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May 9, 2006 > Mission San Jose Little League

Mission San Jose Little League

by Barb Fuhs

Sunday, April 30

Junior A's Storm Back from 5-1 Deficit to Down Mariners


The A's spotted the Mariners a 5-1 lead but rallied to win the game, 11-6. Down 5-1, Robyn Torrance came to the A's rescue pitching 3 strong innings allowing only one earned run. The A's rallied for seven runs in the fifth inning behind the big bats of Travis Medeiros' 2-run triple and run scoring singles from the bats of Colton Baptista and Kyle Richter. Sam Morris led the Mariner offense with three hits and DJ Kraiker added a two-run double.

The Mariners bounced back to down the A's 12-8 in a wild affair. The Mariners scored early and often with Sam Morris providing the heavy offensive artillery with three hits including a triple and 3 RBI. Down 12-3, the A's mounted a comeback in the seventh inning but fell four runs short.

The Angels and A's battled to a 5-5 tie in a game that was suspended due to darkness. Trailing 5-3 with the sun setting quickly, the A's rallied to tie the game on key hits by Caleb Scherer and Joe Gamch. Gamch also played a great game in the field coming up with several nice catches and key plays. The Angels' Kevin Roche pitched all five innings and toughened up with the potential winning run at third base as he struck out the final two batters to preserve the tie. The game will be completed at a later date.

The Angels defeated the Mets, 8-7, as the Mets rallied from a 6-1 deficit to make a close game of it. Chris Gonzalez led the early Angel surge with a single and double and David and Kevin Roche both added two singles to the Angel offense. The Mets rallied behind the bats of Sean Nast and Caleb Scherer and had the potential tying run at third base when the Angels recorded the final out with David Roche on the hill.


The A's defeated the Braves 6-5 in a come-from-behind victory. After slipping behind 4-0, the team battled back. Big doubles were turned-in by Jigar Desai and Dylan King. Zach Nelson and Charles Guan contributed singles. Right Fielder Ryan Hatano made an incredible catch, then tied the game with a single and RBI. The A's pitchers, Matt Imhof, Vince Volpatti and Nate Zucker, combined for 9 strikeouts, giving up only 3 hits.  In the bottom of the sixth, Chris Paradis doubled and stole third. The Braves then loaded the bases with two intentional walks and Paradis stole home on a passed ball to win the game.

The Yankees prevailed 4-3 over the Mariners in 9 inning marathon game. With the Yankees up by a run in the sixth, Ramsey Fisher's soaring double to the center field fence tied the game. Then Brandon Facha doubled for the Yankees and scored on a single by Sam Sanches. In the bottom of the ninth, three consecutive singles by Kyle Welker, Arjun Sarkar, and Chris Gaines sealed the Yankees victory. The defensive highlights included a 1-4-3 double play by Welker, Aditya Ganesh, and Gaines, and a sparkling play by Aria Crabb. Gaines and Welker struck out 10. For the Mariners, Vince Rojas and Adam Curtis added RBI singles. Rojas pitched a tight line for 3 innings, gave up no runs and had 6 strikeouts. Kevin Finch and Fisher showed great base-running instincts to steal bases at crucial junctures in the game

The A's defeated the Angels with a combination of key hits and strong defense. A single by Chris Paradis was followed by a home run from Matt Imhof. Then Charles Guan doubled followed by a single-RBI by Paradis. Later in the inning, Brandon Au came to bat and hammered a double with 2 RBI. Outstanding defensive plays from Paradis, Imhof and second baseman Brian Zucker kept the Angels from reaching home. Pitchers Imhof, Paradis and Zucker combined for 9 strikeouts.

The Mariners lost a high-scoring game to the Braves 12-10. John Morris of the Mariners led the charge with a triple and 4 RBI. Sandeep Tomar was in good form as he went 3 for 4 with 2 RBI. Aditya Raghunathan had a double and a triple with an RBI. Adam Curtis had 3 hits and 1 RBI. Curtis and Vince Rojas pitched well.

