Two big offensive innings helped propel the Astros to a 12-8 win over the Dodgers in last Friday’s East Mountain Little League Rookies Division tournament championship.
“I think they were nervous at first but they got a little bit of momentum and they were able to keep it going,” Astros head coach Isaac King said.
The Astros broke a 3-3 tie in the fourth inning with a 5-run spurt that was fueled by 8-year-old Brayden Kusnetz’ 2-RBI double.
The Dodgers answered with 5 runs in the fifth inning to knot the score at 8 apiece but the Astros sealed the victory with 4 more runs in the sixth.
The Astros’ Emerson Naylor scored a game-high 3 runs.
“They just kept swinging their bats hard,” King said. “They’re a great bunch of kids, they always kept a good attitude.”
“It was a nail-biter,” Dodgers head coach Jay Pierce said. “Our kids tried hard every inning till the end—and they showed great improvement from the beginning of the season.”
The coach-pitch Rookies Division consists of boys and girls ages 6-8.
The Astros went undefeated during the seven-team, single-elimination tournament that ran May 30-June 2 at EMLL’s fields at Vista Grande Community Complex in Sandia Park.