"This feels great," Northeast Optimists International coach Lesley Gonzales said. "These guys played hard for me all year. We've come a long way."
The Rangers trailed 4-0 headed into the fifth inning, made things interesting with three runs scored. But Optimists International held on for the victory.
"I'm at a loss for words. They worked hard," Gonzales said. "We didn't give up."
Across the complex, on Roy High Field, the Southeast AAA Concrete defeated the Southwest Nationals 7-6, in game that saw the first five innings end with a different leader each time.
"This will be our first time to play for a city championship and it's pretty awesome," Southeast AA Concrete manager Alex Gutierrez said, "to be able to beat a team that good is awesome."
AAA Concrete jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but the Nationals tied the game with three runs of their own in the bottom of the first.
From then on, both teams traded single-run innings until the fifth when AAA Concrete plated two runs to take the 7-6 lead and eventual victory.
"These boys don't have any quit," Gutierrez said. "Just look at the scoreboard. They never gave up tonight."
Tuesday night's Majors City Championship will is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. at Colortyme Field at the Victoria Youth Sports Complex.