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July 6, 2010 > MSJLL Junior All-Stars have up and down week

MSJLL Junior All-Stars have up and down week

Submitted By Ed Hugo

Mission San Jose Little League's Junior All-Stars had a roller coaster week splitting two games.

After winning their first game last week, they faced off against a strong Niles Centerville squad at Newark Memorial High School in game two of the District 14 Tournament. Niles outscored Mission 14-8 to move Mission to the loser's bracket. The Mission team had a good game with their bats, scoring eight runs, but their gloves did not fare as well.

Niles jumped out to a seven-run lead in the first inning fueled by five miscues by Mission's defense. Mission settled down after the first inning holding Niles scoreless over the next three innings while cutting the lead to 7-5 off of Niles pitchers Andrew Llanos and Zack Strand. Wyatt Ott, Nikhil Menon and Cheyenne Walker provided the key hits for Mission, and Aneesh Kauravlla and Adam Curtis drove in runs.

Niles broke the game open in the fourth inning as they scored four runs to build their lead to 11-5 and put the game away with the Mission defense committing three more errors. Pitching duties for Mission were shared by Ott, Mark Cho and Menon. Travis Byerly and Marciano Reichel had multiple-hit games for Niles.

Game three of the tournament found Mission back at Newark Memorial facing Centerville National in an elimination bracket game. Looking for redemption after the loss to Niles, Mission came into the game refreshed and recharged, and blasted ahead with a six-run first inning that provided all the offense they would need.

After walks to Curtis, Menon and Ott loaded the bases, Brian Zucker and Thomas Rodriquez had back-to-back base hits to drive in Mission's first three runs. Walker added a hit to complete the scoring in the first inning. Mission's attack did not end there. They continued to hit throughout the shortened five-inning game, which ended in a lop-sided 26-2 score.

Ott and Zucker each had three hits and Vikram Dharasker, Jigar Desai and Walker all smashed doubles for Mission. Centerville used heads-up base running to get their two runs after Mark Bontempo was hit by a Walker fastball and Julian Salazar drew a walk off middle reliever Desai. Curtis came in to close the game down with a six-pitch fifth inning.

The Mission Junior All-star team's next game will be a rematch of their first game against Newark American at the Warm Springs field at 5:30 on Wednesday, July 7.

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