Island sports: Alameda Little League update
Tapioca Express Mariners 8, Morgan Stanley, Bail Group Athletics 4
On May 30, Ryan Fong pitched five innings for the Mariners, gave up four runs and struck out seven. Nels Bergeron closed the game on the mound and went three for four, drove in three runs and hit his first over-the-fence home run of the season. Ryan Fong went three for four and Derek Lodge and Kaleo Johnson both doubled. Steve Manzo and Dylan Tonningsen both reached base with singles.
For the Athletics, Daniel Bail went two for three and Elijah Hernandez singled, walked, scored two runs and drove in a run. Miguel Nunez went two for three and pitched 3 1/3 innings. Anthony Riley pitched 1 1/3 innings of relief gave up two runs, hit a double and scored a run. Patrick Vaca doubled and drove in a run. Keoni Otenbriet and Jack Delmore both reached base with singles.
Morgan Stanley, Bail Group Athletics 6, Northridge & McGuiness Tigers 1
The A’s had it all on May 28 versus the Tigers – pitching, defense and timely two-out hitting with runners on base. Elijah Hernandez pitched a shutout through five innings and earned a complete-game victory. The A’s defense behind him sparkled. Anthony Riley, Patrick Vaca, Jack Delmore and Jason Johnson were the A’s hitting stars. For the Tigers, pitchers Jesse Cruz and Christian Doumitt held the A’s to two runs in the first four innings, and Matthew Arnstein and Ben Fetzer had solid hits to lead off the first two innings, but couldn’t get home as Hernandez buckled down.
Shay’s Café Diamondbacks 8, The Shooting Stars Photography Astros 7
This game on May 26 featured starting pitchers Julian Piamonte for the Dbacks and Greg Ngim for the Astros. The Dbacks scored two runs in the first inning, with Daniel Ratto and Trevor Greenley getting hits. The game remained fairly close until the Dbacks blew it open in the 5th inning with three runs, the big hit coming from Cole Decarlo who hit a double that scored two. With the score 8-3 – Dbacks, the Astros rallied to make it an 8-7 game. Big hits for the Astros came from Anthony Bonino, who hit an inside-the-park home run that scored two. The rally came up short and the sixth inning was uneventful as the Dbacks won 8-7. Other Astros who had hits in the game were Andrew Liu, R.J. Pimentel, James Bramble, Miguel Hidalgo, John Huntoon and Nicolas Solis. The Dbacks’ Daniel Ratto reached base four times, the second game in a row versus the Astros that he achieved this.
Northridge & McGuiness Tigers 8, Dome Fits Nationals 4
On May 23, Robby Jackson stole home to put the first run on the board for the Nationals. The Tigers came out swinging with homers by Jessie Cruz and Will Han. The Nationals responded with a home run by Robbie Achramowicz, driving in two runs. The Nationals’ Joey Callahan pitched in relief and held the Tigers until Will Han got a hold of one and drove in two more runs to secure the Tigers win.
Tapioca Express Mariners 17, Victor P. Republicano Jr., CPA Yankees 5
Ryan Fong and Kaleo Johnson pitched the game for the Mariners on May 22. The Mariners had three over the fence home runs: Kaleo Johnson with his fifth of the season, and back-to-back home runs by Matt Esparza, with a grand slam, and Avi Graber with a solo. Matt Esparza went three-for-four, and drove in seven runs. Ryan Fong was four-for-four with two doubles. Derek Lodge batted in two runs with a double. Nels Bergeron and Dylan Tonningsen had two singles. Joey Lopez and Steve Manzo both reached base with singles.
Johnson pitched two innings for the Yankees, giving up only one run and striking out four. Johnson had a single and a double and scored two runs. Maddy Lewis had a double and a triple and batted in three runs. Singles were hit by Michael Woodworth, Dominic Taylor and Vincent Republicano.
The Shooting Stars Photography Astros 10, Morgan Stanley, Bail Group Athletics 1
Timely hitting and strong pitching by the Astros were the story of this game on May 21. A two-run home run by Gregory Ngim in the fifth inning highlighted the Astros’ attack, while pitchers James Bramble, Nick Solis, Joe Hausner and Anthony Bonino limited the A’s to one run and two hits. One of the A’s hits was by Anthony Riley, who also had a solid relief-pitching outing. Jason Johnson of the A’s showed good glove work at first base.
