Even before either team took the field for Thursday's Menlo Park Majors Little League Championship at Ford Field in Portola Valley, both teams were already winners, each having to win a league title to advance this far.
For three innings, Alpine-West Menlo Park 11-12 Little League champion Peak and Menlo-Atherton champion Shell Sharon Heights were locked in a scoreless duel.
Peak's Jace Cannon.
Peak's Spencer Harding.
Shell's Lincoln Barnard.
Wolf, who gave up four hits, struck out seven and walked three, had his hands full with M-A Shell. He had to pitch his way out of a couple of jams.
Charlie Toig doubled and singled for Shell. Romy DeCenzo added a hit and struck out two in 2/3 innings of relief. William Roberts also singled and struck out six in 4 1/2 innings.
Peak gathered in center field to celebrate its victory, getting championship T-shirts to commemorate the achievement and gathering around the three-foot perpetual trophy, which dates to 1962, for pictures.
Peak players: Jace Cannon, Matty Wolf, Kyle Sweeney, Jackson Harding, Matthew Majalya, Renner Barnett, Tate Starr, Garrett Bailey, Spencer Harding, Emmett Hoffman, Ryan Karr, Felix Morgan.
Shell players: William Roberts, Romy DeCenzo, Jonas Roodman, Brady Santoro, Brooklyn Ashe, Maxton Vidano, Charlie Toig, Max Brubacher, Lincoln Barnard, Sachin Sandhu, Max Wasserstein, Cole Cadieux.
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