PALO ALTO — Elimination games have yet to begin and every team is still alive in the double-elimination District 52 Little League All-Star Majors Tournament.
With just four teams left in the winners’ bracket, though, both San Mateo teams are sitting pretty through Sunday play. San Mateo American won its second straight at Mitchell Park with a 6-2 victory over San Carlos. San Mateo National rolled to its second straight with a 14-1 win over Half Moon Bay.
San Mateo American was powered by Luke Miller, who homered for the second straight day. American manager John Hickey, however, is asking his team to exercise some amnesia about their winners’ bracket standing.
“For us, our mentality going into this thing is: One game at a time, one inning at a time, really one pitch at a time,” Hickey said. “… So, today I told the kids, we won, enjoy it, but now it’s the past.”
With American leading 1-0, Miller belted a two-run shot in the third inning against San Carlos, driving it to the opposite field to clear the fence in right. He previously homered in American’s 12-1 win Saturday over Belmont-Redwood Shores, a game in which Miller also earned the victory on the mound.
“It was a really tough at-bat because that’s a really tough pitcher,” Hickey said. “He just made an adjustment, so he went with the ball and hit it out.”
Sunday’s starting pitcher Robert Wolfgramm did the rest, holding San Carlos in check. San Carlos opened the tournament Saturday with a 21-0 mercy-rule win over Redwood City. Wolfgramm held them in check, though, allowing two runs on seven hits through five-plus innings.
“He pitched great,” Hickey said.
Right-hander Richie Calderon entered in the sixth to close out the win.
American now advances to the winners’ bracket quarterfinals to face Alpine in Palo Alto Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
San Mateo National hung three crooked numbers on Half Moon Bay for a four-inning, mercy-rule win. And National starting pitcher Josh Jacobs allowed one run on one hit to record the complete-game victory.
Noah Greenspan enjoyed the big day at the plate for National, going 4 for 4 with four singles and an RBI. In Saturday’s 4-2 win over Pacifica American, Greenspan shined on the mound, working 2 1/3 innings of perfect relief with five strikeouts to earn the win.
National advances to the winners’ bracket quarterfinals to take on Palo Alto Thursday at Mitchell Field at 5 p.m.
Elimination games begin Monday with Redwood City taking on Belmont-Redwood Shores at Mitchell Park at 5 p.m., and Pacifica National taking on Half Moon Bay at 7:30 p.m.