Island sports: Alameda Little League update
Morgan Stanley, Bail Group Athletics 3, Northridge & McGuiness Tigers 2
A walk-off RBI double by the A’s’ Elijah Hernandez in the seventh inning, his second double of the game, decided this tight contest on May 2. Pitching and defense dominated, as Hernandez dueled with Tigers’ starter Christian Doumitt. The A’s broke through in the fourth inning on an RBI single by Jack Delmore, but the Tigers countered in the fifth with a two-run single by Matthew Arnstein. The relief pitching of Delmore, and an RBI groundout in the sixth by Connor Bevan that scored Miguel Nunez (after the second of his two hits), helped the A’s send the game into extra innings.
Tapioca Express Mariners 14, Shay’s Café Diamondbacks 7
On April 30, Parker Pixton started off the Mariners by catching a ball hit hard to deep left field by Daniel Ratto. Offensively, Avi Graber and Derek Lodge both reached base in all five at bats. Avi drove in six runs and hit two doubles and two singles. Derek scored four runs and hit two singles. Nels Bergeron had two hits and came in as the relief pitcher, pitching 2 1/3 shutout innings with six strikeouts. For the Diamondbacks, Julian Piamonte reached base in all four at bats, batted in three runs and hit a double and two singles. Trevor Greenley and Jarrod Cleto each had two hits. Julian Pelzner made a running catch in center field off the bat of Kaleo Johnson.
Victor P. Republicano Jr., CPA Yankees 4, Morgan Stanley, Bail Group Athletics 2
Pitching and defense dominated on April 28 as the A’s Kenyon Ebert and the Yankees’ Kevin Andrada pitched shutout ball through four innings. On defense, third baseman Connor Bevan’s baseline catch and throw, right fielder Rahman Kelly’s running catch, and center fielder Daniel Bail’s run-stopping throw to the plate were highlights for the A’s; Yankee center fielder Maddy Lewis also made a run-stopping catch and throw to the plate. The Yankees finally broke through with three runs in the fifth, but the A’s battled back with two in their half of the inning. The Yankees added another run in the top of the sixth, but the A’s loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the frame, only to see Anthony Riley’s deep drive to center caught on the track to end the game.
Shooting Stars Photography Astros 9, Dome Fits Nationals 2
This game on April 28 matched pitchers – Robbie Achramowicz of the Nationals vs. Greg Ngim of the Astros – for the second time this year. The game was close early on, with both teams scoring a couple runs through the first 3 innings. However, in the bottom of the fourth, Greg Ngim belted a bases-loaded triple to spark the Astros. Ngim’s contributions weren’t limited to the plate, as he also went the distance on the mound, throwing a complete game. R.J. Pimentel, Jamie Nemzer, Joe Hausner, Andrew Liu, Nicolas Solis and Mitchell Nakahara contributed key at bats for the Astros. For the Nationals, Robbie Jackson had a triple, and Robbie Achramowicz added a base hit.
Morgan Stanley-Bail Group Bulls 10, MetaSwitch Sidewinders 8
April 17 was a day of exciting action at the ballpark, driven by aggressive base running and stolen bases by both teams. In the first inning Bulls’ runner Brandon Woo was tagged out at home plate by Adam Orla-Bukowski on an attempted steal. The Bulls fought back, catching Abraham Saikley in a pickle between second and third base. The Bull’s Bronson Lee pitched three scoreless innings and hit an inside the park home run in the fifth, followed by Ted Rodriquez, who hit a triple bagger. Sidewinders’ pitcher Saikley and first baseman Marcus Gilbert responded with a double play off of a bunt. In the final inning, the Sidewinders’ Dino Glavovic, Seth Tonningsen, Greg Sagara, Orla-Bukowski and Hank Whittaker reached base safely to spark a late comeback, only to be shut down when Frederick Lee-Morgan caught a pop fly to clinch the win for the Bulls.
