The Needville 12-and-under All-Stars got a big win on Sunday to force a winner-take-all game on Monday for the Little League District 18 championship.
Needville beat Lamar National 5-3 at the Seaborne Creek Sports Complex, scoring two runs in the first inning and three more in the fourth.
Albie Aprea led Needville with two hits and an RBI, while Cale Zwahr got a two-RBI hit for Needville. Pitcher Cedrick McClintock got the win by striking out four in his 4.2 innings of work.
Kelian Sweeny, Jaden Mays and Aiden Poirier each had a hit for Lamar National, with Poirier collecting two RBIs.
Needville battled back from the loser’s bracket after opening the district tournament, losing 11-1 to Angleton on Thursday, but rebounded by beating El Campo 2-1 on Friday, as Colson Schultz scored the game-winning run on an RBI groundout by Colton Butler.
Zwahr, Aprea and Aiden Armstrong each had two hits for Needville on Friday.
Ralphie Ortiz struck out 10 batters in his 5.1 innings of work on the mound.
Needville then got a 6-1 decision over Angleton in another elimination game on Saturday, scoring five runs in the fifth inning to break open a tie game.
Schultz pitched all six innings, holding Angleton to only five hits and striking out eight.
Aprea, Zwahr, McClintock and Carter Roehling each had two hits for Needville in Saturday’s game.
Lamar National advanced to the district championship series with a 12-3 win over Angleton on Friday night.
National scored nine runs in the seventh inning after tying the game in the sixth.
Kole Whiddon had three hits for Lamar National and three RBIs in Friday’s game.
Poirier, Jack Houston, Jake McIntire and Landon Richards each had two hits, while Richards picked up the win with eight strikeouts in 4.1 innings of work.