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July 10, 2007 > All-Star Teams play in District 14 contests

All-Star Teams play in District 14 contests

Mission San Jose Little League Junior All-Stars (13-14 year olds) reached the semi-finals (winner's bracket final) before falling and moving to the losers' bracket.

In its first All-Stars' action, MSJ rolled to a 19-0 win over Newark National, behind steady pitching from Chris Gonzalez and Daniel Stanley. Chris Gaines belted a double and a triple, while Kevin Roche and Coren Randall smacked three hits apiece. Joey Cantrell added a triple and a single.

In the second round, a potent offense carried the Junior All-Stars into the semifinals of the District 14 tournament. MSJ outlasted Warm Springs 15-10, relying on a nine run second inning. In batting around in the second, Randall had a pair of hits and two RBI's while Roche drove in a pair of runs with a single. Over the course of the game, catcher Roche finished with a pair of hits and kept Warm Springs in check by gunning down two runners attempting to steal. He also tagged out another runner at the plate which halted a late Warm Springs' rally. Stanley contributed to the victory by rapping out three hits for MSJ, while Gonzalez crushed a double and a triple with two RBI's. Tyler Strand closed the game for the victors with shutout pitching over the sixth and seventh innings.

Winners' bracket final saw Mission fall to Niles-Centerville on NC's home field, 14-8. MSJ Juniors would now have to win the losers' bracket before getting another crack at undefeated NC. However, Missions' Juniors fell, 9-8, to Warm Springs in the consolation bracket final to end their season. With Niles well rested while awaiting the losers' bracket winner, they now only have to win one of a possible two games against Warm Springs to move on to Sectional play. WS must win both games to advance in the Little League tournament.

Majors (11-12)
Majors action saw Mission open District play with a 12-1 shellacking of Fremont American in a game called after five innings because of the ten run mercy rule. In the victory, MSJ pounded out fourteen hits including three home runs, while star pitcher, Scott Havard, pitch all five innings, giving up just three hits, all singles, and striking out eight. Mission opened the scoring in the first when Reid Marion came home on a wild pitch. A five run second got MSJ out to a comfortable lead as Kevin Finch and Adam Curtis led off the inning with hits followed by an RBI from Devon Jones. Jeff Chu then struck the big blow of the inning with a three run home run. Mission added another run in the fourth before putting the game away with another five run outburst in the fifth. This second power show featured back-to-back homers by Havard and Marion. Brandon Facha added two singles and an RBI for the victors while James Gaffey, Kenny Jacoby, Brandon Fuhs and Patrick Andresen also contributed to the hit parade.

For Fremont American, Megan Furtado pitched the first three innings and had one of FA's three hits. Other singles for FA were by A. Delehoy and C. Epps while R. Gallegos pitched the final two innings for the losers.

Mission's Majors won its second round game, 5-1, over Warm Springs and now will face
Niles-Centerville in the semi-finals (winners' bracket final) tonight, July 10, at 5:30 p.m.
The game will be played at Fremont American, 5301 Curtis St., behind Stratford School. Winner advances to the championship final needing to win just one of two games, if a second game is necessary. Loser must win the losers' bracket and then defeat the winners' bracket victor twice, to advance to sectional play. Manager for Mission is Joe Bellinger and is assisted by Coaches David Foster and Joe Facha.

9-10 Minors
Despite a brilliant pitching performance from Zach Strand, the MSJLL Gold Team fell to Centerville American 2-1. Strand struck out nine, walked two and allowed only two hits over 4 1/3 innings. Nathan Pope singled and scored the Gold's only run on an RBI single from Aaron Havard. Cade Nauman walked and added a single for the losers. The Gold Team had their chances, but two runners were thrown out at the plate.

In losers' bracket action, the Minors' Gold Team defeated Niles-Centerville Red Team, 11-9, before losing to Niles-Centerville Blue Team, 13-3, in a another game called because of the ten run mercy rule in the bottom of the fifth. Besides Havard, Nauman, Pope, and Strand, other Gold Team members playing their final game were Andrew Chang, Standley Chiang, Ryan Henderson, Aneesh Kauravlla, Austin King, Andrew Scott and Jordan Terbeek. Mitchell Broadwin and Aarsh Shah were unable to make the final game. Gold Team was led by Manager Kim Nauman and Coaches Chung Chang and Eric Terbeek.

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