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LVLL minors Red Sox, Kryptonite rally for exciting wins

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By Dave Kavanaugh

It’s human nature to love a thriller. You are not alone if the baseball of this past weekend made you want to scream. It wasn’t bad, you know it, and if you were there, you might long remember the time...

LVLL minors championship:

Red Sox 7, Yankees 6

As regular-season champs, the Sox were favored in this one, but the Yanks came out on a tear. Beginning with a run by Elena Archuleta, they struck for a 3-0 lead midway through the first. And they led 6-1 through three frames.

Then the Sox defense displayed some character, keeping the Yankees off the scoreboard after that and giving the slow-starting offense time to rally. In the bottom of the fourth, the Red Sox scored four times to pull within one.

After a second straight defensive shutout in the top of the fifth, the team broke through for the tying run and the walk-off winner, a double up the gap by Brandon Lucero that sent Antonio Padilla home with ease from third base.

Mutual respect was the theme in the traditional postgame handshakes, and players, coaches and fans alike — including Robertson High administrator Eddie King, sporting a dyed red mane — knew they’d just seen a classic.

Las Vegas Kryptonite 5,

Moriarty Pintos 4, 10 inn.

Down to the last strike of the last out in the 10th inning, Peter Campos roped a line drive to the outfield, scoring Corey Archibeque and Luke Aragon to give the host Kryptonite a dramatic 5-4 comeback victory over Moriarty.

The game had been tied at 2 through nine frames, requiring extra innings. An error and a couple of hard knocks got the Pintos a 4-2 lead in the 10th. After Archibeque reached, Nicholas Aragon’s flyout advanced a couple of runners. Campos seemed to be on the verge of a strikeout when he unloaded a double to win the game, the Kryptos’ last one this summer at Rodriguez Park.