Team erupts for five runs in sixth to defeat Arvin
There was a sense of symmetry at Little League Field No.1 Wednesday evening when the Taft Padres completed their perfect run through the Tournament of Champions Majors Division pool play by defeating the Arvin Diamondbacks 8-2 under an unblemished night of baseball.
“They’ve all been here before, and it shows on the field,” said Taft coach Jerry Parsons.
With the victory, the Padres headed into bracket play with an overall record of 4-0. Combined with the regular season games and the Padres are 19-2-1.
Taft’s offense got off to a quick start after Chris Kast walked to kick off the top of the first inning.
Following a passed ball, Kast scored on Cody Johnson’s single. The Padres had a chance to add onto the lead with runners on second and third, but Arvin turned a double play to get out of trouble.
The Padres doubled their lead in the top of the third inning thanks to a hit batter, a fielder’s choice and an error.
However, the Diamond-backs erased the advantage in the last half of the fourth.
Salvador Moreno started the rally with a one-out walk before taking second on a passed ball and scoring on a two-base throwing error.
Joey Salinas tied the game with a home run to left field.
That was the last opportunity Arvin’s offense had in the game.
Will Moore took over the pitching duties for Taft in the fourth inning and struck out every batter he faced over the final three innings.
“We knew what to expect out of Will,” said Parsons.
Taft capitalized on the pitching performance in the top half of the fifth inning with a one-out walk to Franky Camacho, who headed to second on a wild pitch and to third base on a fielder’s choice before scoring on a wild pitch.
The Padres had a golden opportunity to add to their lead with another walk and a single to put runners at first and third, but Taft could not get a second run across.
The Padres put the game away in the top of the sixth inning by sending 10 batters to the plate while scoring five runs.
Noah Parsons and and Camacho highlighted the Padre rally with a two run single and a two run double while Cain Roberts had a run scoring single.
Taft plays again Thursday evening. If they win, the Padres will play again Friday and possibly Saturday in the championship game.