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July 2, 2008 > Niles-Centerville teams win 3 of 4 District 14 TOC titles

Niles-Centerville teams win 3 of 4 District 14 TOC titles

2008 Junior Giants, Senior Mets, and Minor White Sox all win

By NCLL parents Jill Erickson, Sonia Patron, Daren Courter

NCLL Giants shut out NNLL Giants 10-0 for junior title
The Junior Giants from Niles-Centerville Little League took their 18-4 season record into the 2008 TOC tournament and claimed the CA District 14 Junior TOC Championship by blanking the Newark National Little League Giants 10-0 on June 25. During their 22 regular season games, NCLL outscored their opponents an average of 10-5. They raised the bar to 11-3 during their 3 postseason games.

NCLL opened by roasting the Newark American LL Orioles 16-5 in 100 degree heat last Saturday in the first round behind the pitching of Zuri Chu-Hall. Alec Ferber, Brandon Ridge, Gabe Cretella, Luis Rodriguez, and Chris Erickson all hit doubles, and Cretella added a 2-run HR to pad the score.

NCLL won 6-3 on Monday night against the Mission San Jose LL A's. One key was the Giants strong pitching, 10 strikeouts and only 5 hits. Cretella led the way with 8 of those Ks in the 5 innings he pitched, and the Giants defense kept all the outs in the infield except one. Add 6 runs on 11 Giants hits, including a mammoth triple by Chu-Hall, doubles by Cretella and Erickson, and two hits by Marshall Duffy, and the Giants prevailed.

The NNLL Giants beat Fremont American in the first round 5-2, and then the Warm Springs Giants 7-5 to advance to the Championship game.

The Championship game between NCLL and NNLL on June 25 guaranteed a win for the Giants... just not which league. NNLL tried to get something going in the 2nd, but NCLL pitcher Brandon Ridge got out of the inning with bases loaded. NCLL responded with 5 runs in the second inning, sparked by Tyler Brown's 2 RBI double to take the lead for the rest of the game. NCLL added doubles by Cretella and Ferber, and won 10-0 in 5 innings. The Giants picked off NNLL runners in both the 3rd and 4th innings, and made a quick 7-6-2 relay to catch an additional out at the plate. Ridge pitched a complete game shut-out for the Giants to take home the Championship banner.

For the three game TOC tournament: Giants pitchers had 20 strikeouts; Giants catchers caught 7 runners stealing extra bases; Cretella had a HR, 3 doubles, and 6 RBIs; Ferber had 2 doubles and 5 RBIs; while season batting leaders Erickson went .600 with 2 doubles and Ridge was .560 with 5 RBIs.

NCLL Senior Mets Beat WSLL 10-3 for Senior Title

The Senior Mets from Niles-Centerville Little League took home the Senior TOC Championship with a 10-3 victory over the Seniors from Warm Springs Little League.

Niles drew a bye in the first round of the tournament then beat Mission San Jose's Seniors 12-7 to enter the final round. Starting pitcher Athen Sinodinos had a great game striking out 10 batters and hitting 3-5. Sean O'Hare hit a two run homerun, his first of the season, with a shot over the left field fence. O'Hare also closed the game, pitching the last two innings, allowing no runs and striking out four. Alex Celeya went 3 for 4 and Roger Branco helped Niles out with a bases loaded single in the 6th that scored the final two runs of the game.

Warm Springs played Centerville American in the opening round and won 8-6, then squeezed by Fremont American 7-6 in the second round before running into NCLL in the Championship Game.

The Championship game seemed to start slow. Warm Springs scored a run in the first inning then Niles came back in the second with a run. By the third inning with two outs and two Niles runners on, starting pitcher Robert Higares hit a 3 run homerun over the fence in right-center. Higares would later get a double for his second hit of the game. Warm Springs couldn't catch up from there. Athen Sinodinos went 3 for 3 and Roger Branco would add 3 more RBI's to his credit for the tournament. Defensively, center fielder Cody Lebon made an outstanding catch in the fifth for the third out to hold the threat of Warm Springs scoring again. Pitching, Higares had 9 strike outs and walked only one batter. In the 7th inning with two outs, Higares was pulled because he had reached his pitch count limit leaving him to fall one out short of a complete game. Alex Celeya came in to close the game. Only facing three batters, Celeya ended it with a strikeout.

NCLL Minor White Sox Crush NNLL 17-5 for Minor Title

The Minor A White Sox from Niles-Centerville Little League took their 17-3 regular season record into the CA District 14 2008 Minor TOC tournament and continued their role by defeating the Giants from Newark National 17-5 in the championship game on June 26. During the regular season, the White Sox outscored their opponents an average of 13-6. During post season play, they extended their dominance by averaging a winning margin of 15-6.

For the White Sox, the TOC games brought more of the same, solid pitching, good defense and timely hitting. Pitching leaders included Chris Llanos, Adam Courter, Dom Amaral, Jake Gordon, and Nick Coumou. Defensive leaders included Alejandro Lemus at 2nd base and Johnny DenBleyker behind the plate. Several players significantly picked-up their hitting in the TOC. Those players included Tyler Gray, Alexyz Lemus, Dylan Pegueros and Jordon Dixon. It was, as always, an all-around team effort!

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