By Ray Hamill — The McKinleyville All-Stars posted their third shutout in four games on Friday evening, as they opened the 12-year-olds Section 2 Little League tournament with a 6-0 win over Sutter-Butte at Hiller Park.
Joe Tanno and Hunter Carper combined on the mound for the win, while Rhythm Green continued to have a big impact at the plate.
The Mack players picked up just where they left off last week at the District tournament, scoring twice in the opening inning and never trailing.
Green singled on the first pitch he saw to lead off the bottom of the first and would go on to score in the inning along with Bode Reininger, who reached base on an error.
McKinleyville would add another run in the third, when Tanno scored shortly after being walked, and then rounded out the scoring with two more runs in the fifth, a second from Tanno and one by Carper.
And that was all the offense the pitchers and their defense would need.
“Joe was outstanding again going up against a very good team,” head coach Carlos Avelar said. “I was pleased with all the players. The substitutes came in and gave us some good at-bats, and I think our defense was able to make some plays.”
Tanno gave up just two hits and struck out nine in five innings, while Carper took over in the sixth and got three quick outs to seal the victory.
At the plate, the McKinleyville players managed just three hits, but had several good at-bats and took full advantage of six walks.
Bowdy Hicks also drove in a run when he was hit by a pitch with two outs and the bases loaded in the fifth.
The consistent Green finished with two hits, while Carper added a big double that would lead to his run in the fifth
Jake Brunner also drove in a run on an RBI fielder’s choice.
The Sutter-Butte All-Stars used three different pitchers and kept the normally potent Mack offense in check for much of the game.
“I thought we faced some really good pitching,” Avelar said. “I was surprised how tough they were.”
The difference ultimately was the McKinleyville pitching and the disciplined at-bats.
McKinleyville will have a day off on Saturday, before resuming play in the winners’ bracket on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
The Redwood Empire 11-year-old All-Stars are also in action at their Section tournament this week in Yuba City winning their opening game 5-0 on Thursday night.
They are playing again on Friday night.
Mack 10s win in Yuba City
The McKinleyville 10-year-old All-Stars won their opening game at the Section tournament in Yuba City on Thursday night, defeating West Shore 7-2.
Carson Hicks, Blake Carper and Cyrus Eichin each had two hits to lead the way at the plate, while three pitchers combined to keep the West Shore offense in check.
Hicks pitched two innings, giving up one hit and striking out three, before Teoh Arredondo took over for 3.1 innings, allowing just one hit and striking out five.
Carper got the final two outs to close out the win, and also drove in three of his team’s runs.
Jared Brunner also had a double and a walk, while Hudson Kapko finished 1-for-2 with an RBI and Breydon Brock 1-for-2.
Arredondo, Cabella Carper and Everett Gruetzmacher each added a walk for the Mack All-Stars, who will be back in action on Saturday evening at 6 p.m.