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March 28, 2006 > Nile/Centerville Little League roundup

Nile/Centerville Little League roundup

by Crystal Ridge

NCLL Farm:
Royals (1) - Tigers (7)

The Royals started out the season playing against the Tigers on opening day.
What a way to start out the season, the players loved hearing their names announced over the loud speakers before the start of the game. Both teams started out with a bang. Jacob Franks, Vincent Dentoni and Long Trinh are only three of the many players who made contact with the ball and made it to first base. Great plays were made in the outfield. The players in the outfield did a wonderful job backing up the infielders. Ryan Caravantes came away this week with the game ball for making a great stop at second base and was the most alert player on the team, always ready for the ball. The Tigers won 7-1, but that was okay as long as the players received a snack shack ticket.

Game # 2
Saturday, March 11
Farm Royals (5) vs Reds (7)

Another fun day at the ball field. With help from many volunteers who prepared the fields, we were able to play our second game after a night of rain. The Reds won 7-5 at the end of the 5th inning due to time,. The top hitters for the Royals were Long Trinh, Mathew McKinney, Damien Uolla and Jacob Franks. The Royals made some very good plays in the outfield. In the second inning, Damien threw to Long to get thethird out. During the third inning Damien threw to Daniel Santos to achieve the second out.

The Royals made two plays during the fourth inning. The first out was made by the teamwork of Ken Oliver and Jacob, while the second out was done by Daniel stopping a very hard hit at third base. During the fifth inning, the Royals put on their "Rally Caps" which helped them pump up to deliver 6 hits and 4 runs. With Damien hitting a line shot to the centerfield giving him a two base hit. The last out of the game during the fifth inning was made by great teamwork between Long and Mathew. Damien Uolla was awarded the game ball and Coach Cole was beaming with pride and bragging about his team having an awesome game.

Padres (12) vs Braves (13)
Saturday, March 11
By Michael J. Titera

Padres Season Opener is a Nail Biter (full text in March 21st issue of TCV)
With a bye last weekend, this was the Padres debut. For their first game they took on the mighty Braves; and what a battle it was! Both teams demonstrated very strong offensive and defensive skills. In almost every way, these two teams were evenly matched. Inning by inning, this was a very tight battle.

Braves (14) vs Cubs (2)
Saturday, March 4
By Bill Brown

Braves Win Season Opener
What an exciting start to the 2006 season for the Braves! The Braves won 14-2 with solid hitting through the line-up. All ten players that suited up got at least one hit, 7 Braves had multi-hit games. Solid defensive plays were provided by Brian Knight, Bryce Ryals, Tyler Hennig and Kelsey Fluke. Matthew Brown had an unassisted double play in the fourth inning that really pumped up the rest of the defense.

Braves (13) vs. Padres (15)
Saturday, March 18, 2006
By Michael J. Titera

The Padres Strike Back
Can you say deja vu? Just like their meeting last Saturday, the Padres and Braves encountered another very close battle. Both teams demonstrated improved hitting and defensive work. Once again, the score was very close throughout the game.

As they did last week, the Padres had the lead, 15 to 9, going into the 6th inning. The Braves were not ready to give up. Like last time, their hitters managed to load the bases and raise their score to 13. With only 1 out on the board, everyone felt that this game would be a repeat of last week. However, this time, the Padres had a different story. The second out came from a spectacular catch by catcher Neil Almeida. And the final out was made by second baseman Ryan Betts, when he applied a back handed catch, to a fast grounder, and then solely applied the tag at second base.

The Padres and Braves won't meet again until the second half of the season. But everyone can expect the reunion to provide another nail biting game. Great job Braves & Padres!

Yankees (2) vs. Athletics (4)
Saturday, March 11
by Bill Brown

A Nail Biting Pitchers Duel:
Big kudos to this game even being played early in the morning goes out to the 20 or so dad's that were out there at 7a.m. getting the field ready. The kids did not disappoint. From the start it was clear that Harlee of the Yankees and Austin of Athletics were ready for a pitchers duel. That did not change when relievers Nico Estevez of the Yankees and Josh Rustia of the Athletics came. Nico helped himself with an RBI halfway through the game. The difference in this game was timely hits by the Athletics' Luis Rodriquez and Tyler Brown both driving in two runs each. The game ended on an exciting play with Tyler throwing to John Vasquez to catch the final Yankee runner off first base. It is clear early on that the Major Division is going to be an exciting one with many close games on the horizon.

