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July 15, 2009 > Local teams keep winning

Local teams keep winning

By Biff Jones

Union City National took on Ashland of San Leandro in District 45 (Union City/Hayward Area) Juniors' All-Star action on Tuesday, July 7. This game was over after two innings of play as UCN scored five in the first and five more in the second to take a commanding 10-0.

Alex Maldonado pitched the first two innings for UCN then was relieved by Alexis Dieguez, who pitched the final three innings. UCN tacked on four more runs in their half of the third and fourteen runs in the bottom of the fourth. After Ashland had its at bat in the fifth inning, the game was called because of the ten run mercy rule with UCN winning, 28-0.

UCN starters, Josh Roman, Gabe Arias, Jesse Rivera, Erik Rameriza, Robea Maltoni, Phillip Cervantez, Tim Hernandez, along with Maldonado and Dieguez, all contributed to the high powered offense. In addition, reserves, Crystian Munoz, Daniel Cardenas Jr., Justin Ruybal and Luis Soto also played a part in the hit barrage.

On Saturday, July 11, UCN defeated San Lorenzo American, 11-5, and will await the winner of SLZA and Mt. Eden of Hayward played Monday, July 13. Results unavailable at press time. Go to web site www.tricityvoice.com/sports for the score.

On Wednesday, July 8, Milpitas Junior All-Stars took on Alum Rock of San Jose in losers' bracket action of District 59 (Milpitas/San Jose Area). What started out as a blow-out turned into a close contest.

Milpitas scored four in the first inning, one in the third, four more in the fourth, another run in the fifth and two in the sixth. Meanwhile, AR could only muster two each in the first and fifth innings to give Milpitas a 12-4 lead after six innings of play. However, AR was not dead as they decided to make a game of it by plating six runs in the bottom of the seventh before falling, 12-10, to Milpitas.

Starting pitcher for Milpitas was Benito Robledo, who went four and one-third innings. He was relieved by Daniel Shak (1 2/3 IP), Steven Susbilla (2/3 IP), Oscar Alvarado, zero plus innings, and Ronnie Reed, who came on to get the final out of the game.

Hitting star for Milpitas was catcher, James Sarantopulos, who had a double and a single. Other Milpitas starters were Josh Castro, David Kruskamp, Sal Lopez, and A.J. Martinez. Reserves also contributing to the victory were Brandon Dietzman, Josh Richards and Lou Martin.

Milpitas defeated Oak Valley of San Jose, 6-4, on Friday, July 10; then lost to Evergreen of San Jose, 7-1, on Sunday, July12, to end their season.

In District 14 (Fremont/Newark) Junior All-Star play, Mission San Jose of Fremont defeated Newark National, 6-0, to win the D14 Juniors Tournament. They now move on to Section 3 play at Granada Little League in Livermore, July 18-23. MSJ will play the D45 Juniors' winner at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 18, at Max Bear Park in Livermore.

Pitching for MSJ was Scott Havard (4 2/3 IP), and Brandon Facha (1 1/3 IP). Issac Liston started for NN and went five plus innings before Clayton Raber took over for the final two innings.

Top batters for MSJ were second baseman Kevin Finch with two singles and a walk; first baseman James Gaffey, a double and a single; and catcher Brandon Fuhs, two singles. Other MSJ players are Jeff Chu, Kenny Jacoby, Reid Marion, Devon Jones, Adam Curtis, Patrick Andresen, Wyatt Ott and Ryan Marks.

Getting the only three base hits allowed by MSJ were NN players, catcher Joey Angeja (2B), Liston (1B) and left fielder Eric Tolbertson (1B). Drawing walks for NN were first baseman Shaun Godfrey, right fielder Nate Peters, third baseman Sammy Sood and Raber.

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