July 3, 2007 > Recap of Mission San Jose Little Leagues' 2007 District 14 Tournament
Recap of Mission San Jose Little Leagues' 2007 District 14 Tournament
Big League Team (17-18 year olds)
Mission San Jose Warriors rode Joe Wood's fine three-hit shutout pitching to a 5-0 win over Fremont American Red Sox. Ryan Blanchet paced the offense with three hits and David Roche stroked a bases loaded single to score a pair of runs.
MSJ Angels routed the Newark American Tigers 20-0 in the opening round of their TOC before losing the semi-final contest to the Warm Springs Reds, 10-1. In the opener, the Angels' offense was led by two hits each from Nate Zucker, Chris Gonzalez and Kevin Roche, with Jason Teague and Roche each scoring four runs. The Angels also got solid pitching from Roche and Gonzalez. The Tigers conceded the game after three innings of play. In the semi-final, Roche led the Angels with three hits and got solid relief pitching from Gonzalez.
After going 21-1 during the regular season, the Braves finished the season 24-1 after
capturing the 2007 TOC. In the first round, the Braves romped 17-0 over the Nationals team from Centerville National Little League. Scott Havard was perfect through three innings as he struck out all nine batters he faced on just thirty-three pitches. James Gaffey pitched the fourth and final inning (ten run mercy rule ended the game) and retired all three batters he faced on only six pitches. Every Braves batter contributed at least one hit while Christian Flores, Terrence Hu, Reid Marion, Wyatt Ott, Havard and Gaffey, all scored two runs or more.
Before defeating Fremont American A's, 9-3, in the championship game, the Braves stopped Newark American Angels 11-8 behind Ott's four strong innings on the mound. Patrick Andresen gave the Braves an early lead with a first inning, three-run home run.
Strong play at third base by the Braves' Ryan Mark was instrumental in the Braves' winning effort while Matt Tang contributed by scoring a pair of runs. The MSJLL Majors' champions survived two homers from the Angels' Davey Duncan during the contest. In the final against the A's, it was again Havard who shined, as thirteen of the
eighteen outs recorded by Havard were by strike-out in his pitching dual against the
A's Megan Furtado. Julian Moncaleano added a first inning, two run homer for the FA squad.
Minor National (9-11)
Centerville American A's slipped past another Mission San Jose Braves' team in a 6-5 thriller. Andrew Chang crushed a two-run triple for the Braves, while Ryan Henderson contributed a double. The Braves got solid pitching from Aaron Havard. Chang made the play of the game with a terrific diving stop at second, before firing to first for the out.
All of MSJLL teams still playing are All-Star teams from the league's different age groups. Where the TOC was a single elimination contest for the District 14 league's champions, the All-Star team tournament will be double elimination in which a team
has to lose twice before going home for the summer. District winners then move onto
sectional play with those winners competing in the age group tournaments of NorCal.
More on these tournaments in the coming weeks of TCV.