Las Vegas clinched the first of the two berths in Sunday's Winner's Bracket Final with a 12-2 seven inning victory on Saturday night over Moline, Illinois. The Western Regional Champs jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two innings and never looked back. They combined twelve hits, seven walks, and two Moline errors to hammer the Great Lakes representative.
Dusty Stevens got the win for Las Vegas, while starter Dakota Bacus took the loss for Moline. Leading the way offensively for Las Vegas were Julian Cutolo, the team's Designated Hitter, who went 3 for 4, drove in five runs, and added a run scored, and leadoff hitter Jake Hager, who also had his own 3 for 4 day and scored three runs. Grant Jasper and Emilio Alonso each had two hits for Moline.
Both teams will play Sunday. Moline, now 42-8, will play in Game 9 against Roseburg, Oregon. Las Vegas (48-15) moves on to Game 11 against the winner of the Eden Prairie, MN - Midwest City, OK game, which will be played late Saturday night.