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June 4, 2010 > Centerville American A's take Memorial Day Classic

Centerville American A's take Memorial Day Classic

Submitted By Sanjna Shukla
Photos By Mike Heightchew

After a weekend of intense baseball, the Centerville American (CA) Athletics took first place at the Warm Springs Little League (WSLL) Major Memorial Classic. The tournament was full of turnarounds, upsets and last-minute game winners.

The CA A's put on a show as they shutout the Warm Springs (WS) A's, 7-0.

The WS A's looked like they were off to a promising start as their first three hitters all got base hits, but good defense by CA kept them from getting a run. Next the CA A's were up to bat and two doubles and a steal later were up, 2-0. Brian Jeong of Warm Springs had a spectacular play to first to end the inning and keep CA to two runs.

The second inning was scoreless for both teams, but Centerville was able to add to their lead with two grounder doubles in the bottom of the third. By the end of the third, CA had pulled their lead up to 4-0. However, Centerville's offense wasn't the only key to their win; their defense was impenetrable.

Pitcher Marc Goulart of Centerville had three strikeouts at the top of the fourth. Warm Springs didn't leave the field without a fight, however. Pitcher Tebrez Khan and the WS defense were able to keep CA from scoring in the fourth inning. With a few more doubles, steals and runs, Centerville American was able to end the game with a 7-0 win.

Fighting for third place were the Centerville American Angels and the Mission San Jose Yankees. The Yankees clinched the win, 10-8. The Yankees' defense was impressive, but Clay Bennett of the Angels was able to snag a two-run homerun in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Yankees' pitcher Joseph Lee had multiple strikeouts and helped his team hold on to their win.

After a difficult 7-1 loss to the Centerville National A's, the Warm Springs Cardinals were able to rally back and beat the Centerville American A's, 6-5. Alex Sprigs of the Centerville American A's hit a two-run homerun at the bottom of the third inning to put the A's up 5-2. His homerun wasn't enough, however, as the Cardinals rallied back late in the game and upset the A's 6-5.

The Cardinals handed the A's their first loss of the tournament, but were not able to advance.

Ethan Durant of the Warm Springs Cardinals had a three-run homerun against the Mission San Jose Yankees, and the Cardinals beat the Yankees, 13-8.

Yankees bounced back to shutout the Warm Springs White Sox, 7-0. Yankees' pitcher Christopher Desiniotis had an outstanding weekend and helped keep their runs against to a minimum.

Nick Chew of the Warm Springs Tigers also had a three-run homerun, and helped his team defeat the Centerville National Giants, 10-9.

Although neither team placed, the Centerville National Padres and the Warm Springs Yankees had the most competitive game of the tournament. At the top of the third it seemed that the Yankees had a sure win as they were up 6-1. The Padres put on a spectacular display of both offense and defense and pulled the score up to 11-9 at the top of the sixth.

Jordan Frierson of the Padres had the game-sealing catch on defense and locked the Padres' win. Although the Padres didn't advance, the game was representative of the tournament's unpredictability.

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