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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 the bullpen.

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 Willis

Coaching Staff: Mike Lee (Mgr), Keith James, Dan Walker, Dave Willis













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