Major Giants (5) vs. A's (4)
Saturday, March 18
By Brett Knight

Giant's Tops A's in Extra Frame
The Giants rallied back from a 4-0 deficit to beat the A's 5-4 in seven, courtesy of Jesse Nohr's game winning RBI double. The A's jumped to an early 2-0 lead in the first with a double off the bat of Austin Schreiber (2 for 4) and a 2-run double by Jake Bachelder. But Giants pitcher Kris Cruz settled down in the next two innings, retiring six of seven batters. The A's added two more runs in the 4th on an RBI double from Jacob Dutra and a run scoring single from Joe Roth. With runners on 2nd and 3rd Nohr made the play of the game with a diving stop of a shot off of Schreiber's bat to record a 6-3 put out to end the inning.

The Giants had been held scoreless through five thanks to the arm of Schreiber, who recorded 12 strikeouts and no walks in his 5+ innings of work. The G-men finally broke through in the bottom of the sixth with a single by Knight (3 for 4) followed by RBI doubles from Pierce Romero (2 for 3) and Zuri Chu-Hall to cut the lead in half. Then with two out and a new hurler on the hill for the A's, Bradley Ellefson hit a booming two run double to tie the game and send it into extra innings.

The A's led off the seventh with a double by Schreiber, but Knight stranded him at third by recording two of his eight strike outs to end the threat. In the bottom half of the inning, Keikilani Cabus got things going for the orange and black with a single to left, followed by another hit by Knight to set up the game winner from Nohr.

Cardinals (6) vs. Yankee's (4)
March 5, 2006
By Crystal Ridge

The Cardinals starting pitcher Brandon Ridge dueled Yankee pitcher Harlyee Carlson in a nail-biting season opener. Nico Estevez started the bats going for the Yankees in the top of the first with a solid double to put him in scoring position but Ridge struck out two batters leaving two runners stranded. In the second, Yankee Angelo Propes hit a single to knock in a run and get on the board. Cardinal's batter Evan Stenholm singled in the bottom of the second inning, but the Yankee defense held the Cardinals from scoring until the bottom of the third when good base running scored two to take the lead going into the fourth. The Yankees answered back and tied the game. Cardinals rallied in the fifth and put two runners on with Gary Williams stepping up to the plate, He hit a shot up the third base line to knock in two runs. The top of the sixth is when the Yankees got two runs from Estevez' second double and Kris Sabala's single. But, the Yankees came up short and Cardinals won 6-4.

Cardinals (4) vs. Giants (3)
March 11, 2006
By Crystal Ridge

The game started with Cardinals pitcher Beau Lawrence and Giants pitcher Pierce Romero battling, keeping the score 0-0 going into the third, despite Jesse Nohrs double in the top of the first. Zuri Chu-Hall helped the Giants with a home run shot to center field to put the Giants on the board. The Cardinals answered in the bottom of the third with Brandon Ridge's double knocking in the first of three runs that inning. Romero double in the top of fifth put him in scoring position and a single from Keikilani Cabus tied the game. The Cardinals rallied as Jaramy Jacobs hit a bomb knocking in a run to put the Cardinals ahead. In the top of the sixth, the Giants loaded the bases with no outs prompting the Cardinals to bring in Jacobs - a tense situation with the game on the line. After making the first batter foul-out, Jacobs bought the heat and struck out the next two batters to end the game. The Cardinals take the win over the Giants 4-3.

Angels hang on for the win

The Angels had a great win on Tuesday of 5-4
Our Top Hitters were:
Vincent Leon was 2 for 2 with a single and a Double
Keshav Venkataramanan went 2 for 2 with 2 Singles

MVP Honors went to Isaac Guerra for his great defensive plays and helping the team secure the win.

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