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July 20, 2010 > MSJLL Senior all stars live another day

MSJLL Senior all stars live another day

Submitted By Ed Hugo

After the Mission San Jose Little League Senior all stars were dropped by District 45's Union City American Little League on Saturday, July 17, the District 14 representative in the Section 3 Senior tournament was able to thwart off elimination with a 10-6 win over District 52's Redwood City on the following day at Max Baer Park in Livermore.

Brandon Fuhs took to the mound for MSJLL and pitched terrific through the first five innings with the only blemish against him being a solo home run by the Redwood City pitcher. His teammates provided him with a slim 2-1 lead as the game headed into the sixth inning with Patrick Andresen driving in the initial run and Reid Marion scoring the second run on a throwing error by the Redwood City catcher.

MSJLL appeared to break the game open in the top of the sixth inning as they scored four runs to take a 6-1 lead. James Gaffey led off the inning with a line-drive double. Ryan Mark pinch ran for Gaffey and advanced to third on a passed ball. With Logan Graves at the plate, MSJLL attempted a suicide squeeze bunt but the pitch was in the dirt and Graves could not make contact. The Redwood City catcher did not catch the ball cleanly and Mark slid into home with the first run of the inning. Later in the inning, back-to-back doubles by Larry Price and Jeff Chu knocked in the last three runs of the inning.

Redwood City would not go quietly as they also posted four runs in their half of the sixth inning off of Fuhs as he showed signs of tiring in the 96-degree heat. After allowing the four runs, Fuhs was replaced by Kenny Jacoby who got the final out of the inning on a fly to center field.

MSJLL's offense remained hot in the top of the seventh inning as they again scored four runs to build their lead to 10-5. Two walks sandwiched around Gaffey's second double of the game loaded the bases to open the inning. Graves' ground ball to third was misplayed allowing the first run of the inning to score. Kevin Finch followed with a sacrifice fly leaving runners at first and second base. Jacoby followed with a perfect bunt down the third base line to reload the bases. Price followed with his second hit of the game to drive in a run and Jeff Chu was hit by a pitch to close out the scoring for MSJLL.

Redwood City had a brief rally in the bottom of the seventh inning, scoring a run, but with two runners on base, Jacoby fielded a come-backer flawlessly and recorded the final out of the contest. MSJLL next plays on Tuesday, July 20, against Livermore in another elimination game.

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