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June 29, 2010 > MSJLL Senior Giants win TOC crown

MSJLL Senior Giants win TOC crown

Submitted By Ed Hugo

Mission San Jose Little League's Senior Giants won the District 14 Tournament of Champions tournament behind excellent pitching, timely hitting and a sound defense. They defeated Warm Springs Little League, 2-0, and Newark National Little League, 13-7, en route to capturing the crown.

Patrick Yang pitched a complete game shutout in the WSLL game. WSLL had several runners in scoring position throughout the game but Yang was equal to the task as he bowed his neck and got the Giants out of the jams. Brian Zucker supported Yang's brilliant effort by rapping out two long doubles which led to both Giants' runs with the second run coming on a perfectly executed suicide squeeze bunt by Logan Graves.

The Giants faced NNLL in the championship game and came out on top 13-7 as the offense rapped out 10 hits to support the combined pitching efforts of Brandon Fuhs and Kenny Jacoby who worked hard to keep the big NNLL bats in check. The Giants scored two runs in the opening inning which was highlighted by another suicide squeeze bunt off of the bat of Logan Graves.

NNLL countered with two runs of their own in the third to tie the game, 2-2, but the Giants answered right back with a run in the third as Chris Lo's first of three base hits highlighted the rally. The Giants broke the game open in the fifth inning as they plated five runs with Graves, Fuhs and Lo driving in runs.

They extended their lead in the sixth inning to 12-2 with Stuart Rosete's two-run single and some aggressive base running being the big blows of the inning. NNLL rallied to score two runs in the sixth inning and three in the seventh to make the game interesting but Jacoby shut down the final rally to bring home the TOC championship to MSJLL.

Lo's three hits along with two hits each from Rosete and Ian Dickeson paced the Giants' offense. Lo and Rosete also contributed on defense as both made fine running catches to help thwart NNLL rallies. Overall, the Giants' defense played near-flawless ball committing only two errors over the two TOC games.

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