A little relaxation is good for everyone, and Ethan Ramos of the Davis Little League Majors-division A’s is no exception.
After the falling to the Yankees by 10 runs in a Monday playoff game, the A’s bounced back Thursday to capture the American League championship with an 11-0 victory at the DLL Complex.
Winning coach Pete Ramos said the key for his team was playing loose:
“Both of these teams are really, really strong. We tried to tell (our guys just to relax) … don’t think about it as a championship. (On Monday), we noticed the kids were really getting down on themselves after they made a mistake. So we just said, no more of that. Just take it as another game and have fun.”
And nobody had more fun than Pete’s son Ethan. The A’s starting pitcher did not allow a hit until the fourth inning, and gave up just two in his 5 2/3 innings while striking out nine.
“I just focused on throwing strikes and staying ahead of the batters,” Ethan Ramos said.
But wait, there’s more …
The younger Ramos went 3-for-4 including home runs in the fourth and sixth innings to knock in five runs. The first jack, a line drive over the left-center field fence, came as part of a six-run rally that turned a close game into a 9-0 affair.
Josh Catacutan also had three hits for the A’s, including a double, and knocked in a a pair of runs. He also walked and scored in the top of the first — coming home on Jordan Painter’s single — as the A’s took an early 2-0 lead.
After Joby Antony’s RBI single in the top of the third made it 3-0, the A’s really got going in the fourth frame.
Owen Lingbloom started the spurt when he beat out an infield single and, one out later, Carson Bain singled and Ty Soderquist also reached to load the bases. Brennan Peiffer worked a walk to force a run home and left the bases full for the A’s one-two punch of Catacutan and Ramos. A two-run double followed by a three-run homer gave the A’s control of the contest.
It was the third game of the playoffs between the two teams, as the A’s won a 4-1 matchup early on that sent the Yankees into the loser’s bracket. When they found themselves matched up again Monday, the Yanks showed why they were one of the top teams in the Majors division in 2014, exploding for 16 runs to force Thursday’s rubber match.
“Everybody has contributed on this team all season long; everybody played hard,” said Yankees skipper Bob Emmons. “I’m so proud of how we played. We had a great run through the playoffs … and I’m so thankful to have coached these guys all year.”
Notes: Adam Dapkewicz and Josh Yoon had hits for the Yankees, while lefty Krishan Parbhu (three strikeouts), Malcolm Burns (two K’s) and Elliot Greve (one punchout) combined on the mound. … The A’s will take on the Reds, who have been resting since beating the Braves in Monday’s NL title game, for the Majors City Championship on Saturday at 7 p.m.
— Reach Chris Saur at firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-747-8049.