July 17, 2007 > MSJLL pulls off District 14 win
MSJLL pulls off District 14 win
Submitted By Barb Fuhs
After falling into the elimination bracket, Mission San Jose Little League's Senior All Stars beat Fremont American 8-3 to earn the right to play Niles Centerville Little League for the championship. It would take two wins to beat undefeated Niles Centerville.
In the first game of the series, MSJLL came back from a six-run deficit to win 10-8. NCLL scored six runs in the first two innings with four powerful doubles by Robert Higares, Garrett Woo, Joel DePorte, and Phillip Rugani. After a scoreless third inning, Mission broke loose and scored five runs. Brian Wihl contributed 2 RBIs with his double while Ethan Torrence racked up 2 RBIs with his single. Josh Burnett's double brought in the fifth run.
Mission added four more in the fifth with David Roche hitting a two-run double and Wihl and Peterson adding RBI singles. Mission added an insurance run in the 7th with Wihl's third hit of the game.
Niles Centerville led off the 7th inning with back-to-back doubles by Ryan Reynolds and Steven Godfrey, but it wasn't enough. Jacob Andresen pitched superbly for Mission for 5-1/3 innings, giving up only 1 earned run and striking out 5.
In the second game that decided the championship, Mission pulled off a nail-biter 4-3. Niles scored first when Garrett Woo singled in Steven Godfrey who walked and stole second. Mission came back when Eric Gwynn smashed a 2 RBI single.
In the second inning, Spenser Peterson led off with a single, and Kevin Barton doubled him in. Peterson scored in the fourth as well after a bunt single put him on base, making it 4-1. Niles Centerville turned on the heat by scoring two more in the fifth behind the hitting of Godfrey, Rugani, and LaPorte. In all Niles Centerville had 9 hits with two by Sean Pope and one by Higares and Anthony Guttery.
Eric Gwynn pitched well for Mission for 5-2/3 innings and Wihl came in to close out the game for the save.
Manager Mark Rowell commented, "The players knew they had two games to win. They learned from the first loss and made adjustments at the plate, working the count and getting on base." Coach Frank Gwynn assisted the team in its victories.
Mission moves on to Sectionals beginning July 13.