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July 10, 2012 > District 14 Little League All Stars

District 14 Little League All Stars

By Reggie Torres and Biff Jones

Two games were played July 5 in the double elimination tournament for California Little League District 14 (Fremont and Newark) All Star Minors (9-10 years old). In loser's bracket action it was Newark National Little League (NN) 11 Mission San Jose Little League (MSJ) 5 and Centerville American Little League (CA) 6 Niles-Centerville Little League Blue Team (NCB) 1. Losses eliminated MSJ and NCB teams.

Saturday, July 7, NN eliminated CA 18-2 while Warm Springs Little League Blue (WSB) defeated Newark American Little League Blue (WSB) 15-10 in winner's bracket semi-final play. For WS, Kurj Shah had 2 hits, a walk and he scored 3 times while Derek Nunotuni singled and scored twice. NA was led by Jon Brazil who had 2 hits and a run scored.

Monday, July 9 it was NAB vs. NN in an elimination game (results not available at press time) followed by the Championship game on July 10 between WS and the winner of Monday's game. Next day, Wednesday, if necessary, it will be the "what if" game for all the marbles if WS loses on Tuesday. All games will be 5:30 p.m. at Newark Junior High home of NA. Winner goes on to the Section 3 Minor (9-10) tournament, July 14-17/18 at District 52, Lakeshore Park in San Mateo.

In Minors (10-11) semi-final winner's bracket action on July 5, MSJ walloped NA 18-4 while loser's bracket play saw NC win a shoot out over WS 16-13 to eliminate WS.

On July 7 NC ended NA's season with a 12-2 victory. NC scored 2 runs in the top of the first inning, 4 in the second, 5 in the fifth and closed it out with a single run in the sixth. NA's runs came in the bottom of the second.

NC was led by Hayden Fuller who had 2 singles, 2 RBI's and scored twice; Jessie Abrego singled twice and scored 3 runs; Kevin Cameron had a double, 2 singles, 3 RBI's and scored 3 times; and Frankie Lawrence singled and had a bases loaded walk for 2 RBI's. No one for NA had more than 1 hit.

Championship game will be Tuesday, July 10 between MSJ and NC and if MSJ loses, then the "what if" game will be on July 11. Both games at 5:30 p.m. at Vallejo Mills School home of NC. Section 3 tournament for the Minor (10-11) winner will be July 14-17/18 at District 57, Los Cerros School, Danville.

Majors (11-12) action on July 3 was the D14 Championship Game between MSJ and NA. Same two teams battled in winner's bracket semi-final play on June 29 with MSJ winning a nail biter 1-0. Second meeting of the two started out to be another pitcher's duel before MSJ broke out with a 6 run fourth inning. A well balanced NA made a late inning charge but MSJ held on for a 7-2 win to move on to the Section 3 Majors tournament, July 14-17-18 at D52 in Hillsborough.

Winner of the Section 3 Majors double elimination tournament will next play in the California Division 2 (Nor Cal) Championship against six other section winners July 21-27/28 at Gomes Elementary School, 549 Los Palmas, Fremont, home of MSJLL. Weekend games will start at 12 noon and 2 p.m. with weekday games beginning at 5 p.m. This also will be double elimination. Two fields will be used.

Juniors (13-14) play on July 3 saw NC defeat MSJ 6-4 in a winner's bracket semi-final while NA eliminated WS 13-0. MSJ and NA then hooked up in a terrific dual on July 7 at MSJ with the winner moving on to play NC and the loser going home.

NA won the coin flip and would be the home team. Starting on the mound for NA was Frankie Ruppert while Stanley Chaing towed the rubber for MSJ.

NA got on the board first with a 3 run first inning led by doubles from Ruppert and right fielder Junior Roque. MSJ answered with 4 runs in top of the second as right fielder Josh Liu's double led the way. This was followed by 2 more runs from NA in the bottom of the second without a hit. Fielding errors by MSJ, 2 walks and a hit batsman produced the 2 runs.

Again MSJ answered with 2 runs in the top of the third on a lead off double by first baseman Kevin Zhangxu, a single from shortstop Aaron Havard and a NA fielding error for a 6-5 MSJ lead which would hold until the fifth inning. Meanwhile, Havard relieved Chaing on the mound for MSJ and Roque took over from Ruppert for NA.

Zhangxu's lead off double to start the fifth led to a run by MSJ but NA answered with 3 runs in the bottom half as a string of MSJ pitchers could not find the strike zone. This yielded 3 runs when 6 consecutive NA batter's reached base via the walk or hit batsman to give NA an 8-7 lead after five.

Ruppert returned to the mound for NA and second baseman Mark Gaffey took over the pitching duties for MSJ and began throwing strikes. A run by MSJ in the top of the seventh tied the score at 8-8 and sent the game into extra innings.

Finally in the top of the ninth, third baseman Mikie Pyle opened with a single and Chiang followed with a 2 run home run. Gaffey continued to throw strikes and shut down NA in the bottom of the ninth for a 10-8 victory.

Loss sent NA home while MSJ played NC in the Championship Game on Monday, July 9 (result unavailable at press time). If MSJ beat NC then the "what if" game will be played July 10, 5:30 p.m. at Gomes Elementary in Fremont.

Winner, either NC or MSJ will move on to the Section 3 Juniors All Star Tournament July 14-17/18 at D14 Newark Memorial High School home of NNLL. Weekend games will be at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. with weekday games at 5 p.m. D14 will open against D52 on July 14 at 10 a.m. D45 (Hayward/Union City area) then plays later at 2 p.m. against D57.

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