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May 15, 2007 > Niles-Centerville Little League

Niles-Centerville Little League

Submitted By Marta Vera Leon and Jill Erickson

May 5 game summaries

D'backs 13, White Sox 3
White Sox strong defensive efforts weren't enough this time for a talented D'backs team.

Evric Gray and Alex Rodriguez worked with Jared Kozak and Jeff Collins as the game's primary pitchers and catchers. Evric and Alex were both quick to back-up on first base and partnered with all of their basemen to handle some tough plays.

Outstanding defense came from Ken Oliver at second and Ezekiel Perez at shortstop; Damian Ulloa and Paolo Delgado teamed to protect third. Oliver made an exciting unassisted out at 2nd base. In the 2nd inning, Damian Ulloa wowed the fans with a running catch past third base. But it was outfielder, Evan Embrey, who rightfully earned the coveted White Sox game ball for his stellar play.

Offensive output wasn't what the Sox hoped, but Paolo and Alex were the game's power hitters, smacking some huge hits into the outfield. Both players showed heads-up hustle on base paths too.

Junior Dodgers 13, WSLL Reds 9
Our Dodgers continued their winning ways in Warm Springs on Saturday, beating the Reds on a warm and very windy afternoon. The dust was blowing, spectators were sneezing, and players from both teams had a hard time judging fly balls. Reds struck first, scoring 2 runs on 3 Dodgers errors. It took the Dodgers once through the lineup before they figured out Red's pitcher Wong's pitching style. Score was 4-4 after 3 innings. After scoring 4 runs in the 4th to take an 8-5 lead, the Dodgers added 5 more runs in the top of the 7th.

For the game, Michael Lee took advantage of 3 Reds errors and led the Dodgers with 4 RBIs, scoring three times without a hit. Bryce Fryan scored 2 runs on 4 hits with 3 RBIs; and John Normoyle contributed 2 key hits. Bryce struck out five Reds in two innings of pitching. Justin Dhanda then took over, shutting the Reds down until they mounted a 4-run comeback on more Dodgers errors in the bottom of the 7th. After 97 pitches, Justin was pulled for Michael Leecame and threw one pitch to the final batter who ground out to Justin.

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