In a total team effort, nine Giants had hits enroute to a 5-3 victory over the Angels. Michael Chavez and Kevin Christensen each drove in a pair of runs with solid clutch hits. Phil Mirenda had 2 hits, with Billy James, Scott Dentinger, Matt Eike, Stuart Rosete and Dustin Koliner all joining the attack with hits. Ian Dickeson and Jeff Chu combined on a strong pitching performance recording 9 strikeouts with only 1 walk. Centerfielder Christensen made the defensive play of the game by with a fine running catch of a flyball in the left-center field gap.

In a hard fought game, the Yankees beat the Giants 7-6. The highlight of the game for the Yankees was Brandon Facha's two-run homer over the centerfield fence. Aditya Ganesh went 3 for 3 including a double and 2 RBI. Sam Sanches, Kyle Welker, and Chris Gaines banged out crucial hits as well. Brandon Wong rounded out the 7-run score. Facha pitched a complete game in superb form, striking out 10. For the Giants, Dustin Koliner's dramatic two out, two run homer kept the Giants in the game. Scott Dentinger added two hits with 2 RBI.  Phil Mirenda had 3 hits with 2 RBI including two triples and Jeff Chu also had 3 hits. Stuart Rosete and Ian Dickeson also added hits. Chu continued his impressive pitching with three shutout innings, four strikeouts, and no walks. Rosete closed out the game impressively on the mound.

The A's prevailed over the Giants10-6. Offensively, Chris Paradis went 4 for 4, and Matt Imhof went 3-3. Other hits came from Zach Nelson, Charles Guan and Vince Volpatti. Pitchers Imhof, Volpatti and Nate Zucker combined for 10 strikeouts. Brandon Au played solidly at third base and shortstop Imhof sealed the game making incredible plays for the final two outs. For the Giants, Jeff Chu had 3 hits, Dustin Koliner drove in 4 runs with a double and triple, and Kevin Christensen and Phil Mirenda each added a pair of hits to pace the Giant offense. Matt Eike and Ian Dickeson chipped in with hits. First baseman Mirenda made a diving catch of a foul popup then nearly doubled up a runner while on his back. Shortstop Christensen made the play of the game with a fine backhand stop, throwing out a speedy runner at first base.

Minor National

The Athletics faced the White Sox, with the A's winning 7-5 in five innings. Pitcher Jay Shah struck out 8 batters in four innings, with Cheyenne Walker adding another strikeout. Pitcher Johnny Leinweber came in with two outs and the bases loaded for the final strikeout in this nail-biter. Leinweber belted two singles, with Chandler Witham and Trenton Silveira adding singles. Second baseman Walker leapt high for an incredible catch in the first inning, robbing the White Sox of a probable double.

The Giants beat the Mariners by a score of 5-2. Giants' catcher Akshay Agharkar went 2-2 with a double, a single and two runs scored. Agharkar also caught two Mariner runners stealing second in the first two innings. Giants' pitchers Thomas Rodriguez and Jacob Walter each pitched two innings allowing no runs and striking out 11 batters between them.
The Giants and Mariners battled out eight full innings, with the Giants coming out on top 5-4. The Giants were down 4-3 and their last out in the top of the sixth with Akshay Agharkar waiting anxiously at third and Christian Flores in the batter's box. Flores belted one to right field to bring in the Giants' tying run and send the game into extra innings. Andrew Scott led off the Giants' half of the eighth inning, with a swinging bunt and eventually scored the go-ahead run. Giants' pitcher Darien Lo struck out two and fielded a ground ball to win the game for his team.

The Braves dominated in a 17-7 win against the White Sox with their strongest batting game yet. Braves Johnny Neri, Dillon Collins, Patrick Yang and Ryan Mark were 3 for 3 with 7 RBIs between them. Nikhil Menon also hit a double.  In his pitching debut, Abhinav Shah made two outs with throws to first. Johnathon Thacker, Alex Chen and Tyler Johnsen played great defense.

The Braves were unstoppable in a 16-3 win over the Yankees. Pitchers Nikhil Menon and Ryan Mark turned in stellar performances. Mark and struck out eight batters. Offensively, Justin Chew hit a single. Dillon Collins, Scott Marth. Ryan Graves, and Patrick Yang had RBIs.  Defensively, Mark wowed the crowd with a line-drive, snow cone catch at second. Alex Chen, Catcher Omkar Ghandi, Johnathon Thacker, and Johnny Neri played great defense.

