SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - Until Tuesday night, no one had laid a glove on the Nevada champ. Chandler National landed haymaker after haymaker.
Green Valley of Henderson, Nev., entered its final game of pool play at the Little League West Regional unbeaten in three games and unscored upon.
Chandler National used three homers to put up nine runs in the second inning on the way to a 13-6 victory at Al Houghton Stadium.
Skyler Palermo, Seth Fretheim, Luke Parrish and Jake McCann homered for Chandler National.
McCann was 3-for-4 with four runs batted in, and Fretheim was 3-for-4 with two RBIs.
Kyle Pechloff went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI.
Chandler National will play its final pool game at 11:45 a.m. today against Waipio, the Hawaii state champion.
The top four teams from pool play advance to a single elimination bracket, which begins Thursday. Chandler is 3-0 and assured of advancing and will be the top seed. Green Valley also will advance.
“We knew they hadn’t been scored on,’’ Chandler National manager Jeff Parrish said. “We also knew they were going to advance and they were going to save some arms. And we saved some, too.”
In 14 tournament games, Green Valley had never given up more than four runs in a game. That changed quickly.
Pechloff opened the second with a double. He took third when the catcher Taylor Anderson lost the ball on a pitch. After Dalton Krum walked, Jake McCann’s infield hit brought Pechloff home. Palermo hit a towering homer to left field to make it 4-1.
The rally didn’t stop there, as Connor Woods hit a dribbler in front of the plate that he beat out for a single.
Gaetano Visconti came in to relieve. After a foul out, Fretheim lofted a homer to left center to make it 6-1.
Cody Bellinger walked. Luke Parrish then sent a line drive to straightaway center field that barely cleared the fence for another homer to make it 8-1.
One out later, Dalton Krum doubled to right and went to third on a pitch that went to the screen. McCann got his second RBI single of the inning to make it 9-1.
Palermo then doubled to give Chandler National runners on second third but Green Valley was able to escape without further damage.
In the second inning. Palermo struck out the side.
In the top of the third, Visconti singled and later scored on McGovern’s hit. Krum got a strikeout to end the inning.
McCann hit a two-run homer in the fourth after Pechloff hit his second double to extend Chandler National’s lead to 11-2.
In the fifth inning, Bellinger reached on an error and scored on a single by Pechloff.
Alec Hutt and McGovern hit bases-empty homers for Green Valley in the bottom of the fifth.
Boston Whitlow scored on a wild pitch in the sixth to give Chandler National a 13-5 lead.
Green Valley added two runs in the sixth inning.