Gene J. Puskar / Associated Press
Published Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014 | 12:55 p.m.
Updated Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014 | 1:15 p.m.
Mountain Ridge Little League’s Bradley Stone hit a first-inning grand slam today at the Little League World Series in a 13-2 four-inning victory against Jackie Robinson Little League of Illinois.
Mountain Ridge of Las Vegas, the first Nevada team to reach the World Series, hit three home runs in the fourth inning to take a double-digit lead and win by the mercy rule.
The game ends by the mercy rule if a team leads by 10 or more runs after four innings. Thursday, Mountain Ridge won its opener at the World Series by the mercy rule, 12-2, against a team from South Dakota.
Mountain Ridge had 13 runs, 13 hits and five home runs today.
In the fourth, Dominic Clayton hit a two-run home run, and Zach Hare and Austin Kryszczuk followed with solo home runs. Kryszczuk hit two home runs in the win, and is 5 for 6 in two World Series games. Today, Mountain Ridge's batters Nos. 1-4 — Hare, Kryszczuk, Brennan Holligan and Stone — combined to bat 8 for 12 with four home runs, 11 RBIs and eight runs scored.
“We are were having so much fun,” Kryszczuk told ABC after the game. “The whole journey has been a blast.”
In the third inning, Hare and Kryszczuk had run-scoring singles for Mountain Ridge, and Holligan had a RBI double. Holligan pitched a four-inning complete game with six strikeouts to earn the pitching decision.
“I felt in control. I felt every pitch was working for me,” Holligan told ABC.
Mountain Ridge is off until Wednesday against an opponent to be determined later today. If it wins Wednesday, it would advance to the U.S. championship game.