The Braves toppled the undefeated A's 5-4. Dillon Collins, Nikhil Menon and Tyler Johnson turned in standout defensive plays. First baseman Collins made an out at first and then held the runner at third. Pitcher Ryan Mark struck out 8 of 13 batters. Offensively, Yang sent Menon home with a single. Scott Marth stole home to score, and Collins stole home at the bottom of the sixth for the game-winning run. A's pitchers Jay Shah and Cheyenne Walker struck out 4 and 6 batters respectively. Cody Teague slammed a double and Cheyenne Walker, Mitchell Broadwin, Chandler Witham, and Aneesh Kauravlla added singles. Great catches by outfielders Marc Cho and Aneesh Kauravlla limited the hard-hitting Braves in the closely fought game.

Minor American

The A's shut out the Giants, 3-0, with strong pitching on both sides. The A's starting pitcher Robert Norwalk powered through two scoreless innings. Jason Kinner and Raghav Chari both followed with consecutive scoreless innings. Nick Mason pitched the final two innings for the save. Nick Mason drove in Marshall Munoz and Jason Kinner to score the first two runs, and Norwalk sacrificed to drive in the third run. The Giants Michael Brazil and Mark Gaffey combined to turn a double-play, Aman Dhar made some key plays, and Karthik Kribakaran had a strong outing at bat, pitching and fielding, with a double, a strikeout and a great fly ball catch off his own pitching. Ryan Liu also had one strikeout and made a key out at first base.

Aaron Havard pitched 3 strong innings shutting down the Mets tough offense in a 4-2 victory. Canaan Howard and Austin Whaley both made great defensive stops. Also providing excellent efforts were Rebekah Rodrigues, Nihal Manjunath, and Ruchit Majmudar. The Cubs Rishabh Bajpai and Ronak Modi had RBI singles.

The Angels defeated the Mets 5-3 led by the pitching debut of Julian Tuminaro and strong pitching from Marcelo Gallegos and Sam Paradis. Cubs pitching was also strong, with Sam Lowrey pitching 3 innings of scoreless baseball allowing only 4 hits and striking out 5. Hitting stars for the Angels included Jay Menon with 2 hits and 2 RBI and Nathan Chang with a hit and a run scored. The Cubs Aurick Zhou went 2 for 2 and Alex Xu had a 2 run single, and Chris Desiniotis made a double play in the bottom of the fifth.

The Cubs prevailed in a tough 3-2 win over the A's. The A's Marshall Munoz and Nick Mason scored 2 quick runs in the bottom of the first, but pitcher Aaron Havard came in for the Cubs to shut down the A's. Then, Nathan Pope came in to pitch 2 shutout innings for the Cubs to win the game. The A's defense held on for as long as they could with great performances by Matthew Geschke, Matthew Sandin and Nicholas Odom. In the end, excellent batting efforts from Austin Whaley, Shiv Kapur, Ethan Hu, and Jesse Lu came through for the Cubs.


Braves: Alex Cheng, Darin Chamberlain, Dillon Peng, Kevin Deng, Bojia Xu, Alan Jin
Yankees: Drew Burgess, Jarrett Marth, Barry Liu, Andrew Liu, Alex Yin

Giants: Adam Hancock, Romir Desai, Georgia Pope, Christopher Stoneking, Lucas Williams, Justin Yue

White Sox: Josiah Howard, Lorenzo Hyer, Marissa Padilla, Aarsh Shah, Eric Yuan, Aaron Lethers


A's: William Geschke, Timothy Chio, Waylon Peng

Angels: Laurise Randall, Isaiah Howard, Calvin David

Braves: Ben Hansen, Kevin Yu, Maxwell Mei

White Sox: Ryan Lin, Sean Ding, Ryan Halim

Giants: Shan Menon, Albert Yu, Archit Arora

Yankees: Aimee Kinner, Shrey Vasavada, Jonathan Ngugen

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