Hastings eliminated from Little League World Series
Canada, with five boys from Burnaby, was ousted from the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., on Monday.
The team from Hastings Community Little League, whose catchment area includes North Burnaby up to Sperling Ave., and north of the Lougheed Highway, was edged 4-3 by Curacao. It was their second loss in the double-knockout tournament after being beaten 8-3 by a Panamanian team Sunday.
On Monday, Curacao took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning with a run off Hastings starter Cole Dalla-Zanna of Burnaby. Two Burnaby boys then combined to tie the game in the bottom of the third with Steven Moretto driving in leadoff hitter Kobly Buljevic.
Hastings then took a 3-1 lead on a home run by first baseman Noah Hanson-Stafford of Burnaby in the bottom of the fourth.
But Dalla-Zanna couldn’t hold the lead surrendering three runs in the top of the fifth.
Canada won its opening game downing Mexico 13-9 on Friday. Moretto had three singles, drew two walks, including a base-loaded one in the sixth inning, and scored twice. Dalla-Zanna scored four runs getting on base twice with hits and twice with walks. Dalla-Zanna started the game and was tagged with two earned runs, one hit and three walks in one-plus inning of pitching. Buljevic had a hit and drove in a run as well as making some nifty defensive plays at third base. Carson Ho from Burnaby had a hit, a walk and scored two runs.