VSLL 9-11 baseball All-Stars a win away from title game

Iten’s walk-off homer gives Viera-Suntree 5-4 win


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Luc Iten (No. 20), shown here after hitting a home run in the district final, belted a walk-off homer in the bottom of the sixth to give the Viera-Suntree Little League 9-11 baseball team a 5-4 victory over Oviedo Saturday in DeLand.

VIERA VOICE

Thanks to a walk-off home run by Luc Iten, the Viera-Suntree Little League 9-11 All-Star baseball team is one step closer to advancing to the state championship game.

Iten’s blast in the bottom of the sixth inning gave the VSLL a 5-4 win over Oviedo Saturday afternoon in DeLand.

Viera-Suntree (2-0) will play Sarasota (2-0) tonight at 7 in the final game of pool play. The winner will advance to Sunday’s state championship game, which is set for 10 a.m.

After falling behind 1-0 in the top of the first, Viera-Suntree answered with three runs in the bottom of the frame. Iten led off with a double, tagged and went to third on a fly ball and scored on a wild pitch that was ball four to Apollos Horrell. Luke Campbell then hit the first pitch he saw for a two-run homer to center field.

The lead increased to 4-1 I the bottom of the second when Lucas Glendinning singled and eventually scored on a single by Horrell.

Oviedo would get a home run in the third and a two-run shot in the top of the sixth to tie the game before Iten’s heroics gave Viera-Suntree the win.

In order to minimize pitch counts, the VSLL went with four pitchers on the day. Jaden Mack gave up a run while striking out two. Glendinning followed, allowing no runs while striking out one. Anthony Soehnlein struck out two and gave up a run in his time on the mound. Horrell was the last pitcher, giving up two runs and striking out two over two innings.

Iten went 2-for-4 on the day with a double, a home run, two runs scored and an RBI. He also made a pair of nice defensive plays on slow choppers to third base.

Mack went 3-for-3 on the day. Glendinning went 2-for-3 with a run scored. Horrell went 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored. PJ Befumo had a hit and was hit by a pitch.

Soehnlein made a sliding catch in right field to kill a potential big inning for Oviedo in the top of the fifth.