Island sports: Alameda Little League update
The Shooting Stars Photography Astros 8, The Northridge & McGuiness Tigers 7
In 7 innings
In a June 4 preview to their playoff game, the Tigers and Astros battled into extra innings before this game was decided. Both teams started off slow as the game was tied after three innings, 1-1. The Astros went ahead in the bottom of the fourth, 3-1. Big hits by Greg Ngim (triple) and John Huntoon led the attack for the Astros. The Tigers rallied back to take the lead in the fifth inning with key hits by Matt Arnstein and Jesse Cruz (double). In the bottom of the sixth, the Astros came back and tied the game to send it into extra innings. Key hits were Andrew Liu’s double and Mitchell Nakahara’s bunt, which scored the tying run. In the top of the seventh, the Tigers scored three runs on Mark Venturini’s triple, which gave the Tigers a 7-4 lead. In the bottom of the inning the Astros scored four runs, started off by Jamie Nemzer’s lead off hit and capped off by Mitchell Nakahara’s game-winning hit to the give the Astros an 8-7 win.
Tapioca Express Mariners 20, Dome Fits Nationals 3
On June 2 for the Mariners, Joey Lopez, Steve Manzo and Parker Pixton each had two singles. Dylan Tonningsen had a single and a double. Caleb Parker had a single. On the mound, Kaleo Johnson, Ryan Hosokawa and Steve Manzo held the Nationals to three runs on four hits, striking out ten and walking one batter. For the Nationals, Robby Jackson hit a home run over the fence and scored a run stealing home. Alex Rados had a single to lead off the game and Matt Graybeal went two for three.
Tapioca Express Mariners 9, The Shooting Stars Photography Astros 2
This final regular season game of the year on June 6 was a playoff tune-up for these two teams, featuring starting pitchers Ryan Fong for the Mariners and Andrew Liu for the Astros. The Mariners jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two innings and went on to win, 9-2. Big hits for the Mariners were supplied by Nels Bergeron and Derek Lodge, who each had doubles. For the ‘Stros, Greg Ngim had a double and Jamie Nemzer a base hit. Great plays were made in the field by Anthony Bonino, who made a great catch in center field, as well as two great catches by Miguel Hidalgo.
Alameda Care Center Rockhounds 8, La Estrellita Cafe & Bar Grasshoppers 6
On June 2, the Rockhounds’ Max Swinderman, on an 0-2 pitch, hit a home run over the left field fence to tie the game at 6-6 in the sixth inning. Jacob Yalung walked with the bases loaded to put the Rockhounds ahead for good. Tristan Wiley, who went three for three, closed out the game by striking out the side and leaving the tying runs on second and third. For the Grasshoppers, Jackson Neugebauer-Drum went two for two with a double, a run scored and an RBI. Dylan Bell pitched effectively and also had two hits. Cameron Spaulding also had a hit, a run scored and an RBI.
XO Jet Sea Dogs 5, Dusty Baker Baseball Camp Storm 2
The Sea Dogs’ Cameron Ba and Conor Neal each pitched two shutout innings in their final game of the season against the Storm on June 6. Good defense by Roger Chan, Isaac Teuscher and Liam Neal kept the Storm to only two runs, both scored by Luca Van der Meer.
Alameda Care Center Rockhounds 10, Tomatina’s Bees 6
On June 5, The Rockhounds’ Cody Lim drove in the tying and go-ahead runs with a single and scored from third base on a sacrifice fly to the second baseman by Jacob Hugger in a five-run fifth inning that gave the Rockhounds the lead for good. Ryan Lym and Tristan Wiley also doubled in the big inning. Max Swinderman closed the game with two strong innings of pitching and some great defense. For the Bees, Todd Vaca pitched well, striking out four, and also went two for three with two RBIs. Daniel Alvarado went two for two with a double and a pair of runs scored and Akil Francisco had a pair of RBIs. Miles Burton also had three stolen bases.
The CB Richard Ellis A’s played the host Wiley Price & Radulovich, LLP Rangers on June 7. Captains for the A’s were Nick Yajko and Eric Jarecki. Will Dodge won the team’s Wooten Award for exhibiting unequaled sportsmanship and unbridled enthusiasm throughout the year. He will be presented with the award at the Alameda Little League closing ceremonies on June 13.
On May 31, the Sterling Mortgage Royals hosted the CB Richard Ellis A’s. Team captains for the A’s were Will Dodge and Daniel Wolfe, and game balls for the A’s were presented to twins Andrew and Eric Jarecki for finishing off an unprecedented triple play. The A’s season concludes next Sunday when they play the host Wiley Price & Radulovich, LLP Rangers.