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Island sports: Alameda Little League update

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Majors’ Division

Majors’ Division

Majors’ Division

Tournament of Champions

Tournament of Champions

Tapioca Express Alameda Mariners 6, Concord American A’s 0
On June 20, the Alameda Mariners faced the Concord A’s in game two of the Tournament of Champions. For Concord, Mason Knight threw a complete game, gave up six runs on five hits and hit a single, the only A’s hit for the day. Mariners pitchers Ryan Fong and Matt Esparza recorded the second consecutive TOC shutout, giving up only one hit, striking out 11 batters and walking four. In the first inning, the Mariners’ Nels Bergeron was on base with a single and Kaleo Johnson was on base with a walk. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch and then scored on an error committed on a hit by Esparza. In the fourth inning, the Mariners loaded the bases with Bergeron, hit by a pitch; Johnson on with a single; and Derek Lodge, hit by a pitch. One run scored on a passed ball, Esparza followed with a run-scoring single and Dylan Tonningsen had a bases-clearing double, extending the Mariners’ lead to six. In the fifth inning, Caleb Parker reached base safely with a single. The Mariners were to advance to the third TOC game to be played in Oakland on June 22.

Tapioca Express Alameda Mariners 10, Richmond Yankees 0
On June 17, the Alameda Mariners opened up TOC play against the Richmond Yankees and recorded a 10-0 victory over five innings. Kaleo Johnson was on the mound for the Mariners and pitched a shutout game, striking out eight, giving up only two hits and facing only one batter over the minimum. Playing under the continuous batting rule for the first time all year, the Mariners showed their depth with all 12 Mariners reaching base and eight different Mariners recording hits. The Mariners recorded runs in each of their five at bats. Ryan Fong hit a home run, his ninth of the season, and Kaleo Johnson hit his seventh home run of the season. Nels Bergeron, Matt Esparza, Dylan Tonningsen, Steve Manzo, Parker Pixton and Joey Lopez all hit singles. For the Yankees, Michael Collins and Ronald Flucker each had singles.

AAA Division

AAA Division

AAA Division

Tournament of Champions

Tournament of Champions

Alameda Vanguard Construction Express 6, Albany Twins 4

In a battle to advance to the semifinals of the Tournament of Champions, the Express were the first to score. Sebastian Hobbs had two RBIs on a line drive single to right center field, which started the scoring for the Express in a five-run second inning. Solid pitching by Alex Achramowicz, Bradley Anderson and Carson Bridges kept the game under control, holding the high-powered Twins offense to only three runs through five innings. With the game on the line, and the bases loaded, Aaron Hoff and Jason Ravetti closed out the game on the mound for the Express. Alameda’s next matchup will be against Clayton Valley in the semifinals.

AAA Division

AA Division

Majors’ Division

Tournament of Champions

Tournament of Champions

Alameda Dusty Baker Baseball Camp Storm 11, Clayton Valley Athletics 7
On June 17, despite playing on an unfamiliar field with slightly different game rules and without the home team advantage, the Alameda Little League Dusty Baker Baseball Camp Storm’s strong fielding, aggressive base-running, and two multi-run rallies lead the team to an 11-7 victory over the Clayton Valley Little League Athletics. The Storm’s Ethan Hernandez went three for three with a triple, an RBI and one run scored. Josh Cleto went two for three with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored. Storm batters Chioke Armstrong-Malloy, Kai Chin, Eric Fong and Ethan Lathon each singled. On the mound, Eric Fong, Tyler Esplana and Josh Cleto held Clayton Valley in check with defensive help from Garrett Shay, Luca Van Der Meer and Ethan Lathon. The Storm were slated to play Lafayette in the next round of the Tournament of Champions on Friday, June 19, in Lafayette.

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