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March 25, 2009 > Hancock and Conn power Giants to MSJLL Minor National win

Hancock and Conn power Giants to MSJLL Minor National win

Submitted By MSJLL Parents
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In a game that came down to sixth-inning heroics, the Giants out-slugged the Mariners, 13-11, in Mission San Jose Little League (MSJLL) Minor National action.
Michael Conn pounded a bases-clearing triple to push the Giants out front in the top of the sixth. Then Adam Hancock caught a towering fly in center for the final out in the bottom of the sixth, preserving the win. It was an all-around terrific game for Hancock, who also contributed a monster three-run double and pitched well for the Giants.

In another Minor National thriller, the Yankees rallied to turn back the Diamondbacks, 6-5. With the bases loaded, two outs and two strikes, Luke Wang batted in the winning run. The Yankees relied on excellent defense from Andrew Zhang, Brian Chou, Joshua Devera and Jacob Devera. Max Bradley's unassisted double play was a crowd-pleaser.

Ryan Henderson's first-inning blast set the tone for the robust Braves' offense in an 11-4 win over the Mets. Timely hitting by Nick Odom, Andrew Scott and Mudit Mittal helped propel the offense. Jason Kinner keyed the defense, turning a double play and making a highlight reel snow-cone catch in center field.

For the second consecutive game, the Yankees slipped past the Angels, 2-1. The Angels got strong pitching from Jordan Terbeek and Kyle Dean. Alex Chen led the Angels with a pair of hits, while Karthik Kribakaran and Ronak Modi added singles.

Mets have won their first three games of the season by a total of five runs. In a 4-2 victory over the Red Sox, the Mets received strong pitching performances from Ryan Mark and Brandon Fuhs, who scattered three hits and struck out eight. Kenny Jacoby's two-run double was the big offensive blow. Red Sox attempted a comeback in the last inning and had the bases loaded with two outs when Jeff Chu's line drive to the right-center gap was nabbed by Mark for the final out.

The Mets continued their winning ways with an 8-6 victory over the White Sox as they built up a 7-0 lead behind a three-run single by James Gaffey and a run-scoring single by Kenny Jacoby. The White Sox made a game of it, rallying for six runs in the sixth inning with Devon Jones and Brandon Au delivering clutch, run-scoring hits. An insurance run was plated by the Mets in the seventh inning to lock up the contest.

Red Sox outscored the A's 9-4 behind the hitting of Dylan King (two singles and two RBI's), Mark Ruppert (two hits including a double), Nikhil Menon (double) and Jeff Chu (double). Guhan Sundar was the pitching star, entering the game with the A's rallying in the fourth inning and throwing just one pitch to get out of the jam. Sundar pitched two scoreless innings after escaping the fourth-inning jam. Reid Marion led the A's offense with two run-scoring singles.

White Sox downed the A's 10-2 behind the pitching trio of Adam Curtis, Sean Tannenbaum and Devon Jones, who limited the A's to four hits. Cheyenne Walker contributed a two-run single and Tannenbaum knocked out three hits to pace the White Sox offense.

The Dodgers showed their usual fine sportsmanship as they faced the Giants at Niles-Centerville. Power hitter Cyle Glidewell once again did not disappoint with hits in each inning. The newest Dodger, Manuel Meincke, contributed a first-inning double that brought home three runners. Giancarlo Aiuto stayed focused throughout the game, both while defending third base and hitting singles in every inning. Rahul Bandi also seemed focused on his hitting with base hits in each inning. Steadman Findlay did an awesome job guarding center field throughout the game. Joshua Scheel made defending second base look both easy and fun.

Top players: Angels: Akhil Deshmukh, Izaiah Glass, Brandon Huang, Derek Iwamiya, Sayan Jain; A's: Kevin Chang, Caleb Chiang, Ethan Chou, Anthony Daricek, William Doering; White Sox: Keon Abdollahian, Sarang Ashwin, Abhinav Buddhavaram, Nicholas Capuzelo, Jake Collins; Yankees: Matthew Kinoshita, Owen Obie-Pettigrew, Rehaan Patel, Elijah Roberts, Evan Roberts.

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