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WHAT A COMEBACK ... The 2022 Palo Alto Little League City Championship ended with a faceoff between the final two teams: Bike Connection and Agile. Bike Connection was a strong contender with 15 regular season wins heading into the tournament, but surprisingly suffered its first loss on May 21 to Agile, which walked away with an 11-3 win, according to league registrar Richard Sousa. Agile's Paxton Liu pitched a complete game that day for his team, which had previously only won three regular season games. The final, winner-take-all game between both teams on May 23 drew a large crowd to the Palo Alto ballpark on Middlefield Road, Sousa said. Bike Connection kicked off the showdown with four runs in the first inning, with help from James Young's two-out, three-run double. Agile's Liu responded with a double play that ended the second inning. Bike Connection brought its "clutch hitting," which carried the team through the season to the game, as seen through Alex Tran's two-out single in the third inning that elevated his team 7-1. Agile fought back at the bottom of the third inning with a rally that was kicked off by Seabastian Tung's single and continued with a two-out, RBI single, according to Sousa. Ultimately, Bike Connection won the tournament 17-7, but Agile took the loss with grace. "No one gave us a chance in the tournament," Agile manager Mark Burton said. "Starting as a number five seed, we turned this into a positive." Bike Connection manager Rich Kimble applauded his team, who he called "a special group of kids."

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