The McKinleyville Little League All-Stars will play for two state titles this weekend.
On Wednesday night, the Mack 10-year-olds comfortably took care of business in their section championship game, defeating Chico Westside 18-1 to advance to the Northern California state tournament.
On Tuesday night, the Mack 12s also won their section championship to advance to the state tournament.
Wednesday’s win was the fourth straight in an elimination game for the Mack 10s and their second straight over Chico.
It took their bats a little while to get going, but they broke the deadlock with six runs in the third inning and exploded for 12 more in the fourth to end the game early.
“We pulled it together and hit the way we’re capable of hitting,” McKinleyville manager Carlos Avelar said.
Breyden Brock got the start on the mound and held the Chico bats in check with 2.1 strong innings.
He allowed just two hits and two walks and struck out five.
Hudson Kapko took over in the third and was equally effective the rest of the way, allowing one hit and three walks and striking out three.
Kapko also had a big day at the plate and finished 3-for-4 with three runs, while Liam Currell remained hot and finished 3-for-4.
Brock also had an impact at the plate and finished 2-for-3 with a deep fly ball, while Jared Brunner was 2-for-4 and also had a big game at catcher.
“Jared did a great job behind the plate again,” Avelar said of the all-star catcher, who calls the pitches.
Colton Hawkes also remained hot at the plate and was 2-for-4.
Tanner Baxter got the 12-run fourth started with a well-hit bunt single and would score twice in the inning, also reaching base on a hit-by-pitch.
The Mack players will have a quick turnaround and will travel to Turlock this weekend to begin the state tournament on Saturday morning at 10 a.m.
Kapko or Brock will likely get the start on the mound for game one, with the reliable arm of Teoh Arredondo ready to go in game two.
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