May 20, 2009 > Kauravlla launches two grand slams in MSJLL action
Kauravlla launches two grand slams in MSJLL action
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When little leaguers daydream about amazing feats, they do not dare dream about a game as good as the one by Aneesh Kauravlla. Kauravlla pounded two grand slams leading the first-place Braves to a mercy rule four inning win over the Angels in Mission San Jose Little League (MSJLL) Majors' action. Teammate, Ryan Henderson, added a homer over the center field fence in the third inning. It was a two-out rally that eventually led to Kauravlla's first grand slam. Pitchers Nick Odom and Raghav Chari pitched well in relief for the Braves.
In another game between the Braves and Angels, the Braves rallied for three runs in the bottom of the sixth to trim the Angels lead to 10-9 in a more closely contested game. Odom doubled to begin the rally, then after a walk, Jacob Walter brought home two runs with a single. Mark Gaffey's RBI single ended the game. Odom went 3-3 while adding another double. Nick Mason doubled and kept the Angels scoreless the last two innings while Henderson launched another home run. Hanson Wang's booming double led the Angels. Andrew Chang continued his hot hitting, with two doubles, a single, two RBIs and two runs scored for the Angels. Ronak Modi also scored a pair of Angel runs.
Sam Lowrey hurled six strong innings, striking out 11, in the Yankees' 8-6 win over the Mets. Lowrey also contributed a two-run single. Chris Desiniotis anchored the defense with his fine play at short which included a pair of diving catches. Matthew Tang sparked the offense with two hits and two runs. Jason Amico added a single.
Dustin Chiang crafted a three-hit complete game, striking out 11 and walking one, in a 9-1 Yankees' win over the Mets. Nathan Chang's towering two-run homer and diving centerfield catch were highlights. Stanley Chiang had two hits and three RBIs, while Kyle Sandhu banged an RBI triple.
Red Sox won three straight games by downing the first-place Mets, 10-1, and sweeping two games from the A's, 16-6 and 5-3.
In the victory over the Mets, Jeff Chu and Darien Lo held the Mets to three hits while striking out six. They were supported by an offense that banged out seven hits including Chu's RBI triple and Brian Zucker's RBI double. Red Sox defense contributed to the victories by playing errorless baseball.
In the 5-3 win over the A's, the Red Sox bounced back from an early 3-0 deficit. A's built their early lead behind Cole Lewis' RBI single and Matt Eike's RBI triple. Pitcher Wyatt Ott of the A's threw three strong innings before the Red Sox closed the gap to 3-2. Param Bhatter provided the clutch hit of the game by driving in the tying and lead runs with a single in the fifth. Red Sox pitcher Stuart Rosette went five strong innings. Jeff Chu came on in the seventh inning to close out the game.
Mets beat the White Sox twice, 6-3 and 8-1, behind stellar pitching from Kenny Jacoby, James Gaffey and Brandon Fuhs. Jacoby held the White Sox scoreless for six innings in the first game. Fuhs pitched five strong innings in the second game, allowing only one run. Gaffey closed out both games, not allowing any White Sox runners to reach base. Ryan Lee provided the big Mets hit in the 6-3 victory with a two-run single. In the second game, White Sox pitcher, Kevin Finch, threw five good innings allowing only Ryan Mark's two-run triple before tiring in the sixth. Mets rallied for six, sixth-inning runs to put the game out of reach. Fuhs' two-run single was the key hit of the rally.
It was a very warm day as the Dodgers played the Astros at Patterson Elementary School in Fremont. Dodgers' Joshua Scheel, Cyle Glidewell and Steadman Findlay all had solid hits in the first inning. Once again, Kevin Normandin, was on the mound and fielded a number of balls in critical situations that were hit by the Astros.
Cyle Glidewell played first base for the Dodgers, Giancarlo Aiuto was at second, Rahual Bandi at shortstop and Joshua Scheel manned third. Dodger outfield was patrolled by Sagar Ludher in left field and Steadman Findlay in center. A good time was had by all and the team will move to Pleasanton next week for the statewide "Challengers" Jamboree.