Vanguard Construction Express 6, The Kid’s Choice Mudcats 4
On May 29, Kevin Shaa laid down a perfect bunt followed by a single by Augustus Mosley to put the first runners in scoring position for the Mudcats. In his pitching debut, David Republicano pitched solidly for the Express. Defensively, the Express’ Nick Griego made a great catch in center to rob Chris Weber of a hit. With the Express leading in the sixth, the Mudcats rallied back, but a controversial call on a double play by Kendrick Murphy and Alex Achramowicz ended the game.
Vanguard Construction Express 9, Tucker’s Ice Cream Knights 8
On May 27, the undefeated Express battled the Knights in a tight game. A diving catch by Carson Bridges and nice play by Kendrick Murphy in right field supported solid pitching by Nick Peralta. The Knights’ bats were hot with singles by Larry Lancaster and Becky Rochlin and a triple by Sam Wettergren. With the game tied in the bottom of the sixth, the Express’ Alex Achramowicz got on base and was knocked in for the winning run by Kendrick Murphy.
Alameda Care Center Rockhounds 12, Alameda Credit Union Riverdogs 2
On May 30, The Rockhounds’ Donald Stanifer and Tristan Wiley each had two hits, scored twice and had three RBIs to lead the victory. Mason Layag also contributed a pair of walks and two runs scored. Catcher Cody Lim held the Riverdog running game in check and threw out a runner trying to steal third. For the Riverdogs, Leo Pimentel had a hit, a walk, a stolen base and two RBIs. Ryan Slez and Spencer Lee also each had a hit and scored a run. Jordan Robinson had an unassisted double play when he caught a fly ball at first base and beat the runner back to the bag.
Alameda Care Center Rockhounds 6, XO Jet Sea Dogs 2
On May 26, The Rockhounds’ Jacob Hugger had a big game, scoring twice, playing great defense and pitching two shutout innings in the win. Max Swinderman also had a pair of RBIs for the Rockhounds. Cody Lim and Jason Gee scored runs with some daring running on the base paths. Donald Stanifer and Tenoa Swayne also played great defense. For the Sea Dogs, Cameron Ba had a pair of hits and an RBI. Casey Winckler drove in the other run for the Sea Dogs and Conor Neal pitched two scoreless innings striking out three. Daniel Waldman also played a great game on defense.
Alameda Care Center Rockhounds 15, La Estrellita Cafe & Bar Grasshoppers 14
On May 20, the Grasshoppers built an early 9-2 lead with two RBIs each from Brandon Smith and Chase Reyes. The Rockhounds would eventually take a 14-13 lead, with the big hit a James Republicano double that drove in two. The Grasshoppers’ Kyle Kathman tied the game at 14-14 with an RBI single in the top of the sixth. The Rockhounds’ Donald Stanifer drove in the winning run when Luca Altaffer scored after he opened the inning with a single. The Rockhounds’ Adyson Ek had two RBIs and the Grasshoppers’ Kaleho Cecaci-Gilliam also had three hits.
Tomatina Bees 15, XO Jets Sea Dogs 13
The Bees outlasted the Sea Dogs in a thrilling evening contest on May 22, highlighted when Bees slugger Daniel Alvarado hit a sixth inning over-the-fence grand slam. That capped a balanced Bees hitting attack featuring key hits from Akil Francisco, Todd Vaca, Guillermo Ruiz and Jessica Collins, who closed the game with clutch pitching. The Bees also fought hard in the field with great defensive work from catcher Jackson Daly and shortstop Ari Burrows. The Sea Dogs proved tough on both offense and defense: Casey Winckler smacked a key triple, and Conor Neal’s quickness very nearly pulled off a triple play.
