Beat Red Sox twice for title

June 13, 2013 


The Giants of the Los Banos Little League majors needed two wins to defeat the Red Sox in the double-elimination championship.

They got one in a 4-2 win Saturday, after which Giants coach Mike Wilson gathered his troops and told them, "We haven't done anything yet. We move on to play again."

The Giants responded with an 11-1 win on Sunday. The Red Sox, No. 4 in the bracket, had previously knocked off the top-seeded White Sox 1-0 on a Paulie Calderon solo home run in extra innings.

Calderon took the mound and held the second-seeded Giants in check on Saturday, and helped his own cause by walking in the third inning, then scoring on an Avian Alarcon double for the first run of the game.

But Giants pitcher Ethan Machado also worked at the plate, putting the Orange and Black on top with a three-RBI triple in the fifth inning, then scored on a David Rocha groundout to make it 4-1.

Despite another Calderon solo homer in the bottom of the frame, the Red Sox couldn't get back on top. Dustin Vogel closed out the last inning after taking the reins from Machado.

"They were kind of sad, because we lost. But that's the way it went," Red Sox coach Ernie Lugo said. "But we made big turnaround on our little team, from last year to this year."

The district's Tournament of Champions kicked off Thursday with the triple-A A's and the majors White Sox, regular-season champions, hosting counterparts from Turlock. Results weren't available at press time.

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