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).