July 22, 2009 > MSJ defeats Newark American in Minor 10-11 action
MSJ defeats Newark American in Minor 10-11 action
By Biff Jones
On Monday, July 13, the championship game of District 14 Minor 10-11 year old All Star Little Leaguers was played at Mattos Elementary School in Fremont, home of Centerville American Little League. Newark American and Mission San Jose battled each other; MSJ had to be defeated twice to be eliminated from advancing to Sectionals in Tracy.
In a game that looked like it may be called after four innings because of the 10-run mercy rule, turned out to be a barn burner.
NA got on the board first with a run in the top of the first. MSJ answered right away in their half of the first as they sent 10 batters to the plate with the first six hitters reaching safely on five singles and an error.
MSJ scored five runs in the first, three in the second and two in the third for a 10-1 lead after three innings. However, NA was not about to have the game end after four innings as they stormed back with seven runs in the top of the fourth to close the gap to 10-8.
Neither team scored in the fifth but NA was not done as they rallied in the sixth and final inning with a run on a double, single and a MSJ error. However, that is as close as NA could get and MSJ took a 10-9 victory to the Section 3 tournament.
John Miller started for NA and lasted one inning before being relived by Jordan Martin who pitched the final four innings. Starting for MSJ was Mike Pyle who lasted three and two thirds innings before being relieved by Nathan Pope.
Hitting stars for MSJ were center fielder Andrew Chang with a double and two singles; first baseman Sam Lowrey, a double and a single; catcher Kyle Dean, two singles; and third baseman Chris Desiniotis, two singles.
For NA, first baseman Luke Lambona walked, singled and hit a three run home run; shortstop, Jordan Takiyama doubled and singled; left fielder Jose Almaguer, two singles; and third baseman Dominic Inciong, who singled, walked and was hit by a pitch.
Other MSJ players are Mark Gaffey, Stan Chang, Aaron Havard, Spoorthy Venula, Jonathon Lee, Mudit Mittal and Ryland Mortlock; For NA, additional players are Mikey Brazil, Willie Traynor, J.J. Sanchez, Brandon Manshack and Rijul Narang.