CORONA DEL MAR — As the strikeouts mounted, Nick Premer knew his pitches were mounting, as well.
Newport Beach Little League Majors Division players are allowed 85 pitches a day.
Premer was masterful with every one.
After coming in to close out the third inning, Premer went the rest of the way, his longest outing of the season for Chamberlain Group.
He struck out the first seven batters he faced. Lucky for the Chamberlain team, he struck out the last one, as well.
On his 85th and final pitch, Premer produced his 16th strikeout, and then prepared for his teammates to mob him.
Chamberlain Group had just outlasted Fleming's, 3-2, in an epic nine-inning Majors Division championship game Saturday at Lincoln Elementary.
"It was great to win another championship," said Premer, who had won his first Majors title two years ago. "It was a lot of fun."
Premer, who struck out 16 of the 20 batters he faced and allowed no hits and one walk, was the one not talking much after the game.