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April 8, 2009 > FALL Major Brewers win three

FALL Major Brewers win three

Submitted By Alan Briscoe

Fremont American Little League (FALL) Major Brewers had another outstanding week as they were victorious against three good teams from Newark National Little League (NNLL).

The streak started with a 14-4 victory over the NNLL Rockies on Saturday, March 28, at Newark Memorial High. The team was led by outstanding pitching performances by starter Frankie Martinez, Tristan Cummings, Ryan Briscoe and Stephen McCalley, who closed out the game in the fifth inning, in a game that was called due to the 10-run mercy rule.

Key hitters in the game were Martinez (2-4, 2 runs), Devin Hurtado (1-1, 3 BB, 3 runs, 2 RBIs), Ryan Briscoe (1-2, 3 runs, 3 RBIs) and Mark Wiscombe (2-4, 1 run). In addition to pitching a strong inning, Stephen McCalley got his first hit of the season. Martinez pitched a strong three innings, giving up one run on three hits, striking out four. Ryan Briscoe entered the game as the pitcher in the bottom of the fourth with the score 9-4 and the bases loaded with no outs. He struck out the next three batters to preserve the lead.

The Brewers continued their winning ways with another exciting come-from-behind victory against the NNLL Phillies. The Phillies jumped out to a 6-1 lead after two innings, highlighted by a two-run homer by Solomon Mackey. However, the Brewers chipped away with two runs in the bottom of the third on doubles by Drew Garin, Devin Hurtado and a clutch two-run double by Mark Wiscombe to make the score 6-3.

The Phillies added a run in the top of the fourth on a home run by Reggie Miccoli. The Brewers came back with five runs in the bottom of the fourth, despite a key injury, as Hurtado was hit in the nose with his own foul ball and had to leave the game. The team was motivated to get the win for Hurtado and they were successful as Wiscombe came up with a two-run single to bring the Brewers within a run at 7-6. Sammy Sheldon followed with a two-run single to make the score 8-7. Ryan Briscoe, who had entered the game as the pitcher in the top of the third, closed out the game with the tying run on second, with his ninth strikeout.

FALL Brewers stretched their winning streak to three games with another tense come-from-behind 5-3 victory over the NNLL Brewers. The Brewers teams both scored one run in their half of first. Wiscombe got another key hit to drive in Marc Briscoe to tie the score at 1. NNLL Brewers broke through with two runs in the top of the third to make the score 3-1.

It didn't look good for the FALL Brewers, as the opposing pitcher, Alex Springsteen, was sailing along throwing only 36 pitches through three innings. But Wiscombe started the rally leading off with a single and soon scored on an RBI double by Sammy Sheldon. Key at bats were a walk by Nico Foster and an RBI ground ball by Andrew Jenkerson, which the third baseman was unable to handle. Wiscombe scored an insurance run in the fifth to make the score 5-3.

The Brewers got another outstanding pitching performance from Martinez as he pitched into the sixth inning, giving up just three runs on seven hits while recording seven strikeouts. Martinez left the mound in the top of the sixth with one out and two runners on base, having reached his pitch limit.

Nico Foster entered the game and promptly walked the first batter on four pitches to load the bases. Foster kept his composure as he struck out the last two batters to nail down the victory. His teammates mobbed him on the mound to show their appreciation for his outstanding efforts. Early in the game, Foster made a fine shoe string catch in centerfield and then made a perfect throw to Ryan Briscoe, who made the catch and tagged the runner at the plate that kept the NNLL Brewers from tying the score.

The three victories improved the Brewers record to 7-2, and first place in the FALL Majors Division.

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