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July 16, 2013 > District 14 Big League All-stars one win from Western Regionals

District 14 Big League All-stars one win from Western Regionals

Submitted By Ed Hugo

The District 14 (D14) Big League all-star team moved to within one win of advancing to the Western Regional tournament with a 9-1 win over District 53 (D53) from Benicia on July 8, 2013. The combination of six hits, 14 walks and two hit batsmen on offense, the stellar pitching of Thomas Rodriguez and Scott Havard and some excellent defense resulted in the one-sided victory. The District 14 all-star team is made up of players from Fremont and Newark.

For the second game in a row, the D14 all-stars fell behind early only to rally back to claim the victory. D53 tallied the game's first run in the top of the second inning as Rodriguez pitched into and out of trouble. D53 had five base runners reach base in the second inning and scored their only run of the game on a throwing error by D14 but Rodriguez limited the damage with some clutch pitching.

D14 broke into the scoring column in the bottom of the fourth inning scoring four runs on only a pair of hits. D14 took advantage of the four walks issued in the inning as each of the batter who walked also scored. However, after D14 scored their first two runs on a bases loaded walk and a wild pitch, it looked like D53 may be able to limit the damage and get out of the inning. But Reid Marion came through with a clutch two-out, two-run single to drive in D14's third and fourth runs to make the score 4-1.

Rodriguez pitched in and out of trouble again in the fourth inning and then followed that up with his best inning of the game as he retired D53 in order in the top of the fifth. D14 then came to bat and put the game out of reach scoring five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Walks were once again at the center of the rally as the erratic D53 pitching staff walked four more batters and hit another. The big blows for D14 were long doubles off of the bats of Brandon Facha and Devon Jones.

The D14 defense which had looked a bit shaky early in the game came through with two fine plays in the top of the sixth inning. With Havard now on the mound, the first D53 batter sent a high and tailing pop fly down the first base line. D14's Kenny Jacoby (2B), James Gaffey (1B) and Marion (RF) all raced for the ball but it was Jacoby who made a terrific diving catch of the pop fly. Gaffey would not be outdone as the next D53 batter lifted another pop fly in the same general area and Gaffey sprinted back to take in the second out of the inning. Havard cruised through the rest of the sixth and the seventh innings to put D14 within one game of a trip to the Western Regionals in Bremerton, WA.

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