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June 5, 2007 > Friendship Games celebrated by Mission San Jose Little League

Friendship Games celebrated by Mission San Jose Little League

Submitted By MSJLL Parents

Near the end of each baseball season, the 43-year-old Mission San Jose Little League holds a series of Friendship Games. This charming tradition is not about playoffs or All-Star teams (those will come in a few weeks). Instead, our Friendship Games focus on sportsmanship and camaraderie. Players vote for their peers, and teams are composed of players from several teams. It is a chance for everyone involved, both parents and players, to remember why we play the game. This year's MSJLL Friendship Games were played on Sunday, May 27.

Majors Friendship Game:
Jay Shah blasted a triple and homer to carry the East to a 15-6 win over the West. Jeff Chu led a cast of outstanding East pitchers, who combined for 13 strikeouts. Chu and Stuart Rosete went three for three at the plate, while Wyatt Ott crushed a double. For the West, second baseman Adam Curtis caught a line drive and fired to third baseman Johnny Leinweber for a double play. Devon Jones doubled, and Brandon Facha singled twice while driving in three runs.

Majors Friendship Game rosters:
East - A's: Charles Guan, Brandon Au, Eric Gonzalez, Jay Shah; Braves: James Gaffey, Scott Havard, Wyatt Ott, Reid Marion; Giants: Jeff Chu, Matt Eike, Akshay Agharkar, Stuart Rosete.
West - Angels: Mehul Goyal, Devon Jones, Param Bhatter, Sean Tannenbaum; Mariners: Kevin Finch, Adam Curtis, Andrew Chang, Johnny Leinweber. Yankees: Josh Johnson,
Brandon Facha, Brandon Fuhs, Brandon Wong.

Minor National Friendship Game:
Triples from Andrew Chang and Ryan Henderson were the big shots in the Old School's 13-10 win over the New School. Dustin Chiang went two for two for the Old School, and pitcher Gabriel Francisco closed out the win. Aaron Havard made a terrific scoop on a short hop at first base. For the New School, Cole Nauman ripped a bases-loaded triple, and brother Cade Nauman blasted an RBI double to deep left. Mike Brazil also banged a double. Center fielder Johnny Neri's great catch and second baseman Shane Rexrode's leaping snag wowed the crowd.

Minor National Friendship Game rosters:
Old School. Braves: Aaron Havard, Andrew Chang, Stanley Chiang, Aaron Lethers, Eric Chang, Ryan Henderson; White Sox: Patrick Zhu, Jagvir Tamber, Gabriel Francisco, Matthew Chao, Monique Francisco, Michael Lin; Dodgers: Dustin Chiang, Ryan Lee, Sam Lowrey.
New School. A's: Anand Balaji, Jordan Terbeek, Alex Hancock, Ryan
Liu, Cole Nauman, Cade Nauman; Devil Rays: Karthik Kribakaran, Nathan Pope, Mark Gaffey, Mike Brazil, Chris Zhang, Nathan Chang; Dodgers: Shane Rexrode, Bubba Guzman, Johnny Neri.

Minor American Friendship Game rosters:
Red Rebels. Marlins: Ryan King, Lorenzo Hyer, Shiv Kapur, Andrew Kim, Hanson Wang, Kenneth Chen; Yankees: Alan Jin, Jonathon Lee, Ethan Hu, Anurag Papolu, Allen Hsiao, Drew Burgess.
Blue Bruisers. A's: Adam Hancock, Hari Subbaraj, Kyle Dean, Srinath Goli, Tomas Choi, David Hu; Cubs: Dwayne Bhatia, Lucas Williams, Nathen Francisco, Varun Viswanath, Eric Yaun, Charlie Duffy.
Farm Friendship Game:
Offensive star Joseph Lee powered the Ducks with two homers and a double, but the Geese held on for a 19-18 win. Vijay Srinivasan doubled twice and singled for the Geese, and Daniel Torsney made a crowd-pleasing catch of a line drive. For the Ducks, the defensive highlight was Shrey Vasavada's unassisted double play.

Farm Friendship Game rosters:
Ducks. A's: Joseph Lee, Anthony Watkin; Angels: Jeremy Lin, Derek Chan; Cardinals: Alex Lem, Yvonne Chen; Cubs: Drew Kobayashi, Spencer Zeleny; Giants: Dalton Ching, Stella Bradley; Yankees: Richard Liu, Shrey Vasavada; White Sox: Jonah Baldwin, Chandon Reddy.
Geese. A's: Prithik Jogi, Kevin Zhangxu; Angels: Justin Lu, Clark Wey; Cardinals: Dalton Bowling, Kevin Chang; Cubs: Georgia Pope, Kunal Desai; Giants: Kavan Furukawa, Tori Shaffer; Yankees: Conner Sayle, Jonathon Nguyen; White Sox: Daniel Torsney, Vijay Srinivasan.

T-ball Friendship Game rosters:
Home team. A's: Matthew Sugden, Tarek Boudames, Daniel Geschke, Caleb Loth; Braves: Ethan Chen, Vinay Dharasker, Vinit Majmudar, Praveen Solaimalai; Cubs: Ishan Maunder, Richard Rotter, Samuel Figueroa, Anish Cherwoo.
Visitors. Angels: Logan Finch, Avantae Spikener, Jeanine Vanek, Shayne Bhatia; Giants: Andrew Pennella, Ashish Ramesh, Willis Wang, Kaleb Nordseth; Yankees: Ben Lee, Kyle Leon, Pritam Reddy, Matthew Baldwin.

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