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July 31, 2007 > Mission San Jose Senior Little League Divisional Tournament

Mission San Jose Senior Little League Divisional Tournament

Submitted By Barb Fuhs

For the second time in four years, Manager Mark Rowell took his Seniors All Star team to the Divisional level, representing Section 3 of the six Little League Sections in Northern California. The winner of the double elimination, Division 2 (NorCal) Tournament moves on to the Western Region Tournament in Salem, Oregon.

In the first game of the series, Mission San Jose faced Sutter Buttes Little League of Yuba City and were defeated 9-5. Sutter Buttes scored the first two runs of the game on singles by A. Santiago, Bradley Kent, and Brandon Pope and then added their third run in the second inning. Mission answered back in the third inning when Josh Burnett came up with a clutch hit. After David Roche reached base on a walk, Eric Gwynn doubled, and Jacob Andresen loaded the bases on an intentional walk. Burnett then cleared the bases with a line-drive double to the left field wall.

Sutter Buttes took the lead for good in the fifth inning by plating five runs on five consecutive hits by Pope, Kent, James Haymore, Jamie Bonnetant, and Cameron Pankey. They finished their scoring with another run in the seventh inning.

Mission mounted a comeback by scoring two runs in the fifth inning. David Roche lined a base hit and Andresen followed with a home run. Nick O'Leary led off the bottom of the seventh with a base hit but the Mission offense could not mount a rally.

In their second game, Mission San Jose fell to San Francisco Little League 10-8. San Francisco scored first with two runs in the first inning and Mission answered back with a run of their own on David Roche's sacrifice fly. In the second inning, Mission took advantage of walks and errors by San Francisco. With the bases loaded, Spenser Peterson drew a walk to score Ryan Mahuron. Then Jacob Andresen muscled up to hit a grand slam to put Mission up 7-2. It was Andresen's fifth home run in five tournament games. Nick O'Leary added a single in the same inning.

San Francisco came back with some timely hitting and scored four runs each in the sixth and seventh innings, including a home run which put them ahead 10-7. Mission attempted to rally in the seventh inning when Ethan Torrence got on base on a fielder's choice and scored. Mission had the tying runs on second and third base when the last out was recorded. Eric Gwynn pitched well for Mission going five innings while striking out four batters.

It was a great season for the MSJLL Seniors (15-16 year olds). Congratulations to the players, coaches and parents for making it so successful.

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