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July 17, 2007 > Warm Springs Junior All Stars

Warm Springs Junior All Stars

Submitted By Parents of Warm Springs Junior All Stars Team

The Warm Springs Junior Division All Stars won their first game against the CNLL with a 13 to 3 victory. Amir Mortazavi pitched an outstanding game. Overall, the Warm Springs bats were very much alive. Spraying the ball in the gaps gave them a commanding lead.

After a victorious win against CNLL, Warm Springs played a tough game against MSJLL at Irvington High School. Strong pitching from Adrian Alvarez, Tyler Sutherland, and Henry Wang was not enough to win as Mission won 16 to 10, dropping Warm Springs into the elimination bracket.

Warm Springs picked themselves up as they played against CALL, with a victorious 14 to 0 win. Warm Springs started out strong with great defense and outstanding hitting. Jason Lacanale kept CALL off the board with overpowering pitching. Steven Langford, Jake Koch, and DJ Cortez all helped close on the pitching mound to keep Warm Springs alive in the tournament. Strong team effort helped Warm Springs advance to the next round.

The next step for Warm Springs was against CNLL. Solid pitching from Adrian Alvarez, with the help from Nick Yurong, Jake Koch, and Steven Langford kept CNLL scoreless. Warm Springs' offense stayed on fire with their bats as they outhit the opposing team, winning 11 to 0. The hot bats of DJ Cortez, Tyler Sutherland, Eric Harmon, Henry Wang, and Matt Wallace kept Warm Springs in the lead at the finish of the game.

With Warm Springs Junior All Star's "refuse to lose" attitude, they advanced to the semi-finals battling head to head with a high caliber Mission San Jose team. The semi-final game was played at Newark Memorial High School. Mission beat Warm Springs placing them in the elimination bracket earlier in the tournament but Warm Springs was ready to battle back. Henry Wang pitched 5 innings of solid baseball. Though Mission took a commanding lead of 5 to 0 early in the game, Warm Springs fought back and refused to lose.

The game took 3 innings before Warm Springs finally got on the scoreboard. Still down 5 to 3, Warm Springs was not going to give up without a fight. Strong hitting from Steven Langford, Adrian Alvarez, Richard Crinigan, Jason Lacanale, and Tyler Sutherland created a merry go round of hits to give Warm Springs the lead 7 to 5. Great defensive plays by Thomas Tai, Alvarez, Wang, Wallace and Lacanale's strong pitching helped close the game. The game went down to the bottom of the 7th inning. With a nail biting score of Warm Springs 9 and Mission 7, Mission threatened to steal Warm Spring's fire with one run making the score 9 to 8. With two outs and a tying run at 3rd base, Lacanale threw an inside pitch that bounced off catcher, Jake Koch. Mission then tried to tie the score only to be stopped by Koch who caught the runner off-guard as he tried to go back to 3rd base. Koch relayed the ball to 3rd basement, DJ Cortez to lay the tag on for the 3rd and final out. Warm Springs celebrated their move back to the winner's bracket and into the Championship finals to face NCLL. The team is managed by John Cortez and coached by Junior Alvarez.

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