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July 6, 2010 > MSJLL 9-10 advances

MSJLL 9-10 advances

Submitted By Gokul Srini

After a tough 19-5 loss to Warm Springs Little League, it looked as if Mission San Jose Little League's 9-10 All-Star team was out of contention to win the District 14 Championship. But in this double elimination tournament, they were far from eliminated, and have won two games in a row to move up in the elimination bracket.

MSJLL moves one step closer to the District 14 Championship after defeating Centerville National, 12-1, and Fremont American, 15-4, little leagues.

In the Centerville American game on Tuesday, June 29, Christopher Casipit took the mound and struck out eight batters and allowed only two walks and one run. At the plate, Dylan King hit an inside-the-park homer, one that was close to going completely out of the park; Sean Hamedanian had three RBIs; Torin Yao, Adam Chang and Aman Chopra all came off the bench and each contributed an RBI (Chang with a stand-up triple that brought in Gokul Sinri); and Clark Wey had a three-hit, two-RBI game.

Overall, it was a great performance by the Mission San Jose 9-10 All Stars to stay alive in the District 14 All-Star Tournament.

On Thursday, July 1, MSJLL's 9-10 All-Star team beat the Fremont American All Stars, 15-4, in a five-inning, mercy-rule contest. It was an outstanding, all-around game for the whole team as every player contributed to the win.

Starting pitcher Justin Lu threw three and two-thirds with eight strikeouts to get the win. Wey followed Lu to the hill and pitched the final inning and a third, striking out the batters to get the save.

The highlight defensive play of the game came in the fifth inning with one out and Wey pitching with a 15-4 lead, trying to finish the game. A sharply hit ball was hit to the first baseman Gokul Srini. Srini made a diving backhand stop and made a headfirst dive and touched the base just before the runner reached first.

On the other side of the field, the MSJLL All Stars offense is sizzling. Lu had a great offensive game, getting seven RBIs with a grand slam and a triple; Wey had two hits, a walk and three RBIs; Christopher Casipit had two singles and a double; and Alex Wu had a double and two RBIs.

The Mission 9-10 year old All-Stars next play Newark American on Tuesday, July 6, to determine which team makes it to the elimination bracket final game on Saturday, July 10.

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