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July 16, 2013 > District 14 Big League All-stars move on to Western Regionals

District 14 Big League All-stars move on to Western Regionals

Submitted By Ed Hugo, Photo by Mike Heightchew

The District 14 (D14) big league all-stars (ages 15-18 from Fremont and Newark) have earned a trip to the Western Regional tournament with a solid 10-0 victory over District 59 (D59) in a Division II championship game played in Sacramento on July 10, 2013. This is the second trip to the Western Regionals for nine of the D14 players who traveled to the Western Regionals in the Junior (13-14) Division as representatives of Mission San Jose Little League in 2009.

Brandon Facha took the mound for D14 coming off of an impressive performance against D59 in the first game of the Division II tournament last Saturday. He yielded three runs in his prior appearance against D59 and was looking to improve upon that performance. And improve he did. Facha pitched five shutout innings and he and his teammates rapped out 11 hits to overpower D59 in a game shortened to five innings by the 10-run rule. Facha scattered three hits over his five innings while striking out five batters. Only two D59 base runners reached third base.

After a scoreless first inning, D14 got on the scoreboard in the second as Brandon Fuhs and Facha led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Catcher Devon Jones followed with a long double to right centerfield to drive home both Fuhs and Facha but was thrown out at third base trying to stretch the hit into a triple. After a couple of D59 errors allowed a run to score in the third inning, D14 broke the game open with a six-run fourth. Consecutive singles by James Gaffey, Wyatt Ott and Jeff Chu resulted in Gaffey scoring the first run of the inning. Later in the inning, with two outs, Fuhs drove a three and two pitch to deep right field, and with the base runners moving on the pitch, cleared the bases and D14 had a 7-0 lead. Facha then worked a walk to bring Jones to the plate once again. And he delivered scorching another long double driving both Fuhs and Facha home. But Jones was cut down once again trying to stretch the double into a triple.

D14 closed out the scoring and the game in the bottom of the fifth inning as Thomas Rodriguez lined a one-out single and moved to third on walks to Ott and Austin Robles. Martin Padilla then got the celebration started as he lined a single to center to drive home Rodriguez with the winning run.

The Big League tournament begins Monday, July 15th. D14 will be representing Northern California and their first opponent will be Montana. The game will be played at 3 p.m. on Monday, July 15. The schedule is posted on the District 14 website (http://www.eteamz.com/cadistrict14llb/index.cfm) in the Handout Section under the Western Region All-Stars link.

If anyone would like to donate to help with the team's travel costs (air travel for the players and coaches along with hotel expenses), please contact Val Jones on 510-299-2952. Thanks for your support and help.

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