ONEONTA — Reinhardt hitters were about as perfect as their 18-0 record would suggest during a 13-run first inning that carried them to the Oneonta Little League championship Monday at Doc Knapp Field.
Seventeen boys came to the plate in an inning that featured nine hits, including three doubles, all but ending Northern Eagle's chances.
The 16-4 mercy-rule victory that ended in the fourth inning culminated a season in which Reinhardt followed a 15-0 regular season with an unbeaten run in the six-team, double-elimination playoffs.
''Quite an accomplishment,'' Reinhardt coach Todd Loucks said. ''It was a well-rounded group.''
After Northern Eagle scored twice in the top of the first inning, which included an opposite-field home run to right by Teddy McGraw, Reinhardt's lineup showed its power and depth, with hard-hit shots to various parts of the diamond.
Leadoff hitter Tyler Bruce reached on error and scored on winning pitcher Jordan Wamsley's double.
Later in the inning, Bradley Morell's three-run double gave Reinhardt a 5-2 lead. Aiden Breakey followed with an RBI double.
When Wamsley hit a two-run double, the lead stretched to 9-2.
Four Reinhardt players finished with multiple hits. Andrew Shapiro and Wamsley each went 3-for-3, Bruce finished 3-for-4, and Tanner Russin contributed two hits. Wamsley and Bruce each scored three runs for Reinhardt, which received two apiece from Shapiro and Russin.
McGraw also tripled and scored twice for Northern Eagle, which got a pair of doubles and two runs from Liam Moore.
''Our kids played awfully well,'' said Northern Eagle coach Tim McGraw, whose team finished with a 13-6 record. ''I'm proud of them. We had a good year.''