The Rancho Santa Fe Little League recently congratulated and honored the division champions: Rookie League Champion - Thunder; AAA League Champion - Phillies; and Majors Champion - Cubs (see photos above). The second-seeded Padres jump-started the game with three runs in the top of the first inning against the top-seeded Cubs and starting pitcher Spencer Rydin. A leadoff double by Padres starter Nicholas Nielsen, a single by Luke Mikolajewski, and a triple down the right field line by Mitchell Caulfield were the key hits in the Padres’ rally. The Cubs got a run back in the bottom of the inning on an RBI groundout by Kenny Berg. From there, Rydin and Nielsen settled in, and it was still 3-1 Padres entering the bottom of the third.
Singles by Rydin and Alex Styrt, followed by a walk of Jackie Plashkes, loaded the bases for Mike Schreiber with one out. Schreiber delivered a rocket into the left field corner for an inside-the-park grand slam that turned the momentum over to the Cubs.
The Cubs’ defense helped Rydin with fine outfield defense by Dennis Smith and by turning a double play up the middle in the fourth. Schreiber relieved Rydin with one out in the fifth and struck out two Padres to end a threat.
Rydin added an insurance run for the Cubs with a solo homer to deep left field in the bottom of the inning.
In the sixth, Jackson Baer doubled off the centerfield fence, but the Padres’ rally fell short as Rydin and Schreiber combined to allow only the three first-inning runs. The Cubs, 12-5 during the regular season, were crowned RSFLL Majors champions by a final score of 6-3.