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July 9, 2008 > Warm Springs Little League Senior A's late season run ends in a loss

Warm Springs Little League Senior A's late season run ends in a loss

Submitted By WSLL Senior A's parents
Photos By Eileen Block

In the championship game of the District 14 (Fremont and Newark) Tournament of Champions (TOC), the WSLL Senior A's late season run ended abruptly as the clock stuck twelve with a 10-3 loss to the Niles-Centerville Senior Mets on Tuesday evening, June 24, at Mission San Jose Little League Senior Field. The loss ended a four game winning streak which saw the A's outscore their opponents by a combined score of 45-18.

The road to the playoffs started with a doubleheader sweep of Centerville-American Little League (CALL) Angels on June 7. The A's won the first game, 16-2, and were led by the pitching and hitting of Michael Avina and Nate Myers. The two combined on the mound to scatter three hits while giving up no earned runs. At the plate, Avina and Myers together went three for three with seven RBI's capped by a home run by Avina. In game two, the A's kept banging away. Wade Sarchet, three for three, Brandon Ross, three for four and Andrew Coy, two for four including a grand slam, led the way. Derek Block also chipped in with an RBI triple.

The first game of the playoffs was played on a very warm Friday evening, June 20, at Newark Memorial High School as the A's went up against the CALL Angels once again. This match-up proved to be much closer than the last two regular season games as the A's squeezed by the Angels, 8-6. Steven Langford, Chance O'Connor and Tyler Zacarias led the A's by reaching base a combined nine times in nine at bats while knocking in four runs.

In the semi-final game of the tourney, the A's trimmed the Fremont American Reds, 7-6. Ross, Ken Kester, Avina, Coy and Stephen Crowell combined for twelve hits, five of them doubles, to power the A's to victory. Crowell closed the game out by striking out five of the final seven batters in a dominating performance on the mound.

The A's entered the Championship game against the Niles-Centerville Mets with their pitching ace, Kester, rested and ready. Kester pitched a great game only giving up four hits, but unfortunately, one of those hits was a towering three run home run by Mets pitcher Robert Higaris. The A's, led by Trevor Davies at first base, played solid defense for most of the game. Warm Springs had one last rally in them when Andy Franklin knocked in the final run of the game with a base hit to left field. But it was too little too late.

Even with the loss, the A's had a successful season reaching the Senior TOC Championship game for the first time in over five seasons.

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