David W. Johnson DDS Defenders 6, Kevin Kennedy LLC Diamond Jaxx 2
On May 22, the Defenders jumped to an early lead on Ian Joyce’s double. The Defenders scored two runs before Jaxx catcher Matteo Ratto and third baseman Jake Nations caught a Defenders runner in a rundown for the third out of the inning. Justin Cavalli then picked off a line drive by Ryan Kennedy of the Jaxx to shut them down in the first. Oscar Knox-White hit a two-RBI double in the second to tie the score. In the third, third baseman Kevork Hill made a pair of great plays including throwing out a runner at first, firing the ball from his knees. The Defenders scored several more runs in the fourth inning, finally succumbing after Nathan Low made a spectacular catch to end the inning. The last two innings were highlighted by great hits by Matthew Yep of the Defenders and great defense by Davis Tansey, Jake Gibbons and Nicholas Saikley of the Diamond Jaxx.
XO Jet Sea Dogs 14, Alameda Credit Union Riverdogs 9
On May 19, the Riverdogs took an early lead with steals by Leo Pimentel. Jacob Bickers pitched two strong innings keeping the Sea Dogs to only three runs. The Sea Dogs came back in the third inning with a single by Isaac Teuscher and a triple by Cameron Ba. Pitcher Roger Chan and catcher Ammar Omar kept the Riverdogs from scoring by teaming up to tag out a key steal at home.
Bancroft Pediatrics Sand Gnats 17, Rafferty Engineering Owlz 3
On May 30, in the first inning, the Owlz’ Nicholas Pippen hit a single to score Richie Owens. Evan Rafferty also singled, later to bat in his teammate Jake DeMarco, for the team’s two runs that inning. Again in the third, Pippen would hit a sharp grounder to shortstop Blaine Beckwith of the Sand Gnats, which was skillfully fielded, and bat in his teammate for the team’s third and final run.
The Sand Gnats were an offensive force to be reckoned with, scoring the league maximum five runs in three of the total five innings they were at bat. Standouts included Ethan Tillman, who scored three RBIs on a bases-loaded, sharply hit single to center in the first inning, followed by a later-inning single just inches from an out-of-the-park homer. Ryan Finer made several key hits to help his team, and Christian Collins hit three-for-three, reaching base safely in all times at bat, including a high pop-up to the shortstop area. Brendan Mills hit a hard hit grounder to center for a stand-up double in the fourth inning. Richie Be hit a long high pop-up to center field in the fifth, easily reaching first base.
Bancroft Pediatrics Sand Gnats 6, Bip’s Broiler Ironbirds 3
On May 27, the Ironbirds’ Bryce Bromberger knocked a two-outs sharp zinger to left field for a perfect stand-up double. Max Nyrop quickly followed with his own double on the overthrow, bringing in his teammate Bromberger for their first run of the game in the first inning. Steven Sum began the fourth with a hard hit to center field, for an easy single. Noah Gonzalez and Cedric Thelan would both follow to hit singles in the same inning, Thelan earning two RBIs for his lifetime achievements tally.
In the home-half second inning, the Sand Gnats’ Omari Preston hit a solid grounder to shortstop, earning a single. Ryan Finer followed with a high fly ball to center for an easy two-bagger. Omari followed up in the third for another double and two RBIs. Defensively, Ryan Sparks was on top of his game, catching two foul pop-ups in the top of the sixth inning, the second a dramatic, dugout fence-crashing play, ending with the ball caught safely in his very capable hands, a real crowd pleaser! Megan Ina showed gaming instinct talent as well in the fifth, fielding a powerfully hit sure-single grounder, and deftly throwing to first for a surprising quick out.
Harvest Food Products Volcanoes 11, Bancroft Pediatrics Sand Gnats 8
On May 21, in the Volcanoes’ third inning, Ethan Kha hit a grounder reaching first safely, followed by Amer Omars with the same result. Jayshawn Wise followed several hitters later with a stand-up double, bringing in two RBIs. Orion Ho, Hade Shara and Matthew Cooper all reached base safely in the fourth.
The Sand Gnats’ Megan Ina began the fourth with a hit and a single. Omari Preston followed later with a single and an RBI. Armen Phelps (second on overthrow) and Brendan Mills would both also hit a single for one RBI each. The Gnats earned five runs this inning. In the top of the fifth, Ethan Tillman provided strong fielding on a hard hit grounder from the Volcanoes’ Ernest Ho, holding him to first on what would have been a double in any other event.
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.