Ladera Eliminates Beverly Hills In Hard-Fought District Win
The 11-12-year-old Beverly Hills All-Stars came close to pulling off a come-from-behind, extra inning victory against Ladera, but in the end were eliminated from the District 25 All-Star tournament.
Ladera advanced to the championship game against Culver City after defeating Beverly Hills 5-3 in seven innings.
Beverly Hills was led by pitcher Quinn Brodey, who shut out the Ladera team for 5 1/3 innings. Brodey had to be replaced on the mound after reaching the maximum allowed number of pitches for the game after having struck out 13 batters and completely shutting down the potent Ladera offense.
Beverly Hills scored a run in the bottom of the first inning on a walk to second baseman Jojo Fallas followed by a single by Brodey moving Fallas over to third. Catcher Andreas Breliant hit a sacrifice fly to left scoring Fallas to put B.H. in front, 1-0.
After Brodey struck out the side in the second inning, the Beverly Hills All-Stars got another run on back-to-back walks to center fielder Jason Schoen and first baseman Pierson Ro, and a ground out to second by third baseman Zach Gaon to score pinch runner Josh Nierob making the score 2-0.
The score remained 2-0 until the top of the sixth inning when Ro replaced Brodey on the mound with a runner on first and one out.
Christopher Robinson hit a ball high off the fence in left center for a double, followed by a line drive to center by Robert Landry that just eluded the glove of a diving Schoen, and rolled all the way to the fence for a game- tying triple.
Landry scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch making the score 3-2 before Ro struck out the next two batters to end the inning.
Going into the bottom of the sixth inning, the locals were not ready to roll over just yet. Right fielder Jack Wagner walked with one out. Pinch runner Nierob advanced to second on a wild pitch.
With two outs, Ro hit a ground ball back to the pitcher, who had trouble fielding the ball cleanly for an error, allowing Nierob to go to third and Ro to reach safely at first.
Ro and Nierob pulled the perfect double steal allowing Nierob to score the tying run and send the game into extra innings.
A two-run homer in the top of the seventh inning, by pitcher Harrison McElvoy, put Ladera ahead 5-3. Once again, Beverly Hills tried to rally. After the first two batters were retired, Brodey beat out a roller to short, his third hit of the game, followed by a line drive double by Breliant.
First baseman Reid Womack missed a game-winning homer by inches as he hit a towering fly ball to right only to be caught right in front of the fence to end the exciting game and bring a close to the All-Star season for the 11-12 year olds.