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July 3, 2007 > Glass slipper a perfect fit for Cinderella team

Glass slipper a perfect fit for Cinderella team

The glass slipper fit the WSLL Junior Reds as they ended a magical season with a 7-5 victory over the Niles-Centerville Junior Dodgers on Monday evening at Niles-Centerville Junior Field. With the victory, the Reds claimed the District 14 TOC Junior Championship.

The road to the finals started off rocky as the Reds had to overcome an 8-2 deficit in their first tournament game to win by a score of 10-9 over the Fremont American A's. A 6-run fourth inning rally was capped by a 2 out, 2 RBI single by Derek Block to tie the game. In extra innings, the Reds Matt Wallace and Adrian Alvarez executed a perfect squeeze play to plate the winning run.

In the semi-final game of the tourney, the Reds overpowered the Mission San Jose Angels, 10-1. Jumping to a 10-0 lead in the third inning, the Reds rode the pitching of Henry Wang to victory.

The Reds entered the Championship game as a huge underdog, having lost twice to the Dodgers in the regular season. Warm Springs jumped out to an early 4-0 lead chasing Dodger starter, Bryce Fryan after 1 1/3 innings. Richie Pangelinan homered to deep left field to make the score 5-1 after 3 innings. The Dodgers got back in the game with 2 runs in the fourth to make the score 5-3, but the Warm Springs Reds were not to be denied this evening as Catcher Eric Harmon nailed 2 runners at the plate on perfect relay throws from Henry Wang. Adrian Alvarez pitched a strong 6 1/3 innings before closer Steven Feltner came on to get the final two outs. Feltner, Alvarez and Richard Crinigan combined for 11 hits to lead the Reds attack.

The Reds finished the regular season with a 16-8 record and a perfect 5-0 post season mark. They were led to the TOC District tourney by Michael Muldoon's home run and defeated the Junior Giants in the WSLL Title game last week. The balance of the Reds Roster includes Dwight Dean, Melissa Heaton, Krishan Rao and Marc Rosado. The team was coached by Steve Block, Junior Alvarez and Pat Muldoon.

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