Island sports: Alameda Little League update
Power Engineering Rivercats 11, Parker & Sears Orthodontics Mudcats 10
The Rivercats’ Tyler Esplana reached base three times on March 12. Teammate Noah Cha was two for two and stopped a Mudcats run. Mudcat pitchers Max Turner and Sandeep Mahl were both three for three. Kevork Hill gave up only one in three innings, throwing six strikeouts for the Rivercats. Dean Sarmiento was key on both defense and offense for the Mudcats.
Rivercats 10, PawSox 3
On March 16, the Rivercats’ Elian Pelayo went one for two with a triple and Dylan Bell contributed two singles and two RBIs. Osirir Johnson pitched three scoreless innings for the PawSox, and the Sox offense got moving with Koa Sanchez’s two-run single. Joe DePinna got on base twice, scored one run and made an unassisted double play for the Rivercats. The PawSox’s Dylan Yee had a great catch in right field.
Thunder 5, RockHounds 4
The first game of the season on March 13 started as a pitcher’s duel between Nathan Dudley (Thunder) and Connor Sparks (RockHounds). The RockHounds scored first, with hits from Nirina Parrish and Nicholas Demmler. Team Thunder scored on hits by Jacques Hernandez and Wylie Jordan. Tied at 4-4, the game ended on a two-out, bottom of the sixth inning single by Logan Carnerie to bring home the winning run.
Vicki Wang, DDS, Orthodontic Care Center IronBirds 9, Nielsen Electric Sand Gnats 2
The IronBirds dialed up timely defensive plays on March 13 against strong hitting from the Sand Gnats. Nate Stackler and Dante Prado caught pop-ups and Kyle Spaulding picked a hot grounder at pitcher. Sam Yep made two unassisted force-outs at first base to go along with hitting a double. For the Sand Gnats, Stephanie Guitierrez and Sam Bilstein both batted in runs, David Thomas drove a ball to the outfield fence, and Alex Camarena made solid defensive plays at pitcher and shortstop.