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July 24, 2007 > District 14 wins Section 3 Tournament to move onto Divisional play

District 14 wins Section 3 Tournament to move onto Divisional play

Submitted By Barbara Fuhs

Mission San Jose Little League of Fremont, from District 14, won the Section 3 championship game by defeating a team from Lathrop 12-5. This was the second time these teams faced each other in the Sectional Tournament.

In the first game of the tournament, Mission came back from a 4-3 deficit to beat Lathrop 9-4. Highlights of the game included a two run home run off the bat of Jacob Andresen who also singled in another run earlier in the game. Brian Wihl slammed a double for MSJ while Josh Burnett and Spencer Peterson pounded out singles. In addition, Peterson reached base safely five times, which included a walk and three times getting hit by the pitch (Ouch)! Ryan Mahuron also contributed an RBI with a groundout and Kevon Barton got on base three times via two bases on balls and a hit by the pitch. With Mission trailing 4-1 entering the seventh inning, a game-tying rally was started by Nick O'Leary who led off with a walk and was advanced to second by Ethan Torrence. O'Leary eventually scored the first of three runs in the inning which sent the game into extra innings after a shut-down bottom of the seventh. Mission then exploded for five runs in the top of the eighth inning to put the game away.

Lathrop's offense was led by Mario Cadena who doubled and singled, Zack Holzer's RBI double and Jon Nunes' double. Steven Rallios contributed an RBI single and J.T. Teixeira rounding out the hitting with a single.

In the second game of the winner's bracket, Mission beat San Lorenzo 8-4. Peterson led off with a single for MSJ and scored on Mahuron's fielder's choice. Andresen then followed with his second, two-run homer of the tournament. San Lorenzo answered back with a run after Eric Smith singled and Jon Cerruti drove him home. Mission added four runs in the fourth when David Roche led off with a hit and took second on a wild pitch. Barton racked up an RBI with a single that followed. Peterson rapped out another single, made his way to third and scored on Wihl's sacrifice fly. For San Lorenzo, Patrick Byac led off the fourth with a hit and was able to score on a wild pitch. Mission added two more runs when Andresen and Burnett each singled and scored. Wihl would add a double later in the game. San Lorenzo was able to score again on a double by Sean Phillips.

Mahuron pitched superbly for Mission into the sixth inning, giving up only three earned runs and striking out four. Greg Oliveira did a great job behind the plate for the winners, throwing out two runners attempting to steal and adding four other assists.

The championship game was close until Mission broke loose in the fifth inning, scoring eight runs, which led to the final score of 12-5. MSJ scored first when Peterson and Wihl singled and Burnett banged a double for two runs batted in. Lathrop came back by scoring three runs on singles by Cadena and Nunes who then scored on Rallios' three-run home run over the fence in right field. Andresen answered Rallios' shot with one of his own in the following inning to tie the score 3-3. The fifth inning saw five consecutive hits by Mission including a two-run double by Barton, a lead-off single by Eric Gwynn, and an RBI single by Oliveira. Nick O'Leary got on base twice in the inning and scored along with Eric Fuhs, David Roche, and Wihl. Defensively, John Nolan made a great catch on Bobby Mejorado's hard hit ball to right field to save a run. Gwynn did a good job pitching for six innings before giving way to Andresen who pitched a flawless seventh to nail down the championship.

Mission, representing Section 3, advanced to California Division 2 (NorCal) Tournament play which began July 20th at Branham Hills Little League in San Jose. Winner of Division 2 moves on to the Western Region tournament in Salem, Oregon. The winner of the Western Region plays for the National Championship in Bangor, Maine. This is the second time in four years that Manager Mark Rowell has led a Senior All-Star team from Mission San Jose to the Divisional Tournament. Coaches for this year's Senior team are Frank Gwynn and Wayne Chung.

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