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June 26, 2012 > Yankees Eliminated in TOC Play

Yankees Eliminated in TOC Play

By Kenny Jacoby

The Mission San Jose Yankees took on the Niles-Centerville Giants on Saturday, June 16 in the first round of the Major Division Tournament of Champions. Though both teams played strong baseball, the Giants won big by a final score of 8-0.

Isaak Huffman crafted a gem for the Giants, pitching six shutout innings for a complete game in less than 70 pitches. Huffman also added a two-run, bases loaded single in the bottom of the first that put the Giants in the lead. The Giants would score two more runs later that inning, setting the score at 4-0, where it would remain for most of the game. In the bottom of the fifth, Niles-Centerville's Andrew Gaspar blasted a high fly ball over the fence in right-center for a two-run home run, which sealed the game for the Giants. Brian Gonzalez and Frankie Lawrence would add RBI singles to put the Giants ahead 8-0.

The Yankees' Brett Hansen pitched three solid innings, amassing several strikeouts with his strong fastball. Sean Hamedanian took over in the bottom of the fourth and picked up some key outs in the heart of the Giants' order. The Yankees had numerous scoring opportunities, but could not turn the base runners into runs. Hansen, Hamedanian, and Vincent Chiao were each robbed of base hits on excellent defensive plays by the Giants. Yankees manager Matt Hansen said after the game, "It was just one of those games where nothing went right for us."

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