July 10, 2012 > Mission San Jose goes to District 14 Finals
Mission San Jose goes to District 14 Finals
Submitted By Ed Hugo
The MSJLL Major All-Star team won two games to move to the winner's bracket finals in the District 14 tournament. In a quarterfinal contest, MSJLL defeated Centerville American (CALL) 5-3. And in a semi-final contest MSJLL won a nail-biting, heart-pounding 1-0 victory over Newark American.
CALL got off to a quick start against MSJLL as they scraped together two runs in the top of the first inning off of MSJLL starting pitcher Brett Hansen. However, MSJLL answered right back in the bottom of the first when Hansen scooted home to score MSJLL's first run. With Jacob DeVera at second, Justin Lu crushed a double to the right field fence to knock him in, and tie the score at 2-2.
Midway through the second inning, DeVera replaced Hansen on the mound. DeVera pitched masterfully, recording several strikeouts and only allowing one run on a CALL solo home run in the third that put CALL ahead 3-2.
In the bottom of the fifth, with the score still 3-2, MSJLL's Danny Torsney led off by being hit by a pitch. Sean Hamedanian followed with a ground ball that the CALL third baseman fielded cleanly and threw to the second baseman for the fielder's choice. However, the throw was high, allowing both Torsney and Hamedanian to reach base safely. With one out, Hansen ripped a lined shot double to the fence in right center, knocking in both runners and putting MSJLL ahead for the first time in the game, 4-3. Hansen then advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a passed ball, extending MSJLL's lead to 5-3.
In the game against NALL, MSJLL faced a tough squad where pitching prevailed as both sides combined to strike out 30 batters and give up only five hits in the eight-inning contest. In the third inning, DeVera - while on the mound - faced the daunting task of facing the second, third and fourth place NALL hitters but he struck out these hitters to shut down the NALL scoring threat.
The scoreless game continued to the eighth inning when MSJLL's Derek Chan drew a walk. Craig Prudente then hit a sharp ground ball to shortstop which was not fielded cleanly. With two outs and two on, Alex Wu roped a line drive single into centerfield to drive in the only run of the game. Wu finished the game with two hits, the only two for MSJLL.