Kevin Kennedy LLC Diamond Jaxx 12, Preferred Building Services Lookouts 2
The pitching combination of Ryan Kennedy and Matteo Ratto helped power the Diamond Jaxx to victory on May 2. Chase Powell went three for three to help the Jaxx put more runs on the board. Josh Soltz, just coming off an injury, also had two great hits. Davis Tansey and Jake Gibbons both got impressive hits. For the Lookouts, Kento Okada trapped a hard-hit grounder while Bella Vick and Austin Mann were standouts defensively and Valentino Leite stole home for one of the Lookouts’ two scores.
Alameda Care Center Rockhounds 10, Dusty Baker Baseball Camp Storm 5
On April 29, the Storm jumped out to an early 2-0 lead with the help of Isaiah Worley, who tripled and was three for three in the game. After two lead changes, the Storm went back in front on an Ethan Lathon RBI, and he later scored to add an insurance run. The Rockhounds would rally to take an 8-5 lead as Donald Stanifer drove in two runs with a single in a five-run inning that sealed the win. The Rockhounds’ Jason Gee had a great defensive game at catcher, and the Storm’s Ethan Hernandez also had a good game at the plate, with a triple and a pair of walks.
Kevin Kennedy LLC Diamond Jaxx 10, XOJET Sea Dogs 9
On April 28, in a see-saw battle that spanned three lead changes, the Diamond Jaxx and Sea Dogs fought to the finish. Isaac Teuscher led off the Sea Dogs’ biggest inning with a single, while the Jaxx’s big bat inning had back-to-back hits from Oscar Knox-White, Tom Wilson, Alex Orla-Bukowski and Matteo Ratto. Ratto’s tough pitching was also a key factor for the Diamond Jaxx. Carlos Valencia contributed a nice catch in the fourth for the Sea Dogs, while Isaac DeLao of the Jaxx pitched two strong innings and contributed the game-winning hit.
Alameda Care Center Rockhounds 8, Dusty Baker Baseball Camp Storm 3
On April 26, the Rockhounds built up an early 4-0 lead with a pair of hits each from James Republicano and Max Swinderman. The Storm rallied to close the game to 4-3 with two RBIs from Eric Fong and an RBI single from Isaiah Worley. The Rockhounds’ Cody Lim sparked a four-run rally with an RBI triple and Jacob Hugger drove in another with a double. Tyler Esplana and Sandeep Mahl pitched effectively for the Storm, but the Rockhounds’ Tristan Wiley sealed the victory striking out five in two innings. Wiley also had three hits, three RBIs and five stolen bases.
Alameda Care Center Rockhounds 20, Preferred Building Services Lookouts 1
On April 25, the Rockhounds’ Ryan Lym had two hits, two walks and three RBIs and pitched well in the win. Jacob Yalung also had a big game with three doubles and three runs scored. Lym and Yalung also had big defensive plays as they tagged out runners at third base. Tristan Wiley who threw out both runners also contributed two hits, two runs and two RBIs. For the Lookouts, Kalie Lopez pitched well and had a pair of stolen bases. A.J. Jawad scored the only run of the game for the Lookouts, and Gregory Schacht added a booming double.
Kevin Kennedy LLC Diamond Jaxx 20, Tomatina’s Bees 7
On April 25 the Jaxx were helped by big hits from Chase Powell and Nathan Low; Joey Digiulio of the Bees went three for three and drove in two runs. The Jaxx loaded the bases in the second but were stopped by the Bees’ defense, led by Miles Burton. The Jaxx’ Jake Nations, in his pitching debut, struck out six of the nine batters he faced. Akil Francisco contributed a three-RBI double in the sixth.
Alameda Credit Union Riverdogs 8, Doer Marine Thunder, 7
Saturday, April 25 was a day for good pitching and close plays at the plate. The Thunder stormed to a 5-3 lead after two, but the Riverdogs closed the gap to two in the third after RBI singles by Tyler Fong and Clayton Restagno. Riverdog pitchers Jake Bickers, Jack McCormick and Kyle Choy held the Thunder scoreless over the last three innings. In the bottom of the sixth, with the score tied 7-7, and Austin Stenstedt on third, Spencer Lee’s fly ball to left was tracked down by Winchester. That brought up Tyler Fong, who promptly hammered a pitch into deep left to win the game. Preston Barber Magno was two for three for the Thunder, and pitched superbly in the fifth and sixth innings, throwing strikes and walking none.