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Dodgers win Sparks National LL city tournament title
Jun 08, 2012 | 1056 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Heading into the final inning of the Sparks National Little League Majors Championship, the Dodgers could almost taste victory as they held a seven-run lead over the rival Giants. That taste quickly turned sour as the second-seeded Dodgers watched the No. 1 Giants post five runs on the scoreboard to turn a comfortable 12-5 Dodgers’ advantage into a slight 12-10 edge.

With runners on the corners and no outs, the Giants were poised to do even more damage and steal the championship trophy from the Dodgers’ grasp. Fortunately for the Dodgers, they managed to get the final three outs without anymore runners crossing the plate to crown themselves the kings of the Majors Wednesday night.

“It was a well fought out game,” Dodgers coach Eliseo Montenegro said. “They made a nice comeback at the end. We were up 12-5 in the last inning and they poured on five runs to get the game close and make it nerve racking. Our pitcher pulled through for us from there. He struck out two of the next three batters and had a ground ball at first to end the game. It was a great victory.”

Going into the championship bout, the Dodgers had redemption on their mind versus the Giants.

“The kids were hungry. The Giants kind of ran through the league and they were our nemesis,” Montenegro said. “If there was a team out there that these kids wanted to beat, it was the Giants. They were the No. 1 all season and they kind of had our number. The kids were chomping at the bit to get back at them and it just happened that we met in the finals.”

As the final batter was retired to secure the win, the Dodgers celebrated as champs.

“At that point, I hate to say it, but I felt like a little kid running on the field enjoying the victory with the kids,” Montenegro said. “It was a fantastic feeling. The kids met in the middle in jubilation and relief. I kind of saw it all on the kids’ faces. There were tears of joy and smiles. It was sweet. It was nice to be able to walk off with the victory for the 12-year-olds. It meant a lot to me to be able to put them in that situation where they could take it home.”

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