The Yankees staved off elimination Monday behind their booming bats, as they defeated the A’s, 16-6, in a five-inning mercy-rule victory in the Davis Little League Majors American League title contest.
The Yankee victory means the same two teams will meet again on Thursday, with the winner representing the AL against the Reds in Saturday’s City Championship.
Neither squad wasted any time getting its offense started Monday, as the Yanks and A’s each plated four runs in the first inning.
The Yankees rode an explosion of power for their four tallies, hitting two monster home runs. Garrett Emmons had the first four-bagger, a solo shot that marked the game’s first score. Four batters later, Krishan Parbhu added another dinger, clubbing a pitch over the left-field wall to knock in three runs.
The A’s were quick to respond, but in a very different fashion, scratching out their four runs. The first five Athletics to bat got on base with three doubles, a single and a walk.
Jordan Painter had the first RBI, knocking in Brennan Peiffer with a double to center field, before Ethan Ramos brought both Painter and Josh Catacutan home with a double of his own two batters later. Ramos came home on a wild pitch to tie the score.
The Yankees responded with a bang, however, using another home run — this one a two-run shot by Adam Dapkewicz — followed by an RBI single from Emmons to go up 7-4 in the second inning. Those runs were all the Yanks needed, but they weren’t done there.
Using an RBI single from Ishan Malik and a sacrifice fly by Joshua Yoon, they added two more runs in the third, then exploded once again in the fourth inning. Four different players knocked in runs in the fourth as Dapkewicz had an RBI triple, and Elliot Greve, Parbhu and Xavier Chambers slapped run-scoring singles.
Greve’s two-run single in the fifth completed the scoring for the winners.
Meanwhile, Dapkewicz, the Yankee pitcher for much of the evening, kept the A’s bats mostly quiet after the first inning. He struck out six in 4 2/3 innings of work.
“Everybody stepped up,” said Yankees skipper Bob Emmons. “We had hitting, we had fielding, we had clutch pitching.”
The A’s did their best to mount a comeback in the fifth inning, scratching out a pair of runs. Peiffer started the rally off with a single, and came around to score on a passed ball one batter later. Catacutan essentially did the exact same thing, bringing the score to 16-6.
That’s when the Yankees went to the bullpen, and Malcolm Burns quickly shut the door.
The two teams meet again Thursday (7 p.m.) in what promises to be a much lower scoring affair — thanks to the strong arms that will take the mound.
“We’re going to have Ethan (Thursday),” said proud papa and A’s coach Pete Ramos. “Last time we shut them down to two hits, so that’s what we expect Thursday.”
Bob Emmons agreed, saying, “Thursday’s going to be another good game. We know they’re going to throw their top pitcher. I expect a close, low-scoring game, but we’ll be ready for them.”
— Reach Spencer Ault @[email protected]