For the first time in the 68-year history of the Little League Baseball World Series, a team from Nevada will compete at Lamade Stadium. Mountain Ridge from Las Vegas, Nev., jumped out to an early lead on Pacifica (Calif.) American LL and captured an 11-2 victory on Saturday at Houghton Stadium in San Bernardino, Calif.
Nevada has never played at the Little League Baseball World Series. They become the 42nd state to send a champion to the World Series, the only states to never play the tournament are Alaska, Colorado, Kansas, North Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and the District of Columbia. Mountain Ridge's win over Pacifica American ends a three-year run of a team from California advancing to South Williamsport.
With 10 runs in the first three innings, Mountain Ridge's early lead was too much for the team from the San Francisco-area to overcome.
A bases loaded walk by Dillon Jones, a walk by Drew LaSpaluto, an RBI single by Josh Zuehlsdorff, a groundout by Dallan Cave, a wild pitch, an RBI single by Zachary Hare, and a three-run home run by Austin Kryszczuk during the first inning and an RBI single by Alex Barker in the second inning supplied the early offense for Nevada.
Mountain Ridge got its bats going early, scoring nine runs in the first inning to pull ahead of the Northern California champions.
Bradley Stone put himself in scoring position with two extra-base hits for Nevada. He singled in the first inning, doubled in the second inning, and homered in the sixth inning.
Brennan Holligan pitched lights out for Mountain Ridge. Holligan gave up just two hits, allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out four during his 3 1/3 innings of work.
Nevada was sparked by Kryszczuk and Stone, who teamed up for four hits and four RBIs.
Cruise Thompson took the loss for Pacifica American. He allowed six runs in one-third of an inning, walked three and struck out one.
The West Region Champions will face the Midwest Region Champions on Thursday, Aug. 14, at 7 p.m. at Lamade Stadium, airing on ESPN. Canyon Lake LL from Rapid City, S.D., won the Midwest Championship Game on Friday, Aug. 8, in Indianapolis, Ind. All games at the Little League Baseball World Series will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks, the Watch ESPN app or ABC.
The 68th Little League Baseball World Series begins on Thursday, Aug. 14 in South Williamsport, Pa., with the Championship Game scheduled for 3 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 24, airing on ABC. The World Series will culminate the year-long celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Little League. For more information on the Series and to follow the action live, visit llbws.org. To learn more about Little League’s 75th Anniversary, visit LittleLeagueBigLegacy.com.
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