The Canyon Creek Little League all-stars nearly pulled off a stunning comeback Wednesday night, scoring three runs and getting the go-ahead run to the plate with two out and baserunners on first and third.
But a fly ball to left was caught by Utah’s Seth Wells, eliminating Canyon Creek in a slugfest at the West Regional tournament in San Bernardino. Utah prevailed 13-11.
It appeared that Canyon Creek was on its way to a showdown Friday night against either Southern California or Hawaii after the San Ramon team erupted for six runs in the second inning.
But the St. Charles, Utah all-stars put up back-to-back five-run innings in the second and third to take a 10-6 lead. Utah eventually expanded the lead to 13-8 before Canyon Creek rallied in the sixth.
The two teams combined for 29 hits — 16 by Utah — but the difference might have been extra base power. Utah had four doubles and a homer while Canyon Creek was limited to two doubles and a triple.
Still, there were many offensive stars for Canyon Creek. Jason Duggs doubled and singled and scored two runs, and Cade Hannula singled twice, scored twice and had an RBI.
Other hitting stars included Austin Spears with two runs and two hits, Rahil Ray with two hits, a run and an RBI, and Aidan Camberg with two runs driven in.
None of the pitchers used by the two teams escaped unblemished until Utah reliever Matt McArthur took over in the top of the sixth with three runs in, no one out and Ray on second base after an RBI double to right.
McArthur issued a two-out walk to Ryan Dawson — Ray had taken third on an earlier groundout — but the Utah pitcher got the final out.
It was McArthur’s night as he led Utah with three…
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