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July 15, 2009 > UCN defeats Mt. Eden in little league play

UCN defeats Mt. Eden in little league play

By Biff Jones

On Monday, July, 6, Union City National took on Mt. Eden of Hayward at James Logan High's Majors and Minors field in Little League Majors All-Stars action. Servando Cardenas Jr. was the starting pitcher for UCN while David Gonzalez started for ME.

ME got off to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a double by catcher Efren Figaroa, followed by an RBI single from left fielder Giovanni Remen.

UCN would answer in the bottom of the first with three runs. Second baseman Rojo Reyes led off with a single and third baseman Manuel Morales reached on an error. After a Gonzalez strikeout, catcher Anthony Baca lashed a three-run home run to give UCN a 3-0.

Bottom of the third saw UCN tack on three more runs started by a leadoff single from shortstop Elijah Cole. After two outs, Jose Zamora, pinch hitting for left fielder Diego Martinez, rapped a single. Starting center fielder Elijah Castro-Garcia, who was pinch hit for the previous inning by Ritchie Patino, was then re-inserted as a pinch runner.

R.J. Fernandez then pitch hit for right fielder Ralph Gonzales and followed with another single. Fourth pinch hitter of the game for UCN, David Pelayo, batting for first baseman Elijah Delafoose, got a board on an error and was driven home on a single by Patino to give UCN a 6-1 lead after three innings.

Johnathon Sturholm Jr. came on to pitch for ME in the bottom of the fourth and did not allow a hit or a run by UCN the rest of the way. Hitting stars for ME were Figaroa, with a double and a walk, and Remen with two singles. Alex Diaz also added a single.

Johnathon Sturholm Sr.'s Mt. Eden club is comprised of the following players: Miguel Fajardo Jr., Jermaine Smith, Josh Santa Cruz, Mathew Zhan, Mike Marks, Diego Lopez, Johnathon Williams, Raul Pilazo and Jerry Baker.

For UCN, Cardenas lasted five innings and was relieved by Baca to start the sixth. Baca was only able to get one out in the sixth while giving up two walks. Reyes, who had a single and three walks while at the plate, came on to induce a game-ending double play to give UCN a 6-1 victory.

ME went to the losers' bracket of the double-elimination tournament while UCN continued on in the winner's bracket. ME defeated Castro Valley National, 15-11, on Wednesday, July 8, and then beat San Lorenzo American, 7-3, Saturday, July 11.

Meanwhile, UCN lost to San Leandro, 12-1, on the July 11 to set-up a rematch with ME in losers' bracket action this past Monday, July 13th. Results were unavailable at press time. Go to web site, www.tricityvoice.com/sports , for the score.

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