SEELEY — Gabriel Item blasted a two-run home run in the top of the sixth to lift Imperial over Calexico 2-1 here Monday in the 11-12-year-old District 22 Little League all-star championship game.
"I saw the ball and I knew I was going to hit it," said Item. "I saw it all the way."
Item's homer came with two outs in the top of the sixth with Spencer Drury on first after a walk.
Pedro Ramirez accounted for the only Calexico run when he smacked a homer in the bottom of the fifth that looked like it put Imperial on ice.
"I was impressed," said Imperial coach Alfred Moore of Ramirez's home run.
Moore added he would not have felt terrible had the lone Calexico score been enough to beat his team.
"Calexico's a dangerous team," Moore said. "You don't want to give them any confidence."
The Ramirez home run was one of only three hits allowed by Imperial pitcher Victor Martinez, who started in place of injured Brock Moore.