The Alpine 8-10 Little League all-star team rebounded from a tough loss the previous day with a strong game Monday, earning a 14-2 decision over Castro Valley in an elimination game of the Section 3 Tournament in Hillsborough.
Alpine gets another chance to take on Canyon Creek, which beat Alpine 9-8 on Sunday, with the tournament title on the line. Alpine needs to beat Canyon Creek twice to advance.
"We were in survival mode today," Alpine manager Ryan Sweeney said. "We used three pitchers in an effort to keep pitch counts low."
Alpine's offense also helped keep the pitch count down as the game lasted four innings with the mercy rule invoked.
Amit Garg, one of the three pitchers, collected two hits, including a hit that drove in three runs in the first inning. Anders Cahill, Brandon Sweeney, who hit a home run Sunday, Oli Coupe and Jake Scott each had multiple hits and scored a combined eight runs.
Coupe started the game for Alpine, gave way to Garg and Beau Cassel finished it.
Sunday's game was a classic according to Ryan Sweeney.
"It was heartbreaking, but it was also a great reminder of why little league baseball is so special," Sweeney said. "Neither team quit, both teams made great plays on defense, both had big hits and both teams made their share of mistakes. It was a classic little league baseball game; it had all the elements."
Alpine and Canyon Creek play at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hillsborough School District's Majors Field. An Alpine win means another game Wednesday at the same time and place.