Little League: Penn Valley season ends |

Little League: Penn Valley season ends

Two straight losses ended Penn Valley’s season, but not before the Little League Major All-Star team went further than any other Little League team at any level in Penn Valley history, according to coach Rich Benevento.

“I just want to thank all my players and coaches for an outstanding tournament,” Benevento said after Sunday night’s 13-1 loss to Sunrise. “We had a great run through districts, a great run through sections and every one of the individual players played hard.”

The team opened the section tournament with a 4-0 win over Antelope National on Thursday and looked to do the same against Land Park (District 7) on Saturday, heading into the bottom of the final inning with a 4-0 lead. However, starter Dusty Zeisler had thrown 85 pitches and had to be pulled. Land Park scored six for the 6-4 come-from-behind win.

A victory Sunday would have propelled the squad into the section championship game.

“It really was a heck of a run,” Benevento said. “These players and my assistant coaches – Wade Lujan and Kris Hansen – were just great this year. I want to thank each player individually for their hard work.”

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