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March 18, 2009 > Mission San Jose Little League opens 2009 season

Mission San Jose Little League opens 2009 season

Submitted By MSJLL parents

It might not have felt like baseball weather, but the calendar and hundreds of kids wearing new caps, cleats and big grins did not lie.

Mission San Jose Little League (MSJLL) opened another season on Saturday, March 14, with its traditional parade of teams, welcoming remarks from MSJLL President Andrew Hancock and a soaring rendition of the national anthem from 12-year-old Lynnea Shuck.

Sweatshirts and hot chocolate were hot sellers as teams opened on a chilly, overcast day. But there were few complaints as kids, parents and coaches were eager for yet another season to get underway.


Mets slipped past the Red Sox, 5-4, in a season-opening thriller, scoring on an errant throw in the bottom of the seventh. The Red Sox trailed, 4-2, going into the seventh. Down to their last out, the Sox used Dylan King's infield hit to plate the tying runs. The Mets' James Gaffey pitched four shutout innings, while Jeff Chu pitched well over four innings for the Red Sox. Vikram Dharasker, Brandon Fuhs and Eric Gonzalez delivered clutch hits in a four-run fourth.

White Sox used a six-run first, highlighted by doubles from Devon Jones and Thomas Rodriguez, to stop the A's, 14-5. Brandon Au pounded a based-loaded triple for the Sox, while Rodriguez, Jones and Adam Curtis limited the A's to four hits and struck out seven. Reid Marion's two-run double led the A's.


Nick Mason powered the Braves to a 12-7 win over the Mets, driving in five runs on 3-3 hitting. Raghav Chari contributed three RBI's. Catcher Jacob Walter anchored the defense, managing the pitching staff and demonstrating superb blocking skills. Mason, Ryan Henderson, Aneesh Kauravlla and Mark Gaffey pitched well for the Braves.

Yankees stole home in the top of the sixth to trim the Angels 2-1. Cade Nauman gave the Angels a sterling pitching effort, striking out seven, walking just one batter and allowing a run in five innings. He was supported by the defensive work of Rahul Dayal, Dwayne Bhatia, Andrew Chang and Jordan Terbeek. Chang scored the Angels' lone run with some fine base running.

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