The Sonoma Little League won’t see an undefeated team this year, after the Falcons lost in Sunday’s championship game to the No. 2-seed Angels, who had battled their way through the so-called loser’s bracket to upset the No. 1 seed.
But the Falcons, who had run up 25 successive wins, have another chance to take the crown, as they need to be beaten twice to lose the Major Division Championship. The “final” final will be played Monday evening at Hughes Field (results not available at press time).
The Falcons got on the board in the first inning with an RBI double from Brett Armitage. The game remained 1-0 until the third when the Angels pulled ahead by scrapping out two runs on an error and two infield singles.
That would prove to be enough as the Angels would go on to win a nail-biter, 4-2, stopping the Falcons win streak at 24 and forcing the final game on Monday evening.
Angels pitchers Cosimo Hanson and Finn Parker combined for a one-hitter and struck out 12. Jacob Schepp, Jaden Vides and Dom Pucci pitched well for the Falcons, combining to strike out 16 Angels in the loss.
The final winner-take-all game was set for Monday night 5:30 at Hughes Field, results not available at press time, with the victor advancing to District 53 Tournament of Champions.
In AAA action, the No. 3 seeded Rangers won their second straight title as they defeated the No. 2 seed Indians 9-0, behind strong pitching and hitting from Jonah Rentz and Norman Shinn.
The champion Rangers are Landen Buckley, Angelo Cano, Van Clark, Dylan Hudspeth, Daniel Pucci, Mason Pucci, Jonah Rentz, Norman Shinn, Logan Smith, Sovann Som, Jack Stambaugh and Estefano Turcios and they are directed by Manager Ezra Pucci and Coaches Kelly Amormino-Pucci and Todd Shinn.
The Rangers will be advancing to the District 53 TOC starting this Friday in Napa. Check the Sonoma Little League website (www.sonomalittleleague.com) for game times and results.