Island sports: Alameda Little League update
Littler Mendelson Dodgers vs. Mahoney Walker Insurance Agency Diamondbacks
The 2011 Farm Ball season started off with a bang on April 3 as the Littler Mendelson Dodgers took on the Mahoney Walker Insurance Agency Diamondbacks. Leading off the year, Marco Mora came in ready to play, lacing a single into right field. Owen DeCourcy nearly took out the pitcher with a shot up the middle and Lucas Holley got into the action with a shot later that inning to the right side. There was some great defense played by both sides. Miles Taylor made a nifty play on a pop-up behind the dish, and Lee John Majerus made some impressive early plays at shortstop.
Frutti Yogi Muckdogs 17, El Caballo Wrap Rattlers 16
Leo Miranda and Ben Ratto led the Rattlers with three RBIs, batting three-for-three, while Shamil Youngblood and Devon Casias had three hits and two RBIs each on March 13. Defensive efforts by Charlie Weiler and Michael Proffitt at first base kept the game close until the sixth inning. Pete Celaya led the Muckdogs with a key double play to Ranen Chang in the bottom of the sixth inning while hitting two doubles and a single for his team. Dima Gilchrist, Jacob Price, and Jerick Griego also hit two doubles each for the Muckdogs.
Frutti Yogi Muckdogs 12, Nielsen Electric Sand Gnats 11
Sebastian Hurtubic and Jacob Price led the Muckdogs in the field and at the plate as the Muckdogs came from behind to win on April 3. Dima Gilchrist went four-for-four and scored three runs for the Dogs while Ranen Chang and Kellen Sellars made timely plays in the field. The Sand Gnats were led by Adam Hoepker, Ethan Tien, and Olivia Featherstone at the plate while Alex Camarena and Duncan Wilde had the hot gloves.
El Caballo Wraps Rattlers 8, AlamedaOpenHouse.com Volcanoes 2
Alex DeLao and Charlie Weiler led the Rattlers with two RBIs, batting two-for-two, while leadoff hitter Max Ponssa extended his streak with his sixth single of the season. The defensive glove work of Ben Ratto and Leo Miranda kept the game in control as the Rattlers got their first win and .500 on the season. For the Volcanoes, Zachary Screechfield continues to bat 1.000, going two-for-two. Jacob Skuta recorded a double along and his first run scored on an RBI from Jameson Hoy. Jameson played well on both sides of the ball, recording four put outs at first base and batting .500 on the day. Quinn Dooley recorded his team-leading third assist.
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.
YSF Printing Rock Hounds 10, Harvest Foods Storm 9
The game took place on April 2. For the Rock Hounds, Ramit Guha struck out the side, in a three-up three-down inning. Darren Taira ran out an RBI infield single. Nirina Parrish hit a two-out, two-RBI double. For the Storm, Marcus Magallariez made an unassisted out at first base. Aeneas Pardo struck out the side in the first inning, and Torin Martin caught a fly ball for an out. All of the kids hustled and showed great sportsmanship.
Law Office of Robert J. Bezemek Thunder 5, YSF Rock Hounds 4
The first game of the season on March 13 started as a pitcher’s duel between Nathan Dudley (Thunder) and Connor Sparks (Rock Hounds). The Rock Hounds 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.
Law Offices of Robert Bezemek Thunder 9, Tomatina Hot Rods 3
The Hot Rods, fresh off an Opening Day comeback win against the Mud Hens, suffered their first loss of the season to the Thunder on March 17. Keelan Good, Jacques Hernandez and Dallas Rider hit well for the Thunder while pitchers Omari Preston, Kian van der Meer, Nate Dudley and Will Dodge held the Hot Rods to just three runs. Davis Stewart, Nicholas Ferry, Quinn Tubiolo and Jonathan Atases pitched well for the Hot Rods.
Choi + Robles Architecture, LLP Riverdogs 15, Alameda Neuropsych Redwings 13
Mills Hasket and Tomas Dumont offered solid hits and Sean Cook, a home run, for the Redwings on March 30. Andrew Jarecki and game ball recipient Bobby Locklear offered key defensive plays. For the Riverdogs, Alex Robles and Sophie Nilsson offered great pitching. The offense was led by Joe Boyden, LJ Rose and Jarod Cheung, who had two hits each. The defense was highlighted by catcher Owen Ramiza throwing to Ryan Floyd to get a runner out at third base on a steal attempt.
Power Engineering Rivercats 12, Litho Process Threshers 3
On March 30, the Rivercats’ Jason Gee struck out three in one inning, and the Threshers’ Nate Low and Jake Gibbons combined to strike out 10 while allowing only two runs. Dylan Bell led with a triple and three RBIs for the Rivercats. Thresher Brandon Wong got on base twice with a walk and an RBI single. The Rivercats’ Justin Cavalli helped out on offense and defense, with a double and two strikeouts.
Power Engineering Rivercats 10, G and L Plumbing PawDogs 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.
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 defensive and offense for the Mudcats.
Neptune Beach Pearl Giants 2, Pontar Real Estate Management Rays 0
Hunter Hennigh and Devin Noonan hooked up in an early-season pitching duel, giving up one hit between them, with Hennigh going the distance in a 2-0 complete-game, opening no-hitter against the Rays. The Giants’ Owen Sowerwine reached base twice, stealing two bases, and dashed home to score the game’s second run in a close play at the plate. Jacob Smith lined a shot to right field to give the Rays hope, but Hennigh struck out the side to end the threat. The Rays’ Francisco Pedraza relieved Noonan, and struck out all five batters he faced, in an impressive Majors’ Division debut.
Pontar Real Estate Management Rays 5, Alameda Firefighters Local 689 Angels 2
Jacob Smith pitched three shut-out innings and added two RBI doubles to lead the Rays over the Angels in a rain-soaked affair on March 14. Francisco Pedraza launched a titanic, two-run homer over the container in left field to stake the Rays to an early lead, and closed the game on the mound, pitching three solid innings to earn the save. Defensively, Grant Bevan made several strong plays at first base, and Isaac DeLao paced the offense with two hits and two RBIs. Joseph Rockwell and Abraham Saikley pitched well for the Angels, and Devin Nash reached base twice, stealing three bases, including a daring theft of home to put the Angels on the board.
Pontar Real Estate Management Rays 12, Rockies 4
On April 1, Devin Noonan struck out the side in the first, and Grant Bevan followed with two hitless innings to pace the Rays. Chris Weber launched a three-run homer to stake the Rays to an early lead, and Issac DeLao closed out the win with three strong innings of relief. Alex English and Jarod Kathman paced the Rockies offense, and Wesley Cheung was robbed of extra bases on a deep drive to center field that was run down by the Rays’ Francisco Pedraza.