Ten-year-old Zane Davis said he knew he had to hit the ball hard to help his team win.
With the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, and the score knotted at 10, Davis scorched a ground ball up the middle to drive in the game-winning run and lead the Astros to an 11-10 victory over the Dodgers in East Mountain Little League’s Minors Division championship last Saturday in Sandia Park.
“When I hit it, I knew we’d wrapped it up,” Davis said.
The Dodgers held a 10-8 lead in the sixth before Nick Makvandi’s two-RBI single tied the score 10-10.
“Nick hadn’t gotten a hit all season, and in the tournament he came alive—that’s what it’s all about,” Astros head coach Jason Rector said, adding, “They all pulled together as a team, I couldn’t be more proud of them.”
Dodgers head coach and league president Pat Hitchcock acknowledged that Davis was the one player he didn’t want to face in that situation.
“That kid stepped up and hit the ball. If there was a base open I would’ve walked him,” Hitchcock said. “But the kids were amazing. They had a great season. It just came down to that swing of the bat.”
The six-team, Minors Division tournament began June 3 and culminated with the championship contest on East Mountain Little League’s closing day.