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June 26, 2007 > Warm Springs Reds move into TOC Championship game

Warm Springs Reds move into TOC Championship game

By Biff Jones

Reds, champions of Warm Springs Little League Junior (13-14 year olds) Division played the Angels from Mission San Jose Little league in the semi-finals of District 14 Tournament of Champions last Saturday, June 23. Though the score was not close, the Reds almost lost the game on a forfeit.

In the bottom of the first inning, lead hitter, Henry Wang, reached on an error. After an out, Eric Harman singled followed by another Angels' error that allowed Adrian Alvarez to get on base. With two outs, Michael Muldoon drew another walk followed by a Derek Block single and a base on balls to Ritchie Pangelian. Angels' starting pitcher, Daniel Stanley, then struck out the number nine batter to finally end the inning. But the damage had been done as the Reds took a 3-0 lead after one inning.

The Reds added to the lead in the second on a double by Richard Crinigan. He then stole third base and scored on a throwing error by the Angels. Crinigan would later make a spectacular catch of a line shot to left field. Meanwhile, Reds pitcher, Wang, continued to hold the Angels scoreless over the first three innings by scattering three hits. In the Reds' half of the third the game was broken open on singles by Muldoon, Block and Wang, and a walk to Melissa Heaton. Steven Feltner reached on an error during the Reds' third inning uprising and Marc Rosado was hit by a pitch. Six runs would cross the plate for the Reds in the third as they took a 10-0 lead into the fourth inning.

After a scoreless fourth by both teams, the Reds found themselves about to lose the game on a technicality. All players, starters and reserves, on both teams must play in the field for at least three consecutive outs and have a least one plate appearance. If a team is trailing by ten runs or more after their at bat in the fifth or sixth innings, the mercy run goes into effect and the game is over. With the Angels about to bat in the top of the fifth, the Reds realized they had two reserves, Dwight Dean and Matthew Wallace, who had not yet had a plate appearance. So, if the Angels did not score at least one run in their half of the fifth, the game would be called on the mercy rule. Since the Reds had not used all of their players in the field and at bat, they would have had to forfeit it to the Angels. However, the Reds managed to find a way to let the Angels score that run, and then got their two reserves up to the plate in the bottom of the fifth. The game would then go six and a half innings with the Reds ending up victorious 10-1.

Manager Steve Block and Coaches Junior Alvarez and Pat Muldoon then led the team in the TOC Junior Division championship game against the Dodgers from Niles-Centerville Little League. The game was played June 25 at NCLL field. Results of the game were not available at press time.

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