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July 12, 2011 > Milpitas Little League has one team standing

Milpitas Little League has one team standing

By Biff Jones

In Little League Baseball District 59 (Gilroy, Milpitas, San Jose) Senior Division (15-16 year olds) action last week, Milpitas Little League lost to Berryessa LL of San Jose 10-3 in a winner's bracket game of the double-elimination tournament played at Milpitas Sports Complex (MSC) on Friday, July 8.

By virtue of a coin flip, Berryessa was the home team. In the top of the first inning Milpitas second baseman Brandon Dietzman beat out an infield hit but was picked off first base in a questionable call. In the top of the second, third baseman Ray Fuentes singled and then was erased on a double play. Same scenario continued for the host team in the third inning as left fielder Edwin Sevilla singled and then was doubled up on an infield pop out.

Best chance for Milpitas to score came in the fifth when Milpitas loaded the bases on a single by right fielder Steven Susbilla and walks to center fielder Josh Castro and Dietzman. However, that threat ended when Berryessa brought on its second reliever of the day to retire the side.

Meanwhile, Berryessa was putting up single runs in the first four innings to take a 4-0 lead going into the fifth. Rafael Guerra started on the mound for Milpitas and he lasted 1 2/3 innings. Dietzman relieved Guerra in the second and he lasted 1 1/3 innings before giving way to Brent Kuhne after giving up a lead off single in the bottom of the fourth.

Berryessa would break open the game in the bottom of the fifth as they scored five runs on four singles, a walk and a three-base error to take a 9-0 lead into the sixth. Fuentes would be the fourth pitcher used by Milpitas when he relieved Kuhne in the fifth.

Finally in the sixth, Milpitas got on the board with three runs when Fuentes led of with a single and Kuhne reached on a Berryessa fielding error. After an out, Sevilla walked and Susbilla followed with an RBI single. Final Milpitas run scored when Marquel Nelson, batting for Castro, singled. Berryessa would tack on one more run in their half of the sixth.

Berryessa moved on to the Championship game on Sunday, July 10, at Mt. Pleasant High School (MPHS) against Spartan LL and lost. Both sides met again on Monday, July 11, in a winner-take-all game. Result unavailable at press time. Milpitas played in an elimination game on Saturday at MPHS against Spartan and lost to end their season.

Milpitas Juniors defeated Alum Rock LL last Tuesday, 21-12 in a winner's bracket game at MPHS. Then last Friday, July 8, they lost a winner's bracket game, 16-6, to Evergreen Valley LL at MPHS. This put Milpitas Juniors in an elimination game on Saturday, July 9, at MSC where they were defeated, 10-0, by Gilroy LL to end their season.

Milpitas Minors 10-11 year olds played a winner's bracket game last Thursday, July 7, at LeyVa Elementary School where they lost to Gilroy National LL. In an elimination game last Saturday, July 9, Milpitas lost to Evergreen Valley at LeyVa to finish their season.

Last Wednesday, July 6, in a Minors 9-10 year old game at MSC, Milpitas and Gilroy National hooked up in a slugfest. Milpitas scored two runs in the first and one in the second inning before Gilroy got on the board with one in the third for a 3-1 Milpitas lead.

Bottom of the third saw Milpitas score eight runs to take an 11-1 lead going into the top of the fourth. Gilroy would have to score at least one run in the fourth or Milpitas would win on the 10-run mercy rule.

Not only did Gilroy score the needed one run, but they put seven runs on the board to cut the lead to 11-8. Gilroy then applied the shut down inning to Milpitas in the bottom of the fourth and both teams had a scoreless fifth. Top sixth saw Gilroy come all the way back as they took their first lead of the game and eventual final score, 14-11, with a six-run sixth.

Rene Gutierrez started for Milpitas and went 3-plus innings. He was relieved by Nathan Gomez who went 1/3 of an inning before Niko Robillos came on to pitch 1 inning. Keith Mills took the mound with one out in the fifth and lasted 2/3 plus before being chased with no outs in the top of the sixth. Nate Reyes pitched 1 inning going the remainder of the sixth.

Offensively for Milpitas, Robillos had two walks; Mills a double and reached on an error; Gutierrez a single and a walk; Gomez a single, a walk and was hit by a pitch; Reyes a single and a walk; Angel Nava a single; Vincent Maward a double and a walk; Justin Monigold a single; Darren Lee a single and a walk; Zack Rael a single; Keian Castro a walk; Aaron Tumber reached on an error; and Jomar Mendoza did not reach base but played some nice defense.

Milpitas 9-10 then lost their elimination game last Saturday, July 9, to Evergreen Valley at Flickinger Park which saw the 9-10 year olds play their last game of 2011.

Milpitas Majors All Stars opened their 2011 playoff season with a loss. They were the first Milpitas team to lose and are now the last team standing coming through the loser's bracket. In elimination games, they defeated Eastridge LL last Tuesday, July 5; Alum Rock last Friday, July 8; Oak Ridge LL last Saturday, July 9; and Berryessa, 6-3, last Sunday, July 10. On Monday, July 11, Milpitas played the loser of Sunday's winner's bracket game in another elimination game; results unavailable at press time.

Winners of Sunday and Monday's games play Tuesday, July 12, 5:30 p.m. at Reid-Hillview Airport Field in San Jose for the D59 Major All Star Championship. If the team with one loss beats the undefeated team on Tuesday, a winner-take-all game will be played between the same two teams on Wednesday, July 13, 5 p.m. at Reid-Hillview. For results and schedules go to the TCV Sports website,

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