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July 8, 2009 > MSJLL 10-11s rally to reach finals

MSJLL 10-11s rally to reach finals

Submitted By MSJLL parents

The Mission San Jose Little League (MSJLL) 10- and 11-year-old stars rallied to knock off Newark American, 7-6, on Thursday, July 2, claiming a spot in the District 14 winner's bracket finals.

Newark had staked a 4-0, first-inning lead. The big blow was Mikey Brazil's double to center. MSJLL's pitcher, 10-year-old Mike Pyle, settled down as the game progressed, but Newark still led 6-2 after four innings.

Spoorthy Vemula singled and scored on Sam Lowrey's hit to close the gap to 6-3 in the fifth.

Ryland Mortlock opened the sixth with a walk, advancing to second and third and scoring on a wild pitch. But with two out, the Mission 10-11s kept battling. Kyle Dean singled. Following a pitching change, Mark Gaffey and Andrew Chang added singles to load the bases for Lowrey, who smacked his own single to plate two runs and tie the game. Stanley Chiang's single scored Chang to hand Mission the lead. Chris Desiniotis followed with a single to load the bases, but Newark escaped.

Reliever Nathan Pope faced four Newark batters in the bottom of the sixth to end the game. Mission plays Newark National at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 9, at Patterson School.

Juniors
MSJLL's Juniors claimed a big 10-6 win over a tough Niles-Centerville team, advancing to the winner's bracket finals. The Juniors were set to play Monday, July 6, against Newark National at Fremont American. (Results for the game not available at press.)

9-10 All-Stars
Mission's 9-10 All-Stars claimed a pair of wins in District 14 losers' bracket action. The 9-10 romped past Fremont American 11-0 at Gomes, riding Brett Hansen's stellar pitching. Hansen struck out eight and faced just 13 batters in a game shortened to four innings by the mercy rule. Jason Tan and Drew Burgess contributed to the offensive onslaught.

Playing again at Gomes, their home field, the 9-10s stopped Centerville American. 8-3. Tan's towering bases-loaded double was the big blow. Anthony Watkins also made solid contact for Mission, while second baseman Daniel Torsney was a difference-maker with fine fielding.

With the bases loaded in the sixth, Justin McFarland came into pitch and got a CALL batter to ground to Torsney, who smoothly turned the double play. McFarland struck out the final batter, ending the threat.
The 9-10s were set to face Warm Springs Blue at Newark American on Monday, July 6. (Also, results for this not available for press.)
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