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July 10, 2012 > District 14 Begins Sectional All-Star Play

District 14 Begins Sectional All-Star Play

Submitted By Kenny Jacoby
Photos By Mike Heightchew

The Section 3 Big League All-Star Tournament began on Saturday, June 23 as 17 and 18 year-olds from around the Bay Area came together to compete. This year there are three teams in the tournament: District 14 from Fremont, District 45 mainly from Union City, and District 57 primarily from Granada and Livermore. District 14 took on District 45 on Saturday in the first round of double elimination play.

District 14 pulled off a shocking 3-1 victory over District 45, who made it all the way to the Big League World Series a year ago. Beau Lawrence pitched masterfully for District 14, throwing the complete game and allowing just one unearned run on six hits and four walks with one strikeout.

Gabe Arias pitched for District 45 and kept the District 14 bats in check for much of the game. In the fourth inning, District 45 scored their lone run as a two-out error by District 14 allowed them to take a 1-0 lead. But District 14 rallied back in the bottom of the fifth to overcome the deficit. With two outs and runners on first and second, James Gaffey crushed a double into the left centerfield gap that was just out of the reach of the centerfielder to drive home two runs and give District 14 a 2-1 lead. Brandon Fuhs then followed by lacing a two-strike single past the third baseman, scoring Gaffey and putting District 14 ahead 3-1. Lawrence shut down the District 45 bats for the remaining two innings, sealing the upset win for District 14.

In the semi-final game on Sunday, District 14 suffered a tough loss to a strong District 57 team. The District 57 pitching staff combined for a collective no-hitter against District 14, whose offense was kept off balance all game.

District 14 played a solid defensive game, committing no errors and allowing just four hits. Starting pitcher Kyle Welker ceded just two hits to District 57, but walked three batters and hit three more, which accounted for three earned runs. Brandon Fuhs relieved Welker in the fourth, and kept District 57 in check through midway through the sixth inning, when he was replaced by Wyatt Ott. Ott walked two and gave up a double and a single to the District 57 sluggers allowing three more runs to score. District 14 could not rebound, and took the 6-0 loss.

The championship game is scheduled for Wednesday, June 27 at James Logan High School, where District 57 will face the winner of the loser's bracket semi-final between Districts 14 and 45 on Tuesday.

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