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March 26, 2008 > Little league opens season

Little league opens season

Submitted By MSJLL Parents
Photos By Teresa Rexrode

Pennants flapped in the breeze, kids stood five-deep at the snack shack and the national anthem, sung by a 10-year-old, rang out loud and proud.

Pulling out all the time-honored traditions, Mission San Jose Little League (MSJLL) in Fremont opened another baseball season Saturday, March 15. And if you couldn't tell by the introductory speech by new league president Andrew Hancock, the national anthem sung by Sam Lowrey, it was plenty evident in the hundreds of kids on hand who were all wearing big smiles and pristine uniforms.

The league's emphasis on providing a memorable experience for both players and their families continues. Adopted for the 2008 season are rules designed to provide more opportunities to hit for kids in Majors and Juniors and better defensive experiences for younger players.

Majors
James Gaffey powered the Giants to a 4-1 win over the Cubs, slamming a two-run homer to center and striking out 12. Gaffey limited the Cubs to two hits in his complete game victory. Aurick Zhou ripped a double down the third base line, and Cade Nauman drove in a run and scored. Catcher Christian Flores stood out on defense.

For the Cubs, Michael Lin and Akshay Agharkar singled and Lin scored. Nikhil Menon and Agharkar pitched well, and Lin made a nice catch on a pop fly at first.

Jason Amico's clutch single in the bottom of the sixth scored Saad Azam to lift the Mariners past the Giants 1-0. Mariners pitcher Adam Curtis and Giants pitcher Darien Lo dueled for six innings, with Curtis striking out eight and Lo fanning 10. Jordan Terbeek doubled for the Giants, while first baseman Chris Zhang robbed the Mariners with two line drive catches. The Mariners gunned down a runner at third, with Anthony Achacoso firing to Guhan Sundar, who relayed the ball to Azam.

Cheyenne Walker and Martin Padilla pitched the Mariners past the Yankees 4-1. In an explosive fifth inning, Sundar, Azam, Patrick Zhu and Ryan Henderson, and Carlos Gee contributed hits.

Yankees pitcher Zach Strand kept the Mariners scoreless through four innings. Strand and first baseman Thomas Rodriguez teamed up to catch a Mariners base runner leading off, while catcher Jacob Walter helped the defense by catching a foul ball. Shane Rexrode doubled and scored the Yankees' lone run, and Mitchell Broadwin laced a hit down the first-base line.

Minor National
The Giants held off the Red Sox 11-8, using sharp pitching early by Spoorthy Vemula and hits from Andrew Chang, Ryland Mortlock, Marshall Munoz and Jason Kinner to open a 6-0 lead. A double play in the bottom of the fifth inning proved crucial for the Giants.

The Braves romped to a 10-0 inter-league win over the Niles-Centerville Twins, using Sam Lowrey's seven-strikeout, three-inning pitching. Lowrey allowed just two base runners. Lynnea Shuck singled and made two fine defensive plays. Shiv Kapur, Ronak Modi and Aarsh Shah each contributed a pair of runs.

The Diamondbacks tripped the Braves 3-2, despite Shah's booming triple to right. Chris Desiniotis drove in a run for the Braves, while Lowrey once again struck out seven in three innings. Center fielder Prathik Jogi gunned down a runner at first.

The Diamondbacks also came from behind to stop the Giants 5-4. Jonathan Lee's clutch hitting, base running and defense led both efforts. The D-backs' pitching staff of Lee, Mark Hu, Ryan King, Jay Menon and Hanson Wang limited their two opponents to seven hits in 10 innings, striking out 19. Mudit Mittal and Charanjiv Tamber anchored the defense.

Minor American
The Giants rode strong pitching from Vijay Srinivasan, Daniel Torsney and Jonah Baldwin to a 1-0 win over the Cubs. Srinivasan struck out five, while Baldwin added three strikeouts. Andrew Lei and Joseph Lee powered the offense with a pair of hits each, and Shivam Parikh anchored the defense with stellar play at second.

Challengers
Veteran Giancarlo wowed Dodgers fans with a solid hit in a game against the visiting Newark American Twins. Newcomer David chipped in another hit, and veterans Joshua and Cyle showed off their power hitting abilities.

Farm
Cardinals: Dalton Bowling, Tarek Boudames, Alex Yem, Joshua Kingsley, and Katie Wolnick. Mets: Ben Hansen, Rachel Lin, Wesley Hiroto, Calvin Mei, and Spencer Zeleny.

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