The annual battles between the two teams from Lamar Little League will soon become a thing of the past — for the most part.
Lamar Little League has been approved to unify their all-star teams starting in 2021, but that doesn’t matter at the 9-year-old and under level.
Lamar fielded American and National teams, and of course, those two teams were at the top of the standings for the District 36 9-and-under area tournament.
Lamar National held the line early, leading 3-1 through four innings, but Lamar American rallied to score seven runs over the final two innings to win 8-2 Tuesday at George Park in Richmond.
The 9-and-under tournament will play through double elimination, with Lamar American now waiting to see who wins out of a game between Lamar National and Pearland East.
One more win and Lamar American will be crowned area champions.
National started quickly, the first four batters reaching safely.
Ethan Scudder walked, and he was followed by a single from Brooks Collum.
The same formula played out with the next two batters: Kelly Riepe walked and Jackson Crew singled.
But National got only one run from the four base runners.
The bottom of the lineup scored for National, with Cole Yockey hitting a double to score Ayden Taylor.
In the third inning, National’s third run came after three walks forced home Jaxon Bowie, who had reached on a fielder’s choice.
National was held to one hit and three total base runners over the final three innings.
American began to chip away at the National lead in the fourth inning.
Callum Chavez, Dylan Rumple, Abraham Silva and Braden Terry opened their frame with single to plate a run.
The hitting continued in the fifth inning.
Kane Hutchison, Xavier Montoya, Lane Hudson, Carter Lawson, Chavez and Rumple all reached base safely in order, collecting five singles and a walk.
After an error by the National second baseman, American led 4-3.
The American All-Stars added four more runs in the sixth inning from two hits and three errors by National.
The biggest hit came from Miles Rodriguez, who hit a triple to score Williams, and he would later come home on a wild pitch.
Cristiano Osorio and Lawson each scored after moving around the bases on the National errors.