Trailing by a run with two outs left in their season, the Cardinals, highlighted by a two-RBI double from Kyle Christy, rallied for six runs in the sixth inning and went on to post a 7-2 victory Sunday over the Pirates in an elimination bracket game of the Ocean View Little League Majors Division tournament.
Pirates left-handed pitcher Shane Hoodman and Cardinals' right-hander Joey Legg were locked in a pitching duel into the fifth inning. The Cardinals forged ahead, 1-0, on an Angel Zamora infield single in the second inning, and the Pirates fought back to take a 2-1 lead in the fifth on a Nick Madole RBI double and Zach Pratte's go-ahead RBI single.
After Hoodman retired the first batter in the sixth, the Cardinals' Nick Shenkman and Jimmy Campbell reached base and the Pirates changed pitchers due to the left-hander's rising pitching count. Shenkman scored on a wild pitch to tie the score, and Christy doubled down the right-field line to put the Cardinals ahead for good.
Sean Yackley drilled an RBI single and Zamora added an insurance run with an RBI groundout.
Christy, Yackley, Shenkman and David Drigla each had two hits for the No. 4-seeded Cardinals (10-8). Paul Wagner pitched the final two innings in relief of Legg to get the victory. Legg allowed two runs on two hits in four-plus innings.
Hoodman finished with six strikeouts in 5.1 innings.
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In other Majors Division tournament action Saturday:
Yankees 6, Cardinals 2: The Yankees rode a four-run third inning to break a 2-2 tie in a first-round game. Sinjin Choi, Mauro Ballinas and Luca Pantel combined for nine strikeouts as the fifth-seeded Yankees held the Cards scoreless after the first inning.
The Cardinals grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first inning with Jimmy Campbell driving in the second run on a rare bunt double. Ballinas and Naeco Logan pulled the Yankees even with RBI hits in the bottom of the first.
Ballinas (two for three, two runs), Pantel and William Brooks provided key singles during the Yankees' third-inning outburst.
Jack Miller chipped in with a double, a walk and a run for the Yankees.
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