SUNBEAM LAKE — There was nothing that could stop the Brawley Little League Padres from earning a shot at the District 22 inter-city major league championship here Wednesday.
Not the undefeated Holtville Braves and not a 25-minute delay due to the protest of an illegal substitution by the Padres.
After beating the protest, the Padres beat the Braves 8-2 to force a final championship game to be played at 7:30 p.m. Friday on field No. 1. Because the tourney is double-elimination, the Braves have to lose twice before the Padres can claim the title.
"We really wanted to win this game. We didn't want to come in second place. We want to win it all," said Brawley pitcher Justin Tamayo, who notched a complete game, striking out seven and allowing three hits. "I think we were gonna win no matter what. We just wanted this game."
Already up 7-2 after five innings, Holtville protested an illegal substitution by Brawley in the bottom of the fifth. With the alleged infraction, official rules stipulate the game should have been forfeited. However, after nearly a half hour deliberation, the sides decided the game would not be forfeited.