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July 5, 2011 > MSJLL Juniors fall but battle back

MSJLL Juniors fall but battle back

Submitted By Dustin Chiang

After a tough loss to Niles-Centerville Little League (NCLL) on Monday, Mission San Jose Little League (MSJLL) rebounded with two hard-fought elimination bracket victories to stay in contention in the California District 14 Junior All-Star competition.

MSJLL fell behind 8-0 early against NCLL in the second round of All Star play. With no letdown, Mission San Jose came back slowly throughout the game, aided by three-hit efforts from Austin King and Jagvir Tamber as well as three runs scored by Hanson Wang. Their comeback fell short, however, and they fell 16-13 to move to the elimination bracket.

After unexpected June rain made play impossible on Tuesday, June 28, MSJLL entered a nail-biting pitchers' duel on Wednesday evening. Mission sent Dustin Chiang to the mound to battle against Ryan Briscoe of Fremont American Little League. Both pitchers were extremely tough to crack, and Briscoe threw a complete game, allowing just two runs. Chiang came out with the edge, however, allowing just one run while striking out seven over 5 2/3 innings pitched. Tamber and King of MSJLL followed Chiang on the mound and were lights out, closing out a 2-1 victory for Mission.

With a tough elimination bracket schedule, MSJLL played again the following night against a very tough team from Centerville American Little League. Sam Lowrey tossed 5-plus excellent innings for MSJLL, and Tamber came in to pitch yet again, getting the final six outs of the game. King silenced a late seventh-inning rally by CALL with a leaping catch in left field, after which he fired a bullet to second base to double off the runner who had been on second.

MSJLL now advances to the final game of the elimination bracket on July 6 at Vallejo Mill Elementary at 5:30 pm against Centerville National Little League.

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