The Belmont-Redwood Shores Majors Little League team is making winning look way too easy.
After a 48-hour break that began with winning their third straight District 52 crown, the squad managed by Rudy Lopez headed to San Lorenzo and went 2-0 to start its trek towards a Section 3 crown. And in disposing of San Ramon Little League and Mission San Jose (of Districts 57 and 14 respectively), Belmont-Redwood Shores did it with a whole lot of offensive firepower and are now just a win away from a Section 3 championship.
In Game 1 against San Ramon, Belmont-Redwood Shores scored 11 runs and won 11-6.
The visiting team, BRS got things rolling in the first with doubles by Dominic Susa and Sean Lee, and a single by Taylor Douglis that accounted for four runs.
With Lee having pitched the District 52 championship game against Redwood City a couple of days before, Nicolas Lopez was handed the ball and surrendered a pair of runs to San Ramon to make it 4-2.
Then, Lopez got into major trouble in the second and allowed San Ramon to take a 5-4 lead.
But just like they’ve done all postseason long, the Belmont-Redwood Shore bats all seem to awaken at just the right time.
In the third, Jake Stulbarg hit a double, while Susa and Daniel Friis singled to get the comeback going. Then, Noah Marcelo, arguably the hottest Belmont bat at the moment, continued his Player of the Summer pace with a three-run bomb that capped a five-run inning for the visitors.
Brad Shimabuku took the mound to relieve Lopez starting the third frame.
San Ramon got one run back to make it 9-6 heading into the sixth. But, once again, the offensive force that is Marcelo struck, this time for a two-run shot that capped the Belmont-Redwood Shores scoring.
The offensive groove carried over to Sunday’s game for Belmont and this time, Shimabuku was just as dominant on the mound as BRS was with the bats.
As a result, Belmont beat Mission San Jose with a 11-1 decision in just four innings of play. San Jose scored its lone run in the top of the first. But all that seemed to do was ignite the Belmont-Redwood Shores fire.
In the bottom of the first, Lopez hit a single and that knock was followed by back-to-back jacks courtesy of Shimabuku and Lee that helped Belmont take a 4-1 lead.
In the second, Marcelo was up to this old self, picking up his third home run of the weekend — this one of the two-run variety — to make it 6-1 in favor of BRS.
In the bottom of the fourth, Lopez got in on the home run action with a two-run tater that Lee replicated shortly after to make it 10-1. Then, with two out, Stulbarg stepped up to the plate and hit a double. He’d later scored the game-winning run on a Douglis single to centerfield.
Belmont-Redwood Shores is now a perfect 7-0 this postseason.
District 52 hasn’t had a 11/12 Majors champion in Section 3 since 2006 when Palo Alto National won. Locally, the history is worse — San Mateo County is without a winner since 1994 when Alpine/West Menlo took the title. Before then, there was a 20-year gap — 1974 with San Mateo National.
With its win on Sunday, Belmont-Redwood Shores advances to the Section 3 title game with an opponent that is yet to be determined.