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July 5, 2011 > MSJLL Majors continue to pound the baseball

MSJLL Majors continue to pound the baseball

Submitted By Ed Hugo

After what started out as a hard fought contest, Mission San Jose Little League eventually pulled away from Centerville National Little League, 12-1, in the second round of the District 14 Major (11-13 year olds) All Stars Tournament played at Warm Springs on Monday, June 27.

Mission's offense got off to a quick start when Mike Pyle stepped to the plate with two out in the first inning and hit a long home run driving in Brett Hansen and Kyle Dean for a 3-0 lead. After the quick start, the Mission bats were slowed by pitchers Ryan Gibson and Jesse Perez, as they were supported by a solid Centerville National defense around the diamond.

Eventually Mission broke through racking up a total of 19 hits and scoring in double digits for the second game in a row. Kyle Dean, Mark Gaffey and Kevin Zhangzou all had four hits, while Ryan King, Mike Pyle and Mark Hu each added a pair. Dean and Zhangzou also counted a homer among their hits for Mission.

Boosted by his early homerun, Pyle had a strong outing on the mound for Mission, allowing just one run on three hits as he pitched a complete game. Centerville National's All Stars, who had scored 11 runs in their previous win, were baffled by Pyle's mixture of an effective fastball and a dazzling curveball as he struck out 12 batters and walked only two.

Centerville National's first serious threat came in the third inning, but ended with two runners stranded on base. They finally scored in the top of the fifth when, with two out and a 1-2 count, Jordan Frierson stroked a double to the base of the centerfield fence that scored the fleet Carlos Fernandez from second base.

Both teams remain alive in the double elimination tournament. Centerville National advanced another day with a 4-0 win over Warm Springs on Wednesday, June 29. They will next play another elimination game match on Tuesday, July 5. Mission San Jose will play Niles-Centerville on Tuesday, July 5, at 5:30 at Marshall School on Curtis Street in Fremont.

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