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July 10, 2012 > MSJLL Junior All-Stars win first two games

MSJLL Junior All-Stars win first two games

Submitted By Ed Hugo

The Mission San Jose Little League (MSJLL) Junior all-star team won its first two games on July 1 to advance to the winner's bracket semi-final by defeating Fremont American Little League (FALL) 24-3 and Centerville American Little League (CALL) 7-3.

MSJLL opened up their game with CALL by scoring the game's initial run in the first inning as Mike Pyle slammed a double to drive home Aaron Havard who had walked. The score remained 1-0 until the top of the fourth inning when CALL tallied a single run to tie the game. CALL scored two more runs in the top of the fifth inning to take a 3-1 lead, but MSJLL came right back with a run of their own to cut the deficit to 3-2 as Kevin Zhangxu's single drove home Stanley Chiang who had also singled.

With the score still 3-2, the MSJLL offense came alive in the bottom of the sixth inning as they scored five runs and capitalized on two CALL errors. MSJLL had key hits by Spoorthy Vemula, Jason Liu and Mark Gaffey.

A trio of MSJLL pitchers limited CALL to only two hits as the MSJLL defense committed four errors to aid the CALL offense. Stanley Chiang, Zhangxu and Aaron Havard combined on the hill to strike out six batters and move MSJLL into the winner's bracket semi-final game on July 3 against NCLL at Gomes School.

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