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June 4, 2008 > Rojas Powers White Sox to Mission San Jose Little League Juniors Title

Rojas Powers White Sox to Mission San Jose Little League Juniors Title

Submitted By MSJLL Parents for week ending May 31
Photos By MSJLL Parents

Vince Rojas ripped a pair of doubles and kept the Red Sox at bay in a 13-6 White Sox victory that determined first place in the MSJLL Juniors Division. The White Sox rapped out eleven hits and took advantage of nine walks. Kevin Finch and Tim Tang each singled and doubled while Tang also pitched two innings of scoreless relief to secure the win. For the Red Sox, Patrick Yang cracked a three-run double.

The White Sox won the regular-season title, but the Mets were white hot down the stretch, closing the season with five straight wins. The Mets edged the A's 7-4 in a nine-inning thriller. Down 4-2 in the seventh, the Mets tied the game on Sammy Brown's clutch two-out single. Brown gave up only one run in four innings of relief. The Mets put the game away with three runs in the ninth inning, using only one hit and capitalizing on A's errors. Brown retired the A's in order in the bottom of the ninth.

Chandler Witham's two-run double in the sixth inning gave the Yankees the lead, then Zach Strand followed with a three-run homer on his 12th birthday to seal a 9-3 win over the Giants. Mitchell Broadwin tripled, Arjun Sarkar pitched well and first baseman Thomas Rodriguez made two unassisted outs. For the Giants, Terence Hu had a big day, snaring two line drives at third and contributing a single, double and an RBI. Cade Nauman singled and drove in two runs while Chris Zhang doubled and Matthew Tang added a scorching single.

Slugger Adam Curtis launched a two-run homer to left to lift the Mariners over the Cubs, 11-4. Curtis also anchored the defense. Cheyenne Walker allowed only two hits in five innings and helped his own cause, reaching base four times. Martin Padilla, Saad Azam and Jason Amico contributed hits. Guhan Sundar ranged far into foul territory to corral a pop fly for an out.

The Giants pounded out an 18-3 win over the A's, with Johnny Neri singling twice, doubling and scoring three runs. Jordan Terbeek also reached base three times. Nick Mason pitched well for the Giants.

In another Giants A's encounter, the Giants squeaked out a 6-5 win over the A's with four runs in the bottom of the sixth. Nauman scored the winning run on a passed ball. James Gaffey crushed two doubles and Aurick Zhou walked and scored for Giants. It was the brilliant pitching by the A's Trevor Brown that kept the Giants at bay until he left in the sixth. Brown struck out nine in four and a third innings of work, allowing no hits or runs. Varun Suresh led the A's offense with a double, two singles and a run scored. Adam Bao singled and scored twice while Satkaran Tamber pounded out two doubles.

The A's dropped the Cubs, 10-4, with nine runs in the third. Suresh singled twice and drove in two runs. Tylan Ahmed singled, tripled and contributed two RBI's while Tamber doubled and drove in two runs as well. Third baseman Riyaz Merchant took catcher Jigar Desai's throw to tag out a runner leading too far off base. The Cubs fell despite a double from Austin King and singles from Neel Sharma, Johnathan Chen, Ryan Lee and Karthik Kribakaran.

Minor National
The Braves relied on Sam Lowrey's usual steady pitching to stop the Giants 4-2. Lowrey struck out ten in four innings while Stanley Chiang closed the game with five strikeouts in two innings. Shiv Kapur and Varun Viswanath singled and scored, Chiang doubled and Lynnea Shuck reached base twice.

Strong pitching from Prathik Jogi, Shuck and Ethan Hu led the Braves to an 18-10 win over the A's. Aarsh Shah collected four hits and three RBI's, lead-off hitter, Alan Jin, scored four runs and Lowrey pounded three hits to drive in four runs. Hu and Shuck added to the run total when each scored twice. For the A's, Cole Furukawa banged three hits and stole five bases, Angel Rodriguez scored twice and also stole five bases and Lorenzo Hyer had a strong pitching outing. Ben Nguyen also pitched well in his debut on the mound.

Minor American
Another instance of the Giants starting strong only to lose at the end. The Giants were leading the Yankees 3-0 until the 3rd inning behind the strong pitching of Jonah Baldwin and good team fielding. That is when the roof caved in as the Yankees capitalized on walks and Giant errors to race to a 6-3 victory. For the Giants, Tom Scrutton played well despite an injury to his knee and he bravely completed the game. Offensively for the giants, good hitting was provided by Joseph Lee, Tiancheng Cheng and Junaid Mohammed.

The Dodgers hosted the A's with Giancarlo Aiuto doing an awesome job as the pitcher. Sagar Ludjer made an outstanding play at second and Moises Barrington singled in every inning. Power hitters, Steadman Findley, Cyle Glidewell and Joshua Scheel, slammed homers. The Dodgers were lucky to have the Minor National Red Sox as their buddies.

Top T-Ball Players
Angels: Edward Lu, Avantae Spikener, Vasisht Suresh, Marcus Watkins, Jason Zhao, James Zheng, Erin Zhu; A's: Daniel Geschke, James Luo, Ram Nallappan, Felix Peng, Charlotte Sayle, Abhigya, James Yem; Giants: Naqib Khan, Ben Lee, Brian Lu, Jenna Pennella, Krishnan Sharma, Michael Thompson, Edmund Young, Alvin Zhang; White Sox: Tovin Loth, Ganesh Murugappan, Stephanie Nguyen, Lucas Picard, Ramesh Viswanathan, Justin Wey, Bethany Woo.

MSJLL action continues this week with division playoffs and the annual Friendship Games. Closing ceremonies and All-Star announcements will be on Saturday, June 7.

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