Lafayette Little League's 11-year-old all-star team made history last week, winning the program's first ever Northern California divisional title.

The team completed a dominating playoff run by winning five straight games at the Division II championships in Fresno after losing in the second round of the double-elimination tournament.

Lafayette needed to beat River Park twice to clinch the title. After a 15-3 win in the first game, Lafayette hung on for a 6-5 victory in the last game of the season.

Sam Heyman and Drew Davidson each delivered two-run homers, and Jake Delaney pitched 5 1/3 strong innings in the decisive game. Patrick McLin then induced a game-ending double-play ball with the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth to finish off the win.

Lafayette played 17 games in four weeks, going 15-2 and outscoring opponents 147-55.

Seven players combined for 21 home runs, led by Heyman (nine homers 32 RBIs), Brady Huchingson (three homers, 18 RBIs), John Kalil (three homers) and Mitchell Franklin (two homers).

Heyman, Kalil, Delaney and JT Byers anchored the pitching staff with Cole Murgia, Tucker Gannon and McLin providing help in relief.

Catcher Jason Vorhauer and outfielder Duke Varrellman led the defense.

The team accomplished its goal despite losing starting pitcher Thatcher Hurd to injury.

The team was also the first in Lafayette Little League history to win a sectional title and the fourth to win a district title. The divisional tournament is as far as the 11-year-old team can go, but next year it will be eligible to qualify for the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.


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Lafayette was coached by Nick Murgia and Jason Vorhauer. Jim Huchingson was the manager.

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