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April 1, 2009 > FALL Major Brewers win two, drop one

FALL Major Brewers win two, drop one

By Alan Briscoe

The Fremont American Little League (FALL) Major Brewers had a successful week, winning two of three games against the Newark American Little League (NALL) teams.

The Brewers played an exciting game against a tough NALL Red Sox team on Thursday, March 19, at Newark Junior High School. The Brewers jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead with key hits from Frankie Martinez and Mark Wiscombe. However, the Red Sox came back with two runs in their half of the inning. The Brewers came storming back with three more runs in the top of the 2nd, led once again by Martinez with an RBI single and a huge two-out RBI single by Ryan Briscoe.

Red Sox pitchers kept the Brewers batters in check until the top of the sixth inning, when they scored two insurance runs that made the score 8-5. Wiscombe hit his second double of the game and Briscoe drove in another run to complete the scoring.

The Brewers received outstanding pitching performances by Devin Hurtado and Martinez. Hurtado pitched into the fifth inning, allowing only four hits, two earned runs, one walk and six strikeouts to get the win. Martinez got the final out in the fifth and all three in the sixth. Brewers won, 8-5.

Two days later, the Brewers returned to play the NALL Angels. Briscoe was in a tough pitching duel against the Angels pitcher. The Brewers scored a run in the top of the third on a RBI ground rule double by Wiscombe to score Martinez and tie the score, 1-1.

However, the Angels came right back in their half of the inning to score one run to take a 2-1 lead. The score continued until the bottom of the fifth when the Angels pushed across two runs to make the score 4-1. The Brewers showed a lot of heart as they scored three runs with two outs, thanks to a pinch-hit, two-run single by Drew Garin, and an RBI single by Martinez that tied the score.

Nico Foster pitched the bottom of the sixth retiring the Angels in order. The Brewers broke the game open in the top of the seventh, scoring six runs, capped by a clutch bases-loaded triple by Marc Briscoe to give the team a five-run lead. Foster pitched an effective seventh inning to close out the game and get credit for the victory, 10-4.

The Brewers had a rematch with the Red Sox on Thursday, March 26, at Marshall Field. The visiting Red Sox jumped out to a quick lead, scoring one run in the top of the first. However, the Brewers bounced back with three runs in the bottom of the first, led by a two-run double by Hurtado, and a double by Tristan Cummings.

The Brewers added a run in the bottom of the second to take a 4-1 lead, as Wiscombe doubled in Martinez, who had singled. Hurtado pitched another outstanding game as he held a good hitting Red Sox team to one run into the top of the fourth.

However, the Brewers defense made some errors and the Red Sox batters got clutch hits to score five runs and take a 6-4 lead. Hurtado scored a big run in the bottom of the fifth, scoring from second base on an errant throw to first base, to narrow the lead to one run, 6-5. The Red Sox pitcher did an outstanding job getting the last two batters out with the tying run at second base.

The Brewers once again tried to rally in the bottom of the sixth inning. Sammy Sheldon had an excellent at bat as he led off the inning with a double. However, the Red Sox defense came up with an excellent play to get a double play to end the rally and the Red Sox pitcher was able to strike out the final batter for a hard-earned victory, 6-5.

The two victories improved the Brewers' record to 4-2, good for first place in the FALL Majors Division.

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