NL teams sweep American in Major League

Pete Garcia, Alice Echo-News Journal

The major leaguers are the big boys of Little League baseball and they played like it in the city championships Friday night - especially the National League teams.

The National League returned the favor from the night before by sweeping the American League in the third place and first place games. On Thursday, it was the American League which swept the National in the minor league championship games

In Friday's games, the National League Mets did what no one no other team in the American League could do by beating the Astros.

The Astros entered Friday's city championship game undefeated.

But when it was finally over, the Astros had their first loss to the tune of 16-4.

Justin Martinez led the way for the Mets from the mound by striking out nine batters. The Astros only highlight came in the fourth inning when Kevin Saldana put his team on the scoreboard with a two-run home run.

The long ball was the story line in the third place game where the NL Braves beat the AL Angels, 12-8 behind back-to-back home runs by Eric Salinas.

Salinas homered in the third and fifth innings of the game.

On Thursday, the American League swept the National League in the minor league championship games.

Little League

City Championships

at Optimist Park

Thursday

Minor League

(9 and 10 year olds)

Third-Place Game

AL Devil Rays 13, NL Knights 12

City Championship

AL White Soxs 12, NL Hooks 11

Friday

Major League

(11 and 12 year olds)

Third-Place Game

NL Braves 12, AL Angels 8

City Championship

NL Mets 16, AL Astros 4