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July 1, 2009 > Mission Juniors roll to All-Star win

Mission Juniors roll to All-Star win

Submitted By MSJLL parents

The Mission San Jose Junior All-Stars breezed past Centerville American, 17-1, in first-round District 14 Little League tourney action Sunday, June 28.

Under the guidance of manager Wayne Chung, MSJLL racked up 12 hits. Scott Havard led the attack with three singles, while Jeff Chu doubled and singled. Reid Marion pounded two outfield hits. Brandon Fuhs, Kevin Finch, James Gaffey and Devon Jones chipped in hits.

Defense aided the cause, with Mission turning two double plays. Finch pitched five innings without allowing an earned run. Havard and Brandon Facha closed the game for the winners.

MSJLL was scheduled to play the Niles-Centerville/Newark American winner on Tuesday, June 30, at Fremont American in next-round action of the double-elimination tournament. Results not available at press.

9-10 All-Stars
The MSJLL 9-10 All-Stars fell to Niles-Centerville, 8-2, on Friday, June 26. The All-Stars, managed by John Burgess, got strong pitching from Ryan King and kept the game close for three-plus innings. MSJLL was scheduled to play next at home on Tuesday, June 30, against the winner of Fremont American and Warm Springs Gold.

MN Diamondbacks take second in TOCs
The Minor National Diamondbacks were the pride of MSJLL in District 14 Tournament of Champions play. The D'backs rode a thrilling, two-out rally in the bottom of the sixth to a 10-9 win over Newark American in the semifinals before falling to Niles-Centerville 11-0 in the championship.

In the semis win, the D'backs never gave up, despite falling behind 6-1. Brett Hansen had a big hand in the comeback, launching a monster, bases-loaded shot to deep center. As the ball raced to the fence, Hansen raced home, plating four runs.

Hansen also scored the game-winning run. He reached with two out in the bottom of the sixth, then worked his way around the bases to third. After Chelita Villegas-Voreck walked, Justin McFarland stepped to the plate. He crushed a ball to deep left, scoring Hansen and winning the game. McFarland also had shut down the Newark team with fine relief pitching in the top of the sixth.

The Diamondbacks also got timely hits from Brandon Silva and Kevin Zhangxu.

The Junior Mets fell to the Newark American Orioles, 5-2, in first-round TOC play, despite quality pitching from Kenny Jacoby. Jacoby, Vikram Dharasker and Michael Lin contributed hits, while James Gaffey's sacrifice fly scored Brandon Fuhs. Eric DeLaPena starred for the Orioles, collecting all three of his team's hits and allowing just one earned run in six innings.

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