May 21, 2008 > Francisco Siblings lift Minor National A's to Pair of Wins
Francisco Siblings lift Minor National A's to Pair of Wins
Submitted By MSJLL Parents for games ending week of May 17
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The brother and sister duo of Monique and Gabriel Francisco powered the A's to a pair of thrilling wins in Mission San Jose Little League Minor National action. Monique Francisco launched a homer and contributed an acrobatic catch in an 8-5 win over the Braves. Nathan Pope went three for three and struck out six batters while Cole Furukawa and Alex Chen each scored twice. Allen Nguyen also doubled.
Gabriel Francisco came through with the bases loaded and two out in the bottom of the sixth against the Niles-Centerville Reds by pounding a double to plate the tying and winning runs in the 9-7 victory. Pope added a double while Andrew Kraiker, Angel Rodriguez, Anurag Papolo and Kevin Zeng scored for the A's.
Prathik Jogi powered the Braves to a 6-2 win over the Diamondbacks, smashing three hits and scoring twice. Aarsh Shah added a pair of hits while Alan Jin ran the bases well. Shortstop Chris Desiniotis' defensive gem and RBI single were highlights. Lynnea Shuck played well at first and Stanley Chiang struck out five during his stint on the mound.
The Red Sox outlasted the Giants 7-6 in a grueling 10-inning duel in the mid-day heat on May 17. Mark Gaffey and Kyle Dean played key roles for the Red Sox. For the Giants, Spoorthy Vemula led the defense, Andrew Chang pitched well and powered the offense, Jason Kinner ran the bases well, and Adam Hancock contributed a crucial RBI single.
The Cubs pulled off their first win of the season topping the A's, 10-7, behind Akshay Agharkar's triple and RBI doubles from Karthik Kribakaran, Michael Lin and Andrew Thompson. Nikhil Menon pitched the Cubs to the win and Ryan Lee singled and held on to a foul tip while catching. A's slugger, Jigar Desai, slammed a 220-foot homer run and Andrew Scott doubled and scored. Trevor Brown played solid defense at first base for the A's.
The Yankees rallied for six runs in the fifth to stop the A's, 7-3, using doubles from Chandler Witham and Mark Cho. Jake Walter, Mitchell Broadwin and Alex Chen added singles. Varun Suresh pitched well for the A's. Suresh's teammate, Krushi Vemula's excellent execution of a bases-loaded bunt to score a run was a highlight. A superb defensive play saw A's catcher Tylan Ahmed fake the throw to second with runners on the corners and instead, fired to Suresh now at shortstop. Suresh then gunned down the runner coming home, with Ahmed applying the tag.
The Mariners relied on Cheyenne Walker's hitting and defense to trim the Giants 6-4. Walker singled twice, drove in a pair of runs, and made a diving stop of a line drive at second base. Anthony Achacoa singled and walked and made a fine catch in right, while Patrick Zhu contributed defensively. For the Giants, Matthew Tang singled twice, Nick Mason doubled and made a great catch in center, and Darien Lo struck out seven while pitching. Chris Zhang also lashed a single for the Giants
Carlos Gee's RBI single was a key to the Mariners' 12-2 win over the A's, while Ryan Henderson singled, drove in a pair of runs and patrolled the outfield with skill. Guhan Sundar's backward diving catch of a short pop-up provided the web gem.
James Gaffey limited the Niles-Centerville A's to two hits in a 4-2 Giants win. Cade Nauman doubled, singled and drove in two runs. Nick Mason also doubled and singled while Johnny Neri made great contact while at the plate.
Kenny Jacoby fanned ten to carry the Mets past the Red Sox, 5-3, coming within one out of a complete game. His support came from a Mets' defense that made only one error. For the Red Sox, Ian Dickeson scattered four hits over five innings and Scott Dentinger smashed a double to the left field fence.
The A's downed the White Sox, 8-1, behind the combined pitching efforts of Matt Eike, Brandon Wong, Chris Gaines and Sam Sanches. The quartet allowed only three hits while striking out six. The offense was paced by Reid Marion, who continued his hot hitting with two doubles, a single and three RBI's. Gaines and Kyle Welker both collected two hits for the A's.
The Red Sox squeaked by the Warm Springs A's, 9-8, as Jeff Chu struck out the final batter of the game with the bases loaded. Patrick Yang collected his eighth and ninth extra-base hits of the season, cracking two doubles and driving in two runs. Chu also singled, doubled and scored three runs.