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May 18, 2010 > MSJLL Senior Giants squeak by rival A's

MSJLL Senior Giants squeak by rival A's

Submitted By Ed Hugo

Mission San Jose Little League's Senior League regular season got off to an explosive start with the Giants squeaking by the A's, 5-4, in eight innings.

Brandon Fuhs provided the clutch hit as he drove a one-out line drive to the right field fence to score Chris Lo from second base with the winning run. Lo had reached base after being hit by a pitch and had been moved up into scoring position on Kenny Jacoby's line drive single to left field.

Fuhs and Jacoby shared the mound duties for the Giants and scattered 13 hits while walking only two A's batters.

The Giants scored the game's initial two runs as they capitalized on three hit batsmen and a single by Jacoby in the first inning. The A's bounced right back with two runs of their own as Larry Price and Devon Jones both singled in runs in the second inning. The Giants retook the lead in the third inning, 4-2, as Patrick Yang led off the inning with a solid double, was sacrificed to third base by Brian Zucker, and scored on a single by Logan Graves. Graves eventually scored on an A's error.

The A's kept the pressure on by scoring single runs in the fifth and seventh innings to tie the score at four apiece. Price and Jones (who combined for seven A's hits) were instrumental in both rallies as both rapped out a double to set up the scoring opportunities.

Once the A's had tied the score, 4-4, on Kyle Welker's single, they found themselves with runners on second and third base with only one out. Reid Marion, who had doubled earlier in the game, then lashed a line drive that was headed for center field, but Giants' pitcher Brandon Fuhs caught the searing drive and turned it into a quick double play.

With Price on the mound for the A's, the Giants rallied in the bottom of the seventh inning as they loaded the bases but Price was able to escape the jam as he recorded a strikeout for the final out of the inning. The A's then went quietly in the top of the eighth inning setting up Fuhs heroics to end the well-played contest.

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