On Thursday night, the O’Neill Athletic’s defeated Ainsworth 5-3 to capture the 2016 Elkhorn Valley Little League Baseball Title.
The game was a true pitcher's dual. Starting on the mound for the A’s was Brady Thompson, who pitched three solid innings and allowed two runs. Landon Classen came in for the save and pitched three scoreless innings, striking out the final batter.
Offensively, the A’s scored in the first inning when Kyler Dean crossed home plate following a sacrifice grounder hit by Lance Schmeichel. In the second inning, Brady Thompson’s bases loaded blast to the fence scored Wyatt Scofield, Karter Otte and Classen. The A’s final run came in the fifth inning when Joe Yates was able to steal a couple bases and slide home after an overthrow to third.
The O’Neill A’s finished their championship season with an 8-4 record.
In the consolation finals the O’Neill Royals beat North Central to earn third place.