Island sports: Alameda Little League update
Tapioca Express Mariners 14, Northridge & McGuiness Tigers 3
On June 13, the Tigers and Mariners met for the Championship game of the season. The Tigers’ Angel Munoz started the game on the mound for the Tigers and held the Mariners to three scoreless innings. For the Tigers offense, Matt Arnstein hit a single and a double and Jesse Cruz, Mark Venturini and Joseph Rockwell each had two singles. William Han hit a double and Ben Fetzer hit a single. The turning point of the game was in the top of the fourth inning when nine straight Mariners reached base and scored. The championship win was a total team effort as all 12 Mariners reached base with 10 different Mariners crossing the plate. Caleb Parker drove in the first two Mariners runs. Ryan Fong hit a three-run home run, his eighth of the season, and Kaleo Johnson hit his sixth home run of the season to bring in two more runs. Nels Bergeron and Matt Esparza each had a single and a double. Dylan Tonningsen had two singles and Derek Lodge reached base twice with walks. Avi Graber, Ryan Hosokawa, Joey Lopez, Steve Manzo and Parker Pixton all had singles. Pitchers Matt Esparza and Ryan Fong held the Tigers to three runs and struck out nine batters. The Mariners finished the season with a 22-1 record and will be representing Alameda Little League in the Tournament of Champions.
Tapioca Express Mariners 7, Victor P. Republicano Jr., CPA Yankees 2
On June 11, in the first playoff game for the Majors, Kaleo Johnson started on the mound for the Mariners, went four innings, struck out eight batters and allowed only three hits. Matt Esparza and Ryan Fong pitched the final two scoreless innings. Derek Lodge had a two-run home run in the first inning and Ryan Fong had a two-run homer in the fourth inning, his seventh of the season. For the Yankees, Kevin Andrada pitched four innings, struck out nine Mariners and walked two. Michael Woodworth, Dominic Taylor and Ryan Belson each reached base safely with singles. The Yankees had five hard hit fly balls to the deep outfield that were tracked down and caught by Mariners Avi Graber, Joey Lopez and Ryan Hosokawa.