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July 17, 2007 > MSJLL Major All-Stars suffer two close losses

MSJLL Major All-Stars suffer two close losses

By Barb Fuhs

In the winner's bracket game, undefeated Mission and Niles-Centerville Majors took on the challenge of staying in the winner's bracket, and Niles prevailed 8-7. Niles scored first with a homer by Austin Schrieber in the first inning. Mission came right back with a double by Jeff Chu followed by a home run from Reid Marion to put Mission up 2-1. Matt Sabala of NC then smacked a homer followed by Schrieber's second home run of the game. Nico Estevez also added a two-run homer for the victors. For Mission, Scott Havard's home run in the bottom of the fifth closed the gap to 8-6. Havard also singled and doubled earlier in the game. Brian Zucker's single after Kevin Finch's lead off double in the bottom of the sixth made it a one-run game. However, Mission could not add that eighth run which have tied the score as Zucker was erased on a double play ball hit to short.

Mission then fell into the elimination bracket to play Warm Springs Little League, with WS coming out victorious 6-3. It was a pitcher's duel at first with Jeff Chu of Mission and Gabriel Block for Warm Springs keeping the score low. Brandon Facha hit a solo home run in the second inning for MSJ to go up 1-0. Kenny Jacoby of Mission also contributed a hit. Warm Springs broke the game open in the fourth inning by scoring six runs. Richard Laux contributed a double and Kevin Kim, Shaver Chahal, Caleb Choi, Tommie Bass, and Kyle Yoshikawa smashed out singles. Mission scored two more times in the fifth behind base hits by James Gaffey, Reid Marion, and Facha but it wasn't enough to overtake Warm Springs. Chu and Facha each pitched well for Mission, giving up only three earned runs and striking out six. Defensive gems were made by catcher Brandon Fuhs, who threw out a runner at second attempting to steal, and Adam Curtis at the "hot corner" who made several stops and throws to first on hard hit ground balls that denied hits to opposing batters.

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