SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - Chandler National now has two wins in the Little League West Region and two days off to savor them.
Seth Fretheim was on base five times, hit a homer and drove in four runs Saturday morning as Chandler National beat Snow Canyon of Santa Clara, Utah, 16-5.
Reliever Edgar Galiz pitched 4 2/3 innings and gave up one run. He was 2-for-2 and scored three runs.
Cody Bellinger hit two doubles and drove in three runs for Chandler National, and Luke Parrish homered. James Ziegler collected three hits and drove in three runs.
Chandler National next plays at 8 p.m. Tuesday when the Arizona champion takes on Green Valley of Henderson, the Nevada champion.
The Chandler National players will practice each day but have some time to spend with their families and for some rest and relaxation. A visit to the beach is planned, coach Jeff Parrish said.
It looked like Saturday’s game was going to be a day at the beach for Chandler National and might be shortened by a run rule.
Chandler National scored eight times in the top of the first inning, as Ziegler’s three-run double and Bellinger’s two-run double highlighted the rally.
But Snow Canyon was not going to be fodder for a run-rule loss and took the game the full six innings.
Snow Canyon came back with four runs in the bottom of the second, sparked by Chandler Gines’ two-run homer. Riley Gates followed with a two-run double that gave the Utah team runners on second and third.
Galiz came in and got a grounder to Dalton Krum at second to end the inning. Galiz did not give up a run until the bottom of the sixth when Gines doubled and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly.
“I was just happy to go in and pitch my best,’’ Galiz said. “All my pitches were working today.”
Galiz is a player who has come a long way in his development as hitter and a pitcher, Parrish said. “Last year he was just an average player during the regular season,’’ he said.
After getting the big lead, Parrish said, Chandler National relaxed in the middle innings.
“But I wouldn’t say we really lost focus,’’ he said.
Chandler National scratched out a run in the third. Galiz singled. Fretheim was hit by a pitch, and Bellinger walked to load the bases. Galiz scored on a wild pitch.
Krum and Fretheim had RBI singles in the fifth, and Bellinger added an RBI double.
Fretheim hit a three-run homer in the sixth, and Parrish followed with a solo shot.