Island sports: Alameda Little League update
Shooting Stars Photography Astros 18, Morgan Stanley, Bail Group Athletics 4
The Astros rocketed away from the A’s over the final four innings on April 25 after a tight 5-4 start. Nice catches by Astros outfielders Jamie Nemzer and Mitchell Nakahara and shutout efforts by Astros pitchers John Huntoon, Joe Hausner, and Anthony Bonino ended the A’s scoring. For the A’s, catcher Patrick Vaca threw out two runners in the first two innings, and had an RBI single. First baseman Jason Johnson made a nice scoop to save an out.
The Shooting Stars Photography Astros 15, Service West Inc. Phillies 14
On April 22, starting pitchers Nick Adgar (Phillies) and Greg Ngim (Astros) each hit home runs for their teams in the first inning. The game then quickly turned into a slugfest between the two teams with the lead changing several times. The Astros’ Miguel Hidalgo, Greg Ngim, Andrew Liu, Mitchell Nakahara, James Bramble, John Huntoon, Anthony Bonino and Joe Hausner all had hits and RBIs. Jamie Nemzer played well on defense and Nicolas Solis had what turned out to be the winning hit and RBI in the top of the 5th. Matt Woo, Alex Vick, Alex Luque and Nick Adgar all had hits and RBIs for the Phillies.
Dome Fits Nationals 8, Morgan Stanley, Bail Group Athletics 4
Solid pitching and defense on April 21 resulted in a tight 4-4 ballgame after six innings that didn’t break open until the seventh. For the Nationals, first baseman Roy Parsons made two “Web Gem” plays on pop flies, and Asa Mayeux had a key RBI hit in the seventh inning. For the A’s, Keoni Otenbriet and Jack Delmore made fine running catches in left field, and shortstop Daniel Bail turned a potential hit up the middle into an out.
Tapioca Express Mariners 7, Shooting Stars Photography Astros 5
On April 18 for the Mariners, Nels Bergeron pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings. Dillon Tonningsen had a single, Kaleo Johnson had a single and a double and Ryan Fong had a double and a triple. For the Astros, John Huntoon pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings, reached base in four plate appearances with one single and three walks, drove in two runs and scored one run. Gregory Ngim and Mitchell Nakahara both reached base with singles.
Tapioca Express Mariners 6, Shay’s Café Diamondbacks 1
Matt Esparza pitched 4 2/3 innings for the Mariners on April 19 allowing only two hits and one run. Steve Manzo closed the game striking out the side in the sixth inning. Kaleo Johnson and Matt Esparza drove in all six runs for the Mariners. Joey Lopez made the defensive play of the game with a running catch in foul territory which helped strand two D’Back runners. Jarrod Cleto and Joey Allen pitched the game for the Diamondbacks and held the Mariners to six runs. Jarrod Cleto hit a double and drove in one run. Trevor Greenley also reached base with a double.
Vanguard Construction Express 14, Adelante Capital Management Hooks 2
On April 25 with the bases loaded in the 2nd, Express’ Jason Ravetti hit a shot to center clearing the bases. Ravetti hit another bomb in the 4th to add two more runs for the Express. Kyle Averitt and Willie Mein both added hits for the Hooks, but solid pitching by Carson Bridges and Matthew Achramowicz, and strong defense by shortstop Alex Achramowicz and center fielder David Republicano kept the Hooks to two runs.
XO JET Sea Dogs 8, La Estrellita Cafe & Bar Grasshoppers 5
The Sea Dogs got off to a great start on April 17 with a triple by Conor Neal. Teammates Cameron Ba, Neil Donovan and Ammar Omar followed up with doubles. Liam Neal, entering as a reliever, pitched out of a jam in the first and retired the side in the second. Pop flys caught by Casey Winckler stopped two scoring opportunities for the Grasshoppers. Excellent defense by Brandon Smith and Kyle Kathman kept the Grasshoppers in the game.
Bancroft Pediatrics Sand Gnats 6, Pier 29 Lug Nuts 5
On April 20, the Lug Nuts’ Colin Chan and Josh Anders both hit doubles, with Chan’s hit plating his teammate for the first run of the game. The Lug Nuts held the Sand Gnats scoreless for the first three innings, and stretched their lead to four runs. However, the Sand Gnats would begin their comeback in the 4th inning, with Ryan Finer, Michael Waldman and Emil Davis each driving in a run. Defensively, Sand Gnats’ Ryan Sparks caught a pop up, and was able to turn an unassisted double play by tagging the runner out at second base. Michael Waldman also caught two pop flys in the visitor’s half of the 7th and final inning.
Bip’s Broiler Ironbirds 4, Rafferty Engineering Owlz 0
On April 18 the Ironbirds shut out the Owlz through great hitting by most team members, including a double by Bryce Bromberger and RBIs by Matthew Dalton and Cedric Thelen. The Owlz’ in-fielders took charge with great grabs and tags by Nate Whittaker and Evan Rafferty at pitcher and Owen Ramiza at first base. The Ironbirds’ infield responded with great pop fly catches by the infield. The Owlz line-up worked hard, with great hits by Maya Sprouse, Jacob DeMarco and Alvin Li, but the Ironbirds ruled the day.
CB Richard Ellis, Inc A’s vs. Alameda Taqueria Red Sox
On April 26, the A’s hosted the Red Sox in an Alameda Little League Farm Division game. Team captains for the A’s were Will Sariano Roberts and Griffin Geary, who along with Jacob McNamee received game balls. Harrison Bell made many fine defensive plays for the A’s, who next host the MacWorld White Sox on May 3.
CB Richard Ellis, Inc A’s vs. Marci Steward Designs and The Goode Trust
The A’s hosted the Orioles in an Alameda Little League Farm Division tilt on April 19. The team captains for the A’s were Eric Jarecki and Matthew Hui, who both received game balls. Zachary Aman and Harrison Bell also received game balls after the game. Jonathan Andrews provided the biggest hit of the day for the green and gold. The A’s next host the Alameda Taqueria Red Sox on April 26.
Pacific Fine Foods Indians vs. Prado Natural Juices and Nectars Angels
On April 19, the Angeles stepped up to the plate and delivered monster hits by Ian Van Spyk, David Tuutafaivia, and Calla Watkins. The Indians responded with clutch hitting from Sean Gorham, Danny Keep, and Andrew Powell. The Angeles infield defended their territory with great outs from Kaitlyn Tien at first base and Miles Smith at third base. The Indians made some fine defensive plays of their own with Joshua Raz making incredible stops from the pitcher’s mound and Jameson Hoy and Christopher Noga doing fine jobs in the field making impossible plays seem routine.