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July 19, 2011 > Dirty Sox take TPR All-Star Classic

Dirty Sox take TPR All-Star Classic

Submitted By Ed Hugo

Dirty Sox, a Fremont-based baseball team of 15 and 16 year olds from Mission San Jose area, took home the TPR All-Star Classic championship during the weekend of July 9-10 in Ripon. After losing their initial game to a strong TVBR Sox team, 10-0, the Sox bounced back and won four straight games over two days to take home the championship trophy.

Their first game against the TVBR Sox looked to be a true pitchers' duel as Sox starter Kenny Jacoby held the TVBR Sox scoreless for the first three innings. But the TVBR Sox bats came alive in the fourth inning as they scored 10 runs to put the game out of reach.

The Sox bounced back against the Sun Devils with a convincing 13-1 win as Brandon Facha took the mound and pitched a complete game two-hitter with 11 strikeouts. The Sox scored early and often taking a 10-0 lead after the first three innings. Kevin Finch, Wyatt Ott and Cole Lewis all knocked in two runs with clutch base hits. Ryan Mark also contributed a run scoring single.

The Sox then played the Kali Baseball 16U team and defeated them 12-6. James Gaffey led the Sox offense with three RBIs and Reid Marion drove in two. The Sox collected 14 hits to support the combined pitching efforts of Brandon Fuhs and Facha. Jeff Chu had two hits and scored two runs from the lead off spot and Kenny Jacoby rapped out three hits and scored three runs. Finch added a double and single to the Sox offensive display and Thomas Rodriquez added a single.

The win over Kali Baseball 16U team placed the Sox in the semifinal game against the Dirty Birds and it turned out to be a high-scoring affair. The Sox broke out fast scoring three runs in the first inning with the key hit being a two-run single by Gaffey. The Dirty Birds bounced back to take a 6-2 lead as the game headed to the bottom of the fifth inning. With one out in the bottom of the fifth, the Sox next nine batters reached base safely as they scored seven runs to take a 10-6 lead.

The Dirty Birds would not lie quietly in their nest as they scored two runs in the sixth and seventh innings to tie the game at 10. In the bottom of the seventh inning, the Sox loaded the bases with no one out. After a strike out, Jeff Chu became the hero of the moment as he ended the game with a single to right, sending the Sox to the championship.

In the championship, the Sox, playing in their third game of the day, had a rematch with TVBR Sox. The durable Facha took the mound for the Sox and the TVBR Sox bats came alive immediately, scoring two runs on three hits in the top of the first. The Sox responded immediately, plating two in their half of the first. They broke the game open in the bottom of the second as they scored five runs to take a 7-2 lead with Gaffey's bases loaded two-run double being the big blow of the inning.

After that it was all Facha as he limited the TVBR Sox to only one hit and three base runners over the next five innings. Finch came on to pitch the seventh inning and shut the TVBR Sox down on only eight pitches which gave the Sox a 9-2 victory and the tournament championship. Wyatt Ott led the offense with a 4-4 game with an RBI. Facha helped his own cause with two hits and two RBIs.

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