Alpine-West Menlo Majors Peak scores late for victory


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.
Winning pitcher Matty Wolf finally broke through, hitting a triple to score the game's first run with one out in the bottom of the fourth. Jace Cannon, who singled earlier in the inning, slid across home with what turned out to be the winning run in Peak Performance's 4-0 victory.

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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