By Ray Hamill — An exciting three days of Little League action concluded at the Redwood Fields in Cutten on Monday evening, as Arcata defeated Redwood Empire No. 1 by a score of 13-7 in the championship game.
The Arcata Barnes team had to rally from an early 5-1 deficit for the victory, but scored four runs in the top of the third and added six more in the sixth to seal the victory.
Several players stepped up for Arcata in the win, with contributions from throughout the lineup and on the mound.
None more so than Tanner Kees, who hit three home runs in his first three at-bats, and added a triple in the sixth inning before making it all the way home on the same play thanks to a defensive error.
Pitcher Gavin Anderson also was instrumental in the win, pitching into the sixth inning, while making a spectacular catch on a comebacker for the final out in the fourth, just minutes after being hit hard by a combacker and staying in the game.
Rylan Kees, Jack Bertell, Eli Greenway, Nolan Neff, Justin Noga and Canyon Martin each also had big hits in the win.
Trailing early, the RELL Athletics rallied to score five runs in the bottom of the second to take a 5-1 lead.
Emmett Davison, Tyson Marshall, Braden Bermers, and Mason Noel all had big hits in the rally.
The Arcata boys answered immediately, scoring four in the third to tie the game at 5-5, before taking the lead an inning later on Tanner Kees’ third home run of the day and his fourth of the tournament.
Bermers pitched well for the A’s deep into the game, with Wyatt Zeller taking over in the fifth.
Luke Powell pitched the final two outs for Arcata in the bottom of the sixth.
Nathan Alto and Fisher Bjorlsstadt each also played well for Arcata, while Evan Eagle, Max Collins, Matt Pleasant, Cade Pinochi, Ryu Khounsinavong and Townsend Theobald each also played well for the A’s.
Two of the three local District All-Star tournaments will begin play later in the month, with the third beginning early in July.