Mariners, Sox advance vie for Little League championship Friday
June 12, 2009 · Updated 4:09 PM
The Mariners take on the Red Sox in tonight’s Little League Major League championship game at 6 p.m. at Lower Rotary Field.
A Mariners win gives them the title, while a Red Sox victory would force a game beginning at 2:30 Saturday.
The fourth-place Red Sox edged the Pirates 9-8 in their tournament opener before losing 13-10 to the Yankees.
The Red Sox bounced back on Monday with an 8-7 win over the Dodgers, defeated the Pirates 15-11 on Tuesday and beat the Yankees on 14-6 Wednesday to secure their spot in tonight’s game.
The Mariners, third during the regular season, cruised into tonight’s game.
They opened tournament play with a 14-2 win over the Dodgers, knocked off the A’s 13-4 and shut out the regular-season champion Yankees 12-0 on Tuesday.
Blake Swanson dominated the Yankees in the Tuesday game, shuting them out over three innings.
Garret Riely led the Red Sox at bat with a two-run home run in a game that ended after four innings because of the score.
In Triple-A action Wednesday, the Cubs beat the Pirates 6-5 to advance to the title game against the Dodgers, who had beaten the Cubs 4-3 earlier this week.
The two teams play tonight at 6 p.m. at Upper Rotary Field.
The Dodgers are one win away from the title, but if the Cubs win tonight, the teams will play again Saturday at noon for the championship.
The Pirates led 3-0 after the first inning on Wednesday, but the Cubs scored five runs in the fourth to capture a 5-3 lead.
The Cubs scored another run in the fifth for a 6-3 lead and then held off the Pirates over the final two innings to advance to the finals.
The Pirates scored twice in the sixth inning, but overall they had three runners thrown out at home by the Cubs – including the last out of the game.
Cubs pitcher Keaton Blair threw 76 pitches through 5 1/3 innings for the win.