By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
The Marlins were hoping to win the Little League Championship but to do so they had to prove themselves to be the biggest fish in the pond. A two-dozen run output did just that and propelled them to a 24-14 win over the Angels at Cunningham Park on Monday.
The two teams came in tied for first place on the final game of the season but the Angels had trouble throwing strikes which left them with a “crappie” feeling afterwards.
“The whole team pulled together against a very good Angels’ team,” said Marlins manager Gary Woodard. “We only had four returning players so a lot of new kids stepped up and played well in addition to our older ones. This was an enjoyable year for everyone. I’m proud of them for what they’ve accomplished. It feels good to finally win a league championship.”
The game was uglier than a mud fence at times yet exciting in a lot of ways.
The Marlins jumped on top 5-0 in their first two at bats only to watch the Angels score six in the second inning to go up 6-5.
Zack Parsons’ double in the first inning moved Tanner Putman to third and he later scored on a wild pitch.
They added four more in the second stanza with Seth Condor’s two-run double doing half the damage. But things would take a twist from there.
The Angels rallied to score six times in the bottom half to grab their only lead in the game. Mason Bragg had a two-run double and George Grills got the inning started with a single. But their offense stalled over the next two frames.
Condor came on in relief for the Marlins to shut down the Halo’s from that point.
The Angels went down quietly in the third and fourth frames allowing the “Fish” to build a big advantage.
“The coaches kept telling me to smile and pitch so I just relaxed and tried to throw strikes,” said Condor. “I tried to throw hard when I came in. My teammates kept hitting the ball and got me a big lead.”
Much of that was due to Angels’ pitchers walking 23 batters in the game. A baker’s dozen of those would score.
The Marlins appeared to have the game well in hand after building a 21-6 advantage. But the Angels would battle back to extend the show.
They scored seven runs in the bottom of the fifth that cut the deficit at 21-13. This bought another frame but the Marlins weren’t about to fold.
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