Novato Little League North: Red Sox, Rangers, Astros claim division titles

The Red Sox outlasted the Cubs to win the Novato North Majors crown.

Courtesy of Little League representatives


Game 1

Red Sox 12, Cubs 2: Vinny Ciolino and Ethan Wood both had busy days at the plate and Conor Croteau was overpowering on the mound to lead the regular-season champion NLLN Majors Red Sox to a 12-2 victory over the NLLN Majors Cubs. This was a must-win for the Red Sox, as the Cubs would have taken the playoff title with a victory after beating the Red Sox in the double elimination format last week.

Ciolino singled in the first inning, homered in the third, singled in the fourth, and tripled in the fifth. Wood had two singles and a home run, while knocking in four runs.

Croteau surrendered no earned runs and recorded eight strikeouts and no walks over five innings, as the game was shortened due to the 10-run rule.

The Red Sox totaled 14 hits, with Zack Farbstein, Hugh Brady and Croteau also contributing big hits and RBIs.

Sean McGrath started the game on the hill for the Cubs. He allowed seven hits and five runs over three innings, striking out four. Angelo Moresco, Nick Cubley, Anthony Scheppler and McGrath had hits for the Cubs.

Game 2

Red Sox 7, Cubs 3: The Red Sox beat the Cubs by a score of 7-3 on Sunday

to win the Majors Division Playoff


The two teams have battled back and forth all season. The regular season champion Red Sox were trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning when JD Kuhlmann tripled with the bases loaded to clear the bases and score three runs.

The Cubs got things moving in the first inning as Tyler Keehn singled on a 2-1 count, scoring one run.

The Red Sox pulled away for good with seven runs in the fourth inning, with RBI singles from Brady and Farbstein and an RBI ground-out by Ciolino. Croteau and Farbstein led the Red Sox with two hits each.

Matthew Moyer was tough on Cubs hitters and went the distance on the mound to earn the victory for the Red Sox, allowing five hits and three runs while striking out four. The Red Sox played outstanding defense all day, with great plays turned in by Nathan Mandelbrot, JD Rhodes, Kuhlmann and Croteau, while Brady was outstanding behind the plate.

Cubley was on the hill for the Cubs. He went 3 1/3 innings, allowing seven runs on four hits and striking out three. Moresco threw 1 2/3 innings in relief.

McGrath led the Cubs with two hits, including a solo home run in the sixth inning.

AAA Minors


Astros 13, Yankees 2: The Novato Little League North AAA Minors Astros sailed to victory over the Yankees, 13-2, on Sunday to claim the division playoff title.

The Astros, the NLLN AAA Minors regular season champions, opened up scoring in the first inning, when Julian Oliver singled, scoring one run. Dawson Mcguire and Duke Mesenburg each followed up with RBI singles.

The Astros tallied five runs in both the second and third innings. In the second inning, Austin Guyer started things off with an RBI single and later scored as Ryan Marvier drove in two runs.

In the third inning, Logan Reed started the scoring with a two-run single, followed immediately by an RBI from Max Figueroa. In his third trip to the plate, Marvier drove in two more runs to cap a three-hit, four RBI afternoon.

Oliver surrendered just one hit on and struck out seven to take the win for the Astros. John Cook closed for the Astros, striking out two in the fourth.

Jacob Troy went 2-for-2 at the plate to lead the Yankees.

AA Minors


Rangers 5, Phillies 2: The Novato North Rangers AA Minors got on the board in the first inning when Gael Sanchez-Ocon singled on an 0-2 count,driving in one run.

The Rangers pulled away for good with one run in the second inning, when Zephyr Schwartz hit an RBI double on a 1-2 count.

Ethan Vogel led things off on the hill for the Rangers. He surrendered two runs on two hits over 3 1/3 innings, striking out three.

Cody Young led things off on the mound for the Phillies. He allowed four hits and three runs over 2 1/3 innings, striking out six. Nick Davis threw 2 2/3 innings in relief out of the bullpen.

The Rangers collected seven hits on the day. Layton Tashijan and Sanchez-Ocon collected multiple hits for the Rangers.

The Rangers were sure-handed and didn’t commit a single error. Juaquin Chavez made the most plays with six.

Nick Davis went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the Phillies in hits. The Phillies didn’t commit a single error in the field. Matteo Martinelli had the most chances in the field with six.

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