GREEN VALLEY — The 11- and 12-year-old Fairfield Pacific All-Stars defeated Benicia 3-1 in extra innings thanks to a two-run home run off the bat of CJ Laui, Saturday, at the Tri-Valley Little League Fields.
In the top of the eighth, with two outs, Carl Vesilight drew a walk with the go-ahead run coming to bat. Laui then drew a full-count and hit a towering shot to right-center, giving Fairfield Pacific the lead for good.
In the home-half of the inning, Laui’s defense was on show as he made a diving grab at third base, throwing from his knees to get the out at first. The last out of the game came when reliever Cameron Martin struck out the last batter.
Martin earned the win, throwing 1 1/3 innings. Matthew Miranda started the game and went 6 2/3 innings, only giving up one run which came in the second inning on back-to-back doubles.
Down 1-0 in the top of the fifth inning, Fairfield Pacific tied things up when Mark Carnesecca hit a home run off the first pitch he saw over the right field wall. Carnesecca had entered the game for the first time, defensively, in the top-half of the inning.
Fairfield Pacific plays Tuesday at TVLL fields, and will face the winner of the Tri-Valley versus Napa National game which will be played Sunday.
In the losers bracket, Fairfield Atlantic had a big third and fourth inning, defeating Suisun American 7-1.
Fairfield Atlantic put three runs on the board in the third inning with the first run coming on and RBI single by Hudson Reece, plating Anthony Clemente. Xavier Vasquez also had an RBI in the inning.
In the fourth, Anthony Nakano hit a triple, scoring Johnny Gallegos and Vasquez. On the very next at-bat, Ryne Richard also tripled, scoring Nakano. Richard then came into score on a single by Petey Regalado.
Clemente pitched the complete game and on the very last pitch, struck out the batter for the win, perfectly ending at the 85-pitch count limit.
Clemente only allowed two hits and two walks, striking out nine.
Fairfield Atlantic plays Napa American at noon at TVLL fields.