The Commack Little League team has generated so much excitement during its thrilling run on the West Coast this week.
Even in defeat, Commack gave the 700 people watching via livestream Friday night plenty of reasons to cheer during its 4-3 loss to Wellington Recreation Little League (Florida) in Little League Baseball's Intermediate World Series in Livermore, California. The Intermediate Division consists of players ages 13 and 14.
Jack Reardon led off the game with a double to left and scored on Travis Krzemienski's hard grounder past shortstop to give Commack a 1-0 lead.
After Wellington took a 2-1 lead in the second, Brandon Vlacancich, Commack's No. 9 hitter, belted one over the centerfield wall for a two-run homer that gave Commack a 3-2 advantage.
Four singles by Wellington off lefthander Jake Krzemienski, Travis' twin, translated into two runs in the third.
For Commack (4-1 heading into the game), each of its wins was more exciting than the previous. In its first game, Jake Krzemienski hit two homers to lead Commack past California, 8-7. California had runners on second and third with no out in the bottom of the seventh, but Tim McHugh retired the next three batters.
On Tuesday, Commack coasted to a 6-1 win over Hawaii behind 51/3 scoreless innings from Jake Krzemienski. Reardon went 3-for-3 with three runs, and McHugh hit a two-run homer.
Commack won in a walk-off on Wednesday when Jake Krzemienski's double scored brother Travis for a 6-5 victory against California. On Thursday, Commack scored nine runs in the final two innings for a 15-11 win over Texas.