In most cases, the members of the Foothill Two Guys Minor Softball team put up a lot hits.
When they don't, they can be just as dangerous by being patient during each plate appearance.
Top-seeded Two Guys collected just two hits, including a three-run home run from Samantha Fabian, to pick up an 11-1 victory against the sixth-seeded Crescenta Valley Mariners on June 11 in the championship contest of the Tri-Cities District 16 Little League Knockout Tournament at Scholl Canyon Ball Fields.
The contest was called in the bottom of the fifth inning because of the 10-run mercy rule. Two Guys scored 21 runs in their last two tournament games.
â€œWe only got two hits, but we've been able to manufacture runs all season long,â€ said Two Guys Coach Todd Fabian, whose team advanced to the championship game June 9 with a 10-2 win against the Jewel City/Jewish War Veterans Angels. â€œAlso, sometimes the ball bounces the right way for us.
â€œAfter five months of hard work, it feels good to win it all. We've been working on it since February.â€
Two Guys scored five runs in the bottom of the first to overcome a 1-0 deficit, and then scored four in the second to take a 9-1 lead.
Samantha Fabian hit a three-run home run to center in the second to give Two Guys the 9-1 advantage.
â€œWe did our best to win the championship,â€ said the younger Fabian, who scored a pair of runs. â€œWe had to work hard to win it, and we have a good team.
â€œI was excited to hit a home run because that's what I wanted to do. It's my fifth home run of the season.â€
The Mariners, who moved on to the championship game with an 8-4 victory against the Vaquero City Employees on June 8, took a quick 1-0 lead in the first when Maddy Ellison led off with a double and scored on two throwing errors. Ellison finished with two of the Mariners' three hits.
Four of Two Guys' five runs in the first came on wild pitches.
â€œYou've got to give them credit because they had some walks and they were aggressive on the bases,â€ said Mariners Coach Cary McReynolds, who got a first-inning single from Aprylle Salvador. â€œThey deserved it.
â€œWe were good enough to get here. I thought we had a shot, but they just played an excellent game.â€
Two Guys starting pitcher Jordan Lousararian picked up the victory. She struck out eight in three innings.