Island sports: Alameda Little League update
Victor P. Republicano Jr., CPA Yankees 13, Morgan Stanley Bail Group Athletics 9
Two previous encounters between these well-matched teams were low scoring, but not on May 17. The Yankees jumped to a 2-0 lead, the A’s turned that into a 6-2 deficit, but the Yankees rallied behind Thomas “TJ” Johnson, who pitched effectively into the fifth inning and smacked a game-changing grand-slam home run in the third inning. For the A’s, Elijah Hernandez had a solo home run and double, and Patrick Vaca added three hits in his second game off the disabled list.
Shooting Stars Photography Astros 4, Tapioca Express Mariners 3
On May 12, the Astros and Mariners played a tight contest that would go 8 innings before it was decided. Greg Ngim of the Astros started the game on the mound by striking out the side. The Astros then jumped out to an early lead on an Andrew Liu single, driving in Ngim for the game’s first run. The Mariners were held in check until the third inning when Joey Lopez led off with a walk, advanced to third on a Dylan Tonningsen single, and scored on Ryan Fong’s ground out. In the fourth, the Mariners took the lead when after a Ryan Hosokawa single, Kaleo Johnson, hit a home run over the left field fence. The contest remained 3-1 Mariners until the bottom of the sixth inning. With two outs and a runner on second, Mitchell Nakahara of the Astros delivered an RBI single to center. The next batter, Joe Hausner, hit a triple to deep right to score the tying run, and send the game to extra innings. Nakahara’s third to first double play in the top of the eighth inning thwarted a Mariner rally, and James Bramble then coaxed a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the inning to hand the Mariners their first loss of the season.
Service West Inc. Phillies 11, Dome Fits Nationals 3
On May 12, the Phillies capitalized on several fielding errors committed by the Nationals to take an 11–3 victory. The Phillies were led by Nick Adgar, who came within one out of pitching a complete game. The Nationals were led by Robby Jackson, who had two steals and scored two runs, and Robbie Achramowicz who scored the third run on a straight steal of home. The Nationals threatened in the fourth, getting a double from Walker Tolbert, followed by Thomas Rall’s drive to deep left that Phillies centerfielder Matt Woo chased down and caught for the final out of the inning.
Tucker’s Super Creamed Ice Cream Knights 11, Metaswitch Sidewinders 6
May 11 marked the return of the Knights’ Larry Lancaster to the lineup after six weeks on injured reserve with a broken arm, looking like he’d never left by singling and scoring twice. Eight Knights players scored during the game, including Brannen Elshire, who hit his first home run of the season. Knights fielder Nicholas Sartini caught a huge fly to right and made a key stop behind third to prevent a run from scoring. Sidewinders pitchers Markus Gilbert and Stefan Faaland combined for nine strikeouts.
Kevin Kennedy LLC Diamond Jaxx 9, Alameda Care Center Rockhounds 7
On May 11, the Diamond Jaxx eked out a win over the league-leading Rockhounds. Catcher Matteo Ratto and shortstop Nicholas Saikley combined to put out a runner stealing second and hold the ‘Hounds to one run in the first inning. Hitters on the Rockhounds included Max Swinderman with a triple and double. For the Jaxx, great base running by Nate Low and others helped keep the score close. The last inning was dominated by excellent plays in the field by Oscar Knox-White for the Jaxx and Jason Gee for the Rockhounds.
Kevin Kennedy LLC Diamond Jaxx 11, La Estrellita Café and Bar Grasshoppers 10
On May 9, the Grasshoppers scored five runs in the first inning led by Dylan Bell and Nathan Wong. The Jaxx answered with a run in the second and five more in the third. The Grasshoppers scored another five in the fourth. The score remained tied until the top of the sixth, when Chase Powell singled and was driven in by a double from Nicholas Saikley. Great defense by Chase Reyes and Ramon Kelly of the ‘Hoppers and Saikley and Alex Orla-Bukowski of the Jaxx.
Adelante Capital Management Hooks 15, Tucker’s Super Creamed Ice Cream Knights 2
The Hooks’ pitching was dominant on May 8 under the lights at Leydecker, as Anthony Torres and Kyle Averitt combined to strike out nine. The Knights’ Joseph Rockwell hit his first home run of the season, scoring Brannen Elshire. Knights catcher Sara Cooper was strong behind the plate and walked twice, while Dominic Moore was solid at third and in left. In a tremendous show of sportsmanship, the Hooks’ Brennen Kamphuis presented their game ball to Knights’ pitcher Kyle Russell, who took a direct hit while on the mound. Russell shook it off and finished the inning, catching a pop fly for the last out.
Westwind Blue Claws 13, Bancroft Pediatrics Sand Gnats 5
On May 13, Alex Olaes of the Blue Claws began with a stand-up triple, ensuring a potential run at the top of the first inning. Also promising was the double that Dean Sarmiento produced in the third inning. Defense was also strong on the part of the Claws, as Aeneas Pardo made a stunning basket catch to end the home half of the third inning. In the final away inning, KW Quilici rang out a double, bringing in two RBIs. The Sand Gnats provided a few surprises for their competition as well, including a sky high pop-up missing an out-of-the-park home run by just a few feet by Joe Gibbons in the first inning. Michael Waldman also singled and brought in a run. Richie Be smacked another high pop-up, leading to a sliding safe double. Armen Phelps followed with a high pop-up, sending Be to third base. Brendan Mills made several successful plays to support his teammates.
On May 17, the CB Richard Ellis A’s hosted a very sound Pacific Fine Food Indians team in a Farm Division tilt. A’s team captains on this blistering hot afternoon were Jonathan “No Jet Lag Here!” Andrews and Cameron Thomas. Will Dodge, Griffin Geary, Matthew Hui, Shiloh Miller, and defensive wizard Nick “Wish Mom and Dad Were Here to See This” Yajko received special recognition by Coach Neal Jarecki in a team meeting after the game. The A’s next visit the Sterling Mortgage Royals on May 31.