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June 22, 2010 > MSJLL Senior Giants sweep into TOCs

MSJLL Senior Giants sweep into TOCs

Submitted By Ed Hugo

The Mission San Jose Little League Senior Giants took two straight games in the best-of-three playoff series against the MSJLL A's to earn a spot in the District 14 Senior TOC tournament. Strong pitching and timely hitting were the keys to the Giants 3-2 and 11-4 victories.

In the first game, the Giants' Brandon Fuhs locked horns with the A's Larry Price in a classic pitchers' duel. Fuhs did his part with his second consecutive impressive start as he scattered seven hits and came within one out of pitching a complete game. Fuhs struck out six and walked only one batter as he shut down the A's offense after allowing a first-inning run. Price matched Fuhs pitch for pitch as he threw a complete game with no walks and four strikeouts.

The Giants countered the A's early tally with two runs of their own in the bottom of the first. Brian Zucker, Fuhs and Patrick Yang all smacked doubles to put the Giants ahead 2-1. The score remained the same until the bottom of the fifth inning when the Giants scored what proved to be the winning run. Andrew Chang started the rally with a bloop double down the left field line and came around to score on a single by Zucker, his second hit of the game.

The A's rallied in the last inning on hits by Sean Tannenbaum and Cole Lewis, and a sacrifice fly off of the bat of Devon Jones to bring the score to 3-2. The A's had the tying and lead runs on second and third with two outs when Giants' reliever Kenny Jacoby induced the A's Kyle Welker to pop to third base for the final out of the game.

The Giants' Kevin Finch took to the hill in the second game against the A's Devon Jones. This contest proved to be as close and competitive as the first game until the Giants offense exploded in the final inning.

Finch pitched a complete-game, 78-pitch effort as he walked only one A's batter and struck out five. Jones held the Giants' bats in check over the first four innings and was replaced with the A's down by a score of 3-1. The Giants widened their lead to 5-1 in the top of the sixth inning as Yang's solid single drove in both Zucker and Finch who had both singled earlier in the inning.

The A's answered with two runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth to close the gap to 5-3 on a solid two-run double by Ryan Mark.

The Giants' offense then exploded for six runs in the top of the seventh inning to put the game away. Fuhs delivered the key hit of the inning with a two-run single. The A's attempted to mount a comeback in the bottom of the seventh inning as Price and James Gaffey led off the inning with back-to-back singles. But Finch toughened up and retired the final three A's batters to send the Giants to the TOC tournament.

The Giants will face the Warm Springs Little League A's in the TOC tournament on Tuesday, June 22, at the Niles-Centerville diamond. A victory there will place them in the championship game on Thursday, June 24 at the MSJLL field at Gomes School.

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