May 24, 2015
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A's win Ottawa Little League championship behind 14-hit attack

OTTAWA, Ill. -- The Visionar Marketing Group A's turned the Ottawa City Little League championship game into a victory lap.

The A's (24-1) plated three runs or more in all five innings and blasted their way past the Thrush Sanitation Cardinals 18-5 in five innings to claim the Major League championship in a surprising rout.

A's cleanup hitter Myles Tucker was 4-for-5 with seven RBIs for the A's, finishing a home run shy of the cycle. Right behind him in the order, Anthony Gutierez had just one hit on the night, but it was a bases-clearing double in the third inning that turned a four-run lead into a seven-run advantage.

Ryan Gleason singled three times, walked twice and drove in three runs, and Ty Trovero slugged three doubles and came around to score after all five plate appearances.

There was very little that did not go right for the A's, who held the Cardinals (18-4) to just four hits while belting out 14 of their own.

Out of the gate, however, it looked like the championship game would be a shootout.

The A's put their first three hitters aboard, capped off by Gleason's RBI single. Tucker's tapper to first made it 3-0 before the Cardinals had a chance to hit.

When the Cardinals did get that chance, they answered immediately. Briar Flores led off with a line drive, no-doubt home run to center field before a series of A's errors allowed three more runs to score later in the inning.

The Cardinals led 4-3 after one, but they would not lead for long--or again. The A's strung together three consecutive hits in the second inning, two for extra bases, and brought four runs home to go ahead 7-4, scored four more times in the third inning before Tucker put the outcome to rest with a bases-clearing double in the fourth that made it a 14-4 ballgame.

While that was going on, A's starter Bryce Jones was settling in. After a bumpy first inning, the lanky southpaw went into cruise control, allowing just two more hits for the rest of the outing before he was relieved due to the pitch limit. He finished with five strikeouts, and just one of his five runs allowed was earned.

Needing a run to extend the game, the Cardinals fought off the ropes in the fourth inning, scraping across the stay-alive run after a two-out throwing error. But the A's were not to be denied, stringing together four consecutive hits with two outs to bring four more runs home and again put pressure of the Cardinal offense.

Anthony Cooper, who put the A's back into 10-run territory with two-run double the previous half-inning, delivered the A's the city championship by striking out the final two batters.

Briar Flores had the only RBI for the Cardinals on his leadoff moonshot. Ivan Stafford, Cole Flores and Ethan Swords singled as well.

Cooper added a triple and walked twice for the A's, who did most of their damage at the top of the order. The first four hitters went an astonishing 12-for-15 with 13 RBIs, while the rest of the lineup was just 2-for-18.

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