District Little League all-star tournaments heating up

Photos by Ray Hamill/ – McKinleyville’s Cabella Carper delivers a pitch during Monday’s game against Arcata.

The McKinleyville all-stars reached a couple of championship games with big wins at their respective district tournaments on Monday night.

In Arcata, the Mack 8-9-10s got the better of the host team by a score of 19-2 to improve to 2-0 at the tournament and advance to Wednesday night’s championship game.

They will play either Redwood Empire or Arcata, who face off on Tuesday night in an elimination game.

Redwood Empire staved off elimination for the second straight day on Monday, defeating Klamath Trinity 11-1 to keep their hopes alive.

The Mack all-stars, who have scored 30 runs in two games at the tournament, were led by Teoh Arredondo, Blake Carper and Jared Brunner, each of whom had two hits in the win.

The team pulled away with nine runs in the fifth inning.

Four McKinleyville pitchers — Everett Gruetzmacher, Cabella Carper, Arredondo and Blake Carper — all threw well in the victory.

At Hiller Park in McKinleyville, meanwhile, the host team defeated Eel River 18-10 at the 11s tournament.

The Mack all-stars (1-1) remained alive at the tourney and will now play unbeaten RELL (2-0) in a championship showdown on Tuesday night.

If the Redwood Empire all-stars win, they will be crowned champs, but if McKinleyville wins, the two teams will play a second time on Wednesday.

Francisco Mendez provided the highlight of the game in Monday’s win, hitting a grand slam for his first home run.

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