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Serra 10-9 All Stars
Win District 44 Championship
The 9-10 All Stars from Sunnyvale's
Serra Little League capped a perfect tournament on Monday night, winning Little
League's California District 44 Championship with a 5-2 win over Los Altos
Little League at Robert Holman Field in Campbell. The Serra All Stars won all
five games over the two week tournament that pegged 13 teams from District 44
against each other.
Los Altos grabbed an early 1-0 lead on an RBI
single by Nathan Nemali, but Serra limited the damage by inducing a pair of fly
balls to end the threat.
Serra scored answered in the bottom half of
the 1st inning, plating three runs on four consecutive singles off Los Altos
starter Colby Cook. Serra's starting pitcher Malcolm Hsu got things started
with a line shot to center field with one out. Blake Rogers followed Hsu's hit
with a single himself before both runners were plated by a Gilbert Murillo
drive to left field. Murillo advanced on a Ryan Lee single before scoring off a
Matt Merino fielder's choice.
Rogers drove home two more runs in the
bottom of the 2nd inning with a towering drive to center field that bounced off
the outfield wall.
Los Altos rallied for a 5th inning run after Aiden
Brenner doubled with one out. Aiden Leong cut Serra's lead to three runs with a
single that brought home Brenner.
Los Altos looked poised to stage a
late rally in the top of the 6th inning when Ryan Juran led off with a single
to right field. Juran moved to second on a fielder's choice, but was cut down
at 3rd base on the defensive play of the game. Jack Surdey singled to center
field, but Murillo grabbed the ball on a hop and fired a bullet to Devin James
at 3rd base for the put out of Juran.
Naoto Kataoka earned the save by
holding Los Altos scoreless in the inning, aided by Murillo's defensive gem.
Hsu went four innings, surrendering a lone run on two hits. He also
went 3-for-3 from the plate, scoring a pair of runs.
Serra opened the
tournament on June 24th with an 11-1 win over Sunnyvale Southern. James hit the
team's lone home run of the tournament, after lining a shot to left field
before racing around the bases for the inside the park four-bagger.
Their tournament destiny was set when they came back from a 9-1 deficit against
Santa Clara Homestead on June 26th, rallying for 11 unanswered runs at McKelvey
Park in Mountain View. Serra was led by Lee's 3-for-3 day at the plate, which
included a pair of doubles and five RBIs.
The Sunnyvale youngsters
defeated Moreland Little League 12-2 four days later to advance to the
tournament semi-finals and a date with Santa Clara Westside Little League on
July 2nd. Rogers belted a pair of doubles with four RBIs and three runs scored.
Serra won a pitcher's duel against Westside 4-3, scoring the winning
run in the top of the last inning.
Justin Walker went three and a
third innings, surrendering a single run for his second win of the tournament.
Serra's offense was powered by Ryan Ohara and Roy Chang who led a 3rd inning
rally that resulted in three of the team's four runs.
Hsu hit .533
over the tournament, while Rogers and Lee hit three doubles each to lead Serra.
Rogers and Walker each won two games, and Kataoka earned a pair of saves out of
Serra advances to the Little League California Section 5
Tournament, which be played in Aptos from Juky 13th through the 17th. The
winner of that tournament advances to the Little League Northern California
Championship for 9-10 year olds.
The Serra 10-9 All Star Roster: Roy
Chang, Malcolm Hsu, Devin James, Naoto Kataoka, Ryan Lee, Matt Merino, Gilbert
Murillo, Ryan Ohara, Blake Rogers, Jacob Tang, Justin Walker, Josh
Coaching Staff: Mike Lee (Mgr), Keith James, Dan Walker, Dave