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July 18, 2006 > Mission San Jose Little League Claims District 14, 10-11 All-Star Championship

Mission San Jose Little League Claims District 14, 10-11 All-Star Championship

by Biff Jones & Linda Curtis

Mission San Jose's 10-11 All-Stars squeaked by the All-Stars from Newark American Little League, winning an exciting 11-10 ball game. After allowing just one run in the first two games of the tournament, Mission found themselves down 8-0 in the second inning of the championship game against the Newark American team.

NALL struck early by taking a commanding 8-0 lead with five runs in the first inning and three in the second.  Not willing to give up, the Mission team scored two runs in the third inning when Kenny Jacoby and Kevin Finch banged out singles, and Scott Havard produced a sacrifice fly to left field.   Mission struck again in the fifth - putting up six runs to tie the score.  Matt Eike and Reid Marion singled, Havard roped a double and James Gaffey topped off the scoring with a bases loaded single that brought in two runs.  Gaffey then wisely stayed in a rundown between first and second to allow the tying run to come in.

After Newark went up 10-8 in the top of the sixth, Mission had their backs against the wall.  Mission loaded the bases when Adam Curtis legged out an infield hit, Jeff Chu was hit by a pitch and Havard drew a walk.  Reid Marion stepped to the plate with two outs and placed a single into right field, scoring all three runners, and ending the game, 11-10 Mission.  Standouts on defense for Mission were Curtis on second base, Brandon Facha on third, and outfielders Jacoby and Marion.  Havard pitched very effectively for the final three innings.

MSJLL will move on to Sectionals and next play in the 2006 CA Section 3 Little League, 10-11 All-Star Tournament.  Its first game will be on July 21 against the winner between Districts 52 (Palo Alto National) and 57 (Danville), which will be played on July 20.  Fremont American Little League will be the host for the Section 3, 10-11 Tournament, with all games played at Straford School, 5301 Curtis Street, Fremont.  Two games will be played on Thursday, 20th at 5:30 p.m. and two on Friday 21st at 5:30 p.m.  Games on Saturday will be at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., Sunday 1:00 p.m., and the championship game Monday at 5:30 p.m.  The champion moves on to the 2006 Northern California State Division 10-11, All-Star Tournament.

Newark American Little League Captures District 14, 9-10 All-Star Championship

The All-Stars from Newark American Little League took home the 2006 CA District 14, 9-10 All-Star Championship after slipping past Niles-Centerville Little League All-Stars 4-3 in the "what if" game.  NALL beat NCLL 6-3 in the first round of the Championship, to force the "what if" game.  NALL advances to the 2006 CA Section 3, 9-10, All-Star Tournament, hosted by San Mateo Little League.  All games will be played at Lake Shore Park, 1550 Marina Court, San Mateo.  Brackets can be found on  NALL will face CA District 57 winner, Pleasanton American Little League on July 20.  The game begins at 5:30 p.m.

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