Bradley Smith produced with his bat and his arm while leading Healthy Pets to a 4-2 victory over Hengehold in the challenge championship game of the Palo Alto Little League City Tournament on Sunday at Middlefield Ballpark.
With the scored tied at 2 after the regulation six innings, Ransom Soderberg got aboard for Healthy Pets in the top of the seventh, Smith launched a two-run homer that provided the winning margin.
In the bottom of the seventh, Healthy Pets starter Yaakov Feldman got two quick outs but then reached his 85-pitch limit and had to leave the game after 6 2/3 innings with nine strikeouts. Smith took the mound and ended the game with one pitch, resulting in a ground out.
Hengehold struck first when Sean Young scored on a wild pitch in the first inning, but Healthy Pets answered with a run scored in the second by Feldman, who scored on a bases-loaded fielder's choice by Eric Aboytes.
Smith pulled Healthy Pets ahead with a solo home run in the third, but the game went to extra innings after Young scored again for Hengehold in the fifth, driven home by Max Dorward.
Young pitched a complete game for Hengehold, issuing only one walk, scattering eight hits while striking out four. He also made a nice sliding catch behind home plate on a high foul popup by Soderberg, in addition to getting three hits and scoring twice.
Feldman also made three nice defensive plays for Healthy Pets, which came into the city tournament as the favorite and lived up to that expectation.
Hengehold reached the challenge game by rolling to a 15-5 win over Palo Alto Sport Shop in the consolation bracket championship game Saturday evening. Hengehold got out to an early lead and kept the pressure on, capping the fifth inning with a three-run, walk-off home run by Isaac Hart-Skaife.
Sport Shop scored two runs in the third after loading the bases with nobody out and another three in the fifth, but wasn't able to come back.