Tanner Beang scattered nine hits and hit a go-ahead two-run double in the fourth inning to lead Oneonta to a 4-3 victory over Maine-Endwell in the championship game of the District Seven Little League Tournament on Monday at Doc Knapp Field.
“There was a nice crowd there and the kids were really happy,” said Oneonta coach Tim McGraw, adding he didn’t know the last time a 12-and-under Oneonta squad won a District Seven title.
Oneonta trailed, 3-1, heading into the bottom of the fourth inning, when it scored three times. Cam Neer’s RBI single pulled Oneonta to 3-2 and Beang followed with a two-run double to give the hosts the lead.
M-E got its first runner on base to start the sixth inning, but Beang retired the next batter on a strikeout and induced come-backes from the next two hitters to end it.
Beang finished with four strikeouts and no walks.
“We played pretty solid defense,” McGraw said of a squad that played error-free baseball. “They left a few runners on base.”
Beang and Teddy McGraw each finished with two hits, including a double. McGraw had an RBI double in the first inning to tie the score at 1.
Maine-Endwell’s Joe Mancini homered in the fourth inning to give his team a 3-1 lead.
McGraw said his team will head to Corning this weekend for sectional competition. Should Oneonta continue winning, its final destination would be Williamsport, Pa., for the Little League World Series.
Oneonta went 5-0 in the tournament. M-E finished 4-1.
Oneonta 4, Maine-Endwell 3
DISTRICT SEVEN LITTLE LEAGUE
12-and-under championship game
at Doc Knapp Field, Oneonta
Maine-Endwell101 100 – 3 9 1
Oneonta100 30x – 4 7 0
Adam Rutkowski (L), Joe Mancini (4) and Matt Raleigh. Tanner Beang (W) and Nick Lutz. 2B: Tanner Beang (O), Teddy McGraw (O), Adam Rutkowski (M), Josh Chandler (M). HR: Joe Mancini (M).
M-E 7, Oneonta 0
Jude Abbadessa threw a perfect game retiring all 18 batters -- striking out nine of them -- in leading Maine-Endwell to victory in the 10-and-under District Seven Little League championship game at Oneonta’s Minor League Field.
“They’re a good club,” Oneonta coach Bob Goble said of M-E, which advanced to sectional play in Oswego this weekend. “They’re well coached and well disciplined. They were ready to play and we just came out a little flat and a little intimidated. Their coach said we’re the best he’s seen. Our kids threw strikes for the most part. We just didn’t have good at-bats, but a lot of that was what (Abbadessa) was doing.”
The closest Oneonta came to a hit came was in the bottom of the sixth, when Kar-ri Lawrence hit a ball to right-center to lead off. M-E right fielder Connor Rush made a diving catch to preserve Abbadessa’s no-hitter.
M-E took a 3-0 in the first inning against Oneonta’s Andrew Shapiro. Davis Wanchisen hit a two-run double in the inning.
Shapiro finished with three strikeouts over three innings. Tanner Russin threw the last three innings for Oneonta. He also had three strikeouts.
Oneonta went 4-1 in the tournament. M-E won all five of its tournament games.
Maine-Endwell 7, Oneonta 0
DISTRICT SEVEN LITTLE LEAGUE
10-and-under championship game
at Minor League Field, Oneonta
Maine-Endwell320 101 – 7 8 0
Oneonta000 000 – 0 0 3
Jude Abbadessa (W) and Davis Wanchisen. Andrew Shapiro (L), Tanner Russin (4) and Jordan Goble. 2B: Davis Wanchisen (M) 2, Peyton Bennett (M).