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Centerville American Little League

by Lisa Killeen

Tuesday, April 11

Angels lose heartbreaker 6-5

Despite having the lead for most of the game, the C.A.L.L. Major Angels gave up a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 6th inning, allowing the FALL Giants an exciting 6-5 win.

The Angels jumped out to a lead in the first inning when Akash Patel and Jake Roggenbusch opened with walks. Billy Bergendahl then continued his torrid hitting with a double to drive in Akash for a 1-0 lead. Billy also was the starting pitcher for the Angels. After the Giants scored two runs in the first with a big Angels error and a couple of bloop hits, the Angels quickly tied it up 2-2 in the second inning after Ameer Hasson walked and eventually scored on a sacrifice by Danny Ramirez. The Angels added two more in the third inning when Jake Roggenbusch and Billy Bergendahl both scored. The Angels gave up one in the bottom of the third, but added another of their own in the top of the fourth when Akash Patel singled, stole second, and was driven in by Billy Bergendahl's single for a 5-3 lead.

The Giants inched closer by scraping out a run in the bottom of the fifth as Billy Bergendahl began to tire and was replaced by Nick Keeley. Taking a one-run lead into the bottom of the sixth, Nick walked a batter, and the game ended with the Giants shortstop hitting a two-run homer. It was the Angels first loss of the season.

Saturday, April 22

Orioles squeeze by Angels 8-7

In an exciting back and forth game, the Major Orioles managed to battle back from an early deficit, and break a tie-game in the bottom of the sixth inning for an 8-7 win. Billy DeRose singled in Jerome Cuarezma with one out in the sixth, after Jerome reached base on an error. Jerome also pitched the first three innings, his first pitching assignment of the year, and Adam Rios pitched the last three for the Orioles. Billy Bergendahl pitched the first three for the Angels, adding a single and a double, and Akash Patel pitched the last three for the Halos.

The game saw some good defensive plays as well, with Ameer Hasson (Angels) and Tony Coria (Orioles) both coming down with deep fly balls in right field. The Angels also managed to turn an unusual 1-2-5 double play to get out of a bases-loaded jam. The Orioles and Angels play again on Tuesday evening.

Other offensive highlights included Matthew Cordoba's key two-run double for the Orioles.

Tuesday, April 25

Angels beat Orioles in rematch 10-0

After losing a close game to the Orioles on Saturday, the Angels bats caught fire on Tuesday, powering them to a 10-0 win over the Orioles in a 4-inning shortened game.

Nick Keeley and Alex Crossland were the offensive stars for the Angels. In the first inning, they had back-to-back two run doubles. Nick added a two-run single in the third inning, giving him 4 RBI for the game. Alex added two more doubles, giving him 3 doubles in three innings. Danny Ramirez also singled in his two at-bats, driving in a run, and Logan Broussard drove in two runs.

Akash Patel started for the Angels, and kept the Orioles off balance. After striking out the first two batters in the first, the Orioles managed three straight singles - but didn't score a run thanks to a great throw from Alex Crossland in right field. After getting out of the first inning, Akash gave up only two more hits in his three innings of work. Billy Bergendahl pitched the fourth inning to close it out for the Halos.

Tony Coria started for the Orioles. After the Angel batters loaded the bases in the first, Nick Keeley started off things with a two-run ground-rule double. Before the dust could settle, Alex Crossland went the opposite way, sending another two-run double to the fence in right field. Daniel Ramirez and Logan Broussard each also drove in a run in the first, as the Angels sent 12 batters to the plate, left the bases loaded, and amassed a 6-0 lead.

After a relatively quiet second inning for both teams (Jesse Gravdahl had a single for the Orioles, and Alex Crossland hit his second double of the game), the third inning got more exciting. The Orioles Adam Rios led off with a single, but Jerome Cuarezma lined out to Akash, who doubled Adam off of first for a double play. In the Angels half of the inning, the Angels put the game out of reach. Danny Ramirez led off with his second hit of the game. Mikey Horvath then reached on an error, and Akash Patel walked to load the bases. Logan Broussard then drove in a run on a fielder's choice and Jake Roggenbusch drove in another with a base hit. After Billy Bergendahl reached on an error, Nick Keeley lined a two-run single into right field to give the Angels a 10-0 lead. Then Alex Crossland hit his third double of the game.

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