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July 10, 2012 > MSJLL Seniors claim TOC crown

MSJLL Seniors claim TOC crown

Submitted By Ed Hugo, Photo submitted by Victor Cho

The Mission San Jose (MSJ) Senior Giants have claimed the 2012 Tournament of Champions in a two-game sweep over the Nationals - a team made up of players from other leagues in District 14. The games were stark contrasts of each other as MSJ won the first game with a dramatic seventh inning rally and the second by the 10-run mercy rule behind a dominating one-hit pitching performance by Mark Cho.

The Nationals jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead after two innings of the initial contest. David Williams, Dru Olson and Cooper Smith rapped out RBI singles providing pitcher Zac Wallace with the support he needed as the Giants didn't get a single hit during the first five innings. The Nationals added a run in the sixth inning on two walks and an MSJ error to give the Nationals a 4-0 lead as the game headed to its final inning. MSJ slowly mounted a rally and were able to load the bases but had two outs. That's when the MSJ bats came alive as Mark Cho doubled to drive home two runs. Mitch Broadwin and Thomas Rodriguez then both singled to highlight a six run rally that put MSJ on top 6-4. This win put MSJ up 1-0 in the best of three series.

In the second game of the series, the MSJ bats woke up early as they scored three runs in the top of the first inning to provide pitcher Mark Cho all the runs he would need. Cho gave up only two hits (two doubles by John Johonnot), stuck out eight and walked only one batter in his six innings on the mound.

MSJ's first-inning outburst was highlighted by Cho's second two-run double in as many games. MSJ added a run in the third inning as Cho double once again and came home on a ground out by Spoorthy Vemula. MSJ broke the game open with a six-run rally in the top of the sixth inning combining three hits with four National errors to put MSJ comfortably ahead 10-0. Cho did the rest as he sent the Nationals down in the bottom of the sixth inning to close out the game.

The same two teams will meet again next week in a best two-of-three series at Gomes Elementary School to determine the District 14 All-Star Champion. That team will move onto the Senior Sectional tournament which will be hosted by District 57 beginning in mid-July.

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