2014 Nevada State Little League® Tournament Results
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2014

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Nevada State Tournament
Host - Carson City (District 1)
At Governors Field

Governors Field is located at 500 Evalyn Drive in Carson City.

Participating Teams
District 1 Champions Reno National
District 2 Champions Paseo Verde (Henderson)
District 3 Champions Walker River (Yerington)
District 4 Champions Mountain Ridge (Las Vegas)

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Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
Mountain Ridge 11, Paseo Verde 1 (4 innings)
Reno National 14, Walker River 3

Elimination Bracket Semifinal (four teams remain):
Paseo Verde 12, Walker River 6 (elim.)

Winner's Bracket Final:
Mountain Ridge 11, Reno National 0 (5 innings)

Elimination Bracket Final (three teams remain):
Paseo Verde 12, Reno National 4 (elim.)

Championship Game:
Mountain Ridge 7, Paseo Verde 3 (TITLE)


Summary:

It was a simple recipe for success: score before your opponent has a chance to bat, and simply don't give up the lead.

Las Vegas' Mountain Ridge Little League scored in the top of the first inning in each of their three contests at the 2014 Nevada state tournament, and cruised to a trio of victories to claim their second consecutive Nevada championship in the major baseball division, and third in a five-year span.

But this title was different than those from prior years: Mountain Ridge rampaged not only through Nevada, but also through the West Region tournament, and became the first-ever Nevada league to reach the Little League World Series following a 11-2 victory over Pacifica American (Northern California) Little League in the West Region championship game. The Nevada champions finished the summer as the United States champion.

Mountain Ridge opened state tournament play with an 11-1 victory over Henderson's Paseo Verde Little League, then dispatched Reno National Little League, 11-0, and closed out the tournament with a 7-3 win over Paseo Verde.

Leadoff hitter Josiah Cromwick keyed Mountain Ridge's opening round win. After walking and scoring in the first inning, Cromwick delivered a two-out, two-strike, two-run double to center field in the second, and scored when Austin Kryszczuk deposited the very next pitch over the center field fence. In the span of two pitches, Paseo Verde went from escaping the inning trailing by a single run to a situation where they faced a five-run deficit.

And the inning wasn't over. Brennan Holligan singled to left, then Brad Stone and Zach Hare drilled consecutive home runs to cap a seven run rally. Cromwick belted his team's fourth home run of the game in the third inning, and the three-run shot pushed the Mountain Ridge lead to 11-0 before Stone and Holligan closed out the win in the fourth.

Holligan threw just one pitch in Mountain Ridge's opening round win, but went the distance in their five inning, 11-0 victory over Reno National. The right-hander struck out eleven batters and permitted just one hit, and he supplied his own support with a 3-for-3, two home run effort at the plate.

Mountain Ridge scored in each of its offensive innings against Reno National. Cromwick walked and later scored on a wild pitch to open the scoring, and Drew Laspaluto added a two-run single to center field later in the first inning. In the second, Payton Brooks and Kryszczuk walked, then Holligan drove a pitch over the right field fence for a three-run home run and a 6-0 Mountain Ridge lead. Laspaluto doubled and scored in the third, then doubled home a pair of runs in the fourth. Finally, in the fifth, Kryszczuk singled with one out, and Holligan followed with a booming home run to left field.

Paseo Verde shook off its opening game loss, first eliminating Walker River Little League, 12-6, and then sending off Reno National, 12-4, to earn a rematch with Mountain Ridge. But Mountain Ridge applied the same formula -- a quick start, and strong pitching from Stone and Hare -- and sealed their second consecutive Nevada title with a 7-3 victory.

Stone pitched into the fifth inning, striking out eleven and allowing only four hits. He also opened the scoring with a three-run homer in the first inning, and added a run-scoring double in the fifth inning that stretched Mountain Ridge's lead to 6-0. Jordan DeMarce sliced the lead in half with a three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth, but Hare took over after Stone hit his pitch count limit, and registered three strikeouts in 1-1/3 innings to seal the victory.

Kryszczuk, Stone, and Holligan all had two hits in the game for Mountain Ridge.

Mountain Ridge followed its state tournament victory with six consecutive wins at the West Region tournament in San Bernardino, California, then won its first three games at the Little League World Series to run its international tournament record to 17-0. Mountain Ridge suffered its first loss of the international tournament in a U.S. championship game matchup with Chicago's Jackie Robinson West Little League, but Little League Baseball's tournament committee later vacated all of Jackie Robinson West's tournament wins due to the use of ineligible players. As part of this action, Mountain Ridge was crowned the U.S. champion.

Follow Mountain Ridge at the West Region Tournament -- Click here to view results.


Linescores:

  Winner's Bracket Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Mountain Ridge 3 3 1 2 2 11 10 0
Reno National 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
  Championship Game
Mountain Ridge 3 0 1 0 2 1 7 8 2
Paseo Verde 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 4 2




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