Tim Hudson would have been proud.
Davis Little League pitcher Brennan Peiffer crossed up opponents all night — inducing eight ground-ball outs while scattering eight hits — as the A’s topped the Reds, 13-3, for the Majors-Division City Championship on Saturday.
Peiffer, 11, threw the Little League-allowed limit of 85 pitches in going 5 2/3 innings. He walked but one and struck out two.
“My change-up and curve ball were really effective,” Peiffer said afterward as more than 100 players, parents and well-wishers crowded the East Field for awards ceremonies.
It was the second consecutive city crown for the A’s.
“I warmed up with the fastball, then slowed it down with the change-up so they were kinda like off-balance,” the pitcher said.
From the get-go, Peiffer had a lead to work with.
The visiting A’s cashed in three of five first-inning walks. A two-run double by Owen Lingbloom and bases-loaded free passes to Jordan Painter and Carson Bain were centerpieces in a four-run first.
Ethan Ramos’ line-drive, two-run dinger in the second inning made things 6-1 before the Reds nudged as close as they’d get with two tallies in the third.
Jack Johnson opened with an infield single for the Reds, but was erased when Ian Biscardi grounded to short. Zach Anderson and Ethan Lo followed with hits, loading the bases for Caden Difuntorum — who promptly singled up the middle to make the score 6-3.
With two on and two out, the next batter, Giacomo Sorrentino, brought the Reds fans to their feet as his long fly ball was caught two feet in front of the center-field fence to end the inning.
From there, the A’s built their 10-run bulge.
Hits by Josh Catacutan and Painter, a walk to Ramos and Joby Antony’s RBI grounder made it 9-3 in the fourth. Four more in the sixth — which featured three Reds errors, Avery Turkovich’s two-run single and Mason Johnstone’s sacrifice fly — accounted for the final score.
“In the beginning of the season, we didn’t care too much about record,” said A’s skipper Pete Ramos. “We were more about developing the kids. We rotated (positions), we had every kid pitch, we had every kid play infield and outfield.”
Ramos said playing chess early led to a .500 record — until playoff time, when his charges went 4-1 and earned the right to keep the trophy another year.
Lo pitched a heroic four innings in relief for the Reds, allowing just four hits. He gave up five runs as the ball on this night seemed to bounce the way of the A’s.
Notes: Ethan Ramos’ home run was his 10th of the year. … Jessie Catacutan was the A’s manager last season, opting to assist the elder Ramos this spring. Catacutan coached his daughter’s softball team, too. … Center fielder Turkovich made a terrific catch of a Robert Schacherbauer drive in the fourth inning. … Anderson, the Reds’ lead-off hitter, went 3-for-3 and scored two runs. Difuntorum was 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Biscardi made a nifty catch in right, robbing Antony of a second-inning hit. … It was a nice touch that eighth-grader Ryan Berry — the A’s winning pitcher in last year’s title game — got to present the championship trophy to Pete Ramos. More than 600 fans packed the East Field stands for the finale. … Peiffer returns next year. Three-peat?
— Reach Bruce Gallaudet at [email protected] or 530-320-4456.