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Publication Date: Wednesday, June 02, 2004

M-A Little League: Lutticken's takes M-A title M-A Little League: Lutticken's takes M-A title (June 02, 2004)

By David Hansen

M-A Little League staff

Regular season play for the Menlo-Atherton Little League wrapped up Thursday, May 27. Lutticken's dropped their one game while Brix won two, but Lutticken's still claimed the crown. Though both teams had identical 13-7 records, the champs won more of their head-to-head meetings to take the title on a tiebreaker rule. Draeger's finished the season in third with 11 victories. Playoffs begin at Willow Field on Tuesday, June 1, with an evening doubleheader.

Game highlights:

** Brix tallied its first mark of the shortened week at Willow Field on Monday, May 24, with a 7-3 win over Cashin Co. Though great defensive work by Cashin middle infielders Cameron Winn and Ben Cohen-Stead limited the damage, Brix racked up four runs in the second on hits by Jack Larson, Willie DeWitt, Reed McConnell and Colin McGill. That gave them control of the game, which they never relinquished, despite a flurry of hits by Cashin's Alex Breya, Wally Hansen, Ben Cohen-Stead and Robbie Galliani.

** Brix won again on Wednesday, 9-5 over Draeger's to wrap up their season on a high note. Goetz had to be pleased as well, finishing their season with a convincing 11-3 romp over first-place Lutticken's. Reid Gaa had three hits and two RBIs to lead Goetz Bros.

** Turner Baty and Brett "Hollywood" Hightower each had RBIs to get Cashin Co. off to a two-run first inning lead over Anderson's in the regular season closer. But though they held that lead through most of the game on fine pitching by Baty, Hansen and Jake Batchelder, Anderson's went large in the sixth to eek out a dramatic 4-3 victory.

** Tyler Moragne had the big hit for Anderson's with the bases loaded to drive in two runs. He later came around to score the winner on a passed ball to put the game away. Ryan Chilcoate and Tyler Estkowski had key sixth inning hits to set the table for Moragne's heroics.

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