AAA Oregon Ducks win the Mini-World SeriesUpdated Thursday May 5, 2016 by Trabuco Canyon Little League.
The Oregon Ducks became the 2016 TCLL AAA Champions by defeating the SDSU Aztecs 3-2 in Game #3 of the Mini-World Series on Wednesday. The Ducks will be representing TCLL as the #1 team from the league in the District 68 Minor League Tournament of Champions later this month.
Here is a recap of the 3 game series.
Oregon Ducks falls 8-4 to San Diego State in Game #1
Justin Quick went 2-2, but Oregon Ducks still fell to San Diego State 8-4 in six innings on Monday. Ryan Bock, Campbell Schamel, Connor Yates and Alex Zeppos helped lead San Diego State. They combined for five hits and six RBIs.
The game was never in doubt after the first, as San Diego State scored one run on an RBI double by Ryan. San Diego State tacked on another five runs in the second. Alex's single got things going, scoring Jake Frey, Dean Hayashi and Mason Londre. That was followed up by Campbell's triple, plating Alex and Colman Ramos.
Two runs in the top of the third helped Oregon Ducks close its deficit to 6-2. A fielder's choice and an RBI single by Charlie Lapp set off Oregon Ducks rally. But, Campbell got Ethan Sedgwick to ground out to end the inning.
After pushing across one run in the top of the fourth, Oregon Ducks faced just a 6-3 deficit. An RBI single by Justin Quick sparked Oregon Ducks' rally. Finally, Mason Londre induced an inning-ending ground out from Kellye Riordan.
After pushing across one run in the top of the fifth, Oregon Ducks faced just a 6-4 deficit. An RBI single by Nolan Rank triggered Oregon Ducks' comeback. San Diego State stopped the rally after Taggart Donohue got Nolan to groundout.
It didn't take long for San Diego State to answer as it scored two runs of its own in the fifth. San Diego State scored on a steal of home by Connor Yates and an RBI single by Jake DeMond.
Oregon Ducks outlast San Diego State in high-scoring affair, 10-8 in Game #2
Scoreboard operators were busy on Tuesday as Oregon Ducks and San Diego State combined for 18 runs. Oregon Ducks eventually won the offensive battle 10-8 in six innings. The teams combined for 13 hits, including three extra base hits. Oregon Ducks would not relinquish the lead as San Diego State was unable to weather a five-run second inning deficit.
San Diego State scored on an error and a three-run triple by Jake DeMond in the third inning and a two-run single by Connor Yates in the fifth inning. Despite its efforts, San Diego State couldn't get over the hump.
Kellye Riordan got on base three times in the game for Oregon Ducks. He scored two runs and had one RBI. He singled in the first inning.
The game's last lead went to Oregon Ducks thanks to a first inning rally that saw three runs cross the plate on an RBI single by Max McDermott.
Two San Diego State runs crossed the plate in the top half of the second, making the score 3-2. A steal of home by Ryan Bock and a groundout by Mason Londre sparked San Diego State's rally. Finally, Daniel Evans got Alex Zeppos to fly out to end the threat. It didn't take long for Oregon Ducks to answer as it scored four runs of its own in the second. Oregon Ducks scored on a hit by pitch, a walk by Kellye, a walk by Max, and a groundout by Charlie Lapp.
Oregon Ducks added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth. A bases loaded walk scored Kellye to get Oregon Ducks on the board in the inning. That was followed up by Ethan Sedgwick's single, bringing home Max.
Oregon Ducks tacked on one more run in the bottom of the fifth when Salvatore Faso stole home.
Oregon Ducks makes the most of 3 hits in 3-2 victory over San Diego State in Final Game of World Series
Oregon Ducks and San Diego State each put runners in scoring position on Wednesday, but Oregon Ducks capitalized on more RBI opportunities, pulling out a 3-2 win.
San Diego State had four hits compared with Oregon Ducks' three, but San Diego State stranded nine runners on base.
The fact that Oregon Ducks grouped all of its runs into the fourth inning helped it take advantage of its hits.
San Diego State jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the third. A double by Connor Yates, scoring Jake Frey started the inning off. The scoreboard lit up again for San Diego State when Yates scored on an RBI single by Jake DeMond. The game was never in doubt after the fourth, as Oregon Ducks scored two runs on an RBI double by Charlie Lapp. Then a long fly ball by Ethan Sedgwick helped score the winning run. Max McDermott pitched an outstanding game giving up only two runs in 4.5 innings pitched for Oregon.
Finally Justin Quick was brought in to pitch for the final outs facing the powerhouse Aztecs. With big catches from Nolan Rank and Ethan Sedgwick. Justin Quick was able to strike out the last batter for the final out of the game.