VSLL Majors dominate Alabama 11-1 in Southeast Regional opener


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Finn Goldinger, shown here in the District 2 final, had a two-run single to highlight a seven-run second inning for the Viera-Suntree Little League Majors baseball team Friday in the Southeast Regional. The VSLL defeated Alabama 11-1 in the game, which was played in Warner Robins, Georgia.

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

The opening round of the Southeast Regional couldn’t have gone any better for the Suntree-Viera Little League All-Star Majors baseball team.

The VSLL scored seven runs in the second inning on the way to an 11-1, five-inning victory over Alabama on Friday in Warner Robins, Georgia to advance to the winner’s bracket.

Next up on what the VSLL hopes will end in a trip to the Little League World Series will be Georgia on Saturday night at 7. Georgia absolutely crushed West Virginia by a score of 23-0 in its first-round game.

Micah Cheatham led the way for the VSLL on Friday, going 3-for-3 with a run scored. Brandon Reiter had two hits and two RBIs. Fin Goldinger had a hit and drove in two. Austin Marshall had a hit, two RBIs and scored twice.

Jonah Peacock, Dominic Leoni, Izzy Birru and Colton Marshall all had one RBI.

Mikey Minarik, Robbie Caruso and Evan Lipski all had one hit.

On the mound, VSLL starter Brennan Confreda struck out five of the eight batters he faced and threw only 39 pitches before giving way to Deaglan McBride, who struck out three in 2 2/3 innings.

It was a scoreless game entering the bottom of the second inning.

After Leoni reached second base on an error in the Alabama outfield, Confreda walked and Birru singled up the middle to score Leoni and make it a 1-0 game.

Austin Marshall would then deliver a two-run single. He would later score on a wild pitch. A two-run double by Goldinger made it 6-0 and Leoni would add an RBI single to put the game well out of reach as the VSLL batted around in the inning.

The game would end when Peacock drew a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the fifth, giving the VSLL the win by the 10-run rule.