A late rally Wednesday sealed an 11-7 win by the Upper Keys all-stars over Doral in the Age 11-12 Little League District 8 Tournament in Key Largo.
The victory evened the Keys record at 1-1 in the district's South Pool, heading into a game at 11 a.m. today against Homestead (1-1) at the Key Largo Community Park.
"We did a better job hitting the ball and getting on base," said Majors assistant coach Jason Richards.
Kendall, emerging as the South Pool's top contender, blanked the Upper Keys, 10-0, in the tournament opener Tuesday. The Keys lineup never solved Kendall mound starter Matthew Fernandez.
On Wednesday, the Keys club delivered eight hits to outscore Doral (0-2).
The game stayed close with the Keys hanging onto a 9-7 lead in the late innings. Zach Webb and Dylan Walters each doubled in runs to help the Keys pull away. Bryce Bynum got the pitching decision in relief. Walters was the starting pitcher.
Homestead defeated Doral on Tuesday but fell short in a 2-1 pitching duel with Kendall on Wednesday.
Today's games will set seedings for the South Pool playoffs, scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday in Key Largo. The pool semifinal winners earn a spot in the district semifinals July 11.
The Key Largo Community Park hosts the Age 11-12 District 8 pennant game July 13 between North Pool and South Pool winners.
The Upper Keys team in the Age 9-10 tournament was scheduled to play in the District 8 semifinals earlier this week (results pending at press time).
The Age 9-10 district championship is scheduled for 11 a.m. Sunday in Key Largo.
An Upper Keys squad in the Little League Juniors (age 13-14) district tournament was eliminated from competition June 28.