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July 23, 2013 > Mission San Jose Little League wins then falls short in sectional play

Mission San Jose Little League wins then falls short in sectional play

Submitted By Mike Heightchew, Photo by Mike Heightchew

Saturday, July 13
The Mission San Jose Little League (MSJLL) All Stars had an up and down series of games as they were eliminated from 2013 NOR CAL Section 3 All Star Tournament. They began on a very good note by winning their opening game over CA District 45's host league, San Lorenzo American Little League (SLZALL), 8-3.

In an impressive show of strength, MSJLL started the scoring, putting the first four runs on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first inning with great hitting by Ted Shao-Xue who started the offensive attack when he hit a solo homer and Dylan King, followed up with a two run shot. MSJLL was not only hitting well, but pitchers and defense were in tune as well. In the top of the second inning, MSJLL looked to be in trouble as SLZALL loaded the bases with no outs.

A one-hopper to third baseman Marcus Watkins, resulted in a double play as he tagged third and threw home to catcher Teg Laudher to complete the play. MSJLL wasn't out of trouble just yet as SLZALL still had runners on first and second. The next batter for D45 hit a shot up the middle that looked like it would go all the way to the fence when, out of nowhere, MSJ second baseman Ted Shao-Xue appeared to snare the drive. That seemed to take the wind out of the SLZA team.

Every time SLZA seemed to mount a rally, the MSJ defense rose to the occasion. Winning pitcher, Clark Wey, had a shaky start, throwing 42 pitches in the first two innings, but settled down and took command of the game. When he needed a pitch to get out of trouble, he found it.

Even though MSJLL was eliminated in later play, losing to the CA District 57 Champions 7-1, their coaching staff feels that with the experience gained this year, there will be a different result in next year's All Star Tournament.


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