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|PV Little League Results & Highlights - Regular Season Week One|
Bob Cohen - PVNN
February 15, 2010
|Possibly the most spirited team in the league, Los Picosos always celebrate each time a runner scores and they score often, thus many clebrations.|
The Puerto Vallarta Little league completed Week Five Saturday of its first half of the season and two teams were added to the league, one in each age division, which led league officials to change the schedules which will be officially announced this week. The league decision was to have the two teams, that all missed the first three weeks of play, be assessed a loss for each game. This meant that each team came into last Saturday's action with records of 0-3. Again, the acceptance of all teams and the schedule changes are all subject to vote by league officials.
|Teatro Limon's Eron Ulloa hit two home runs including the deciding homer in the final inning to earn MVP honors in their 12-11 victory over Sage Hill.|
|Raul Martinez of BanderasNews.com blasted a record three home runs, including a grand slam in the first inning to help keep the team undefeated.|
|Los Picocos sponsors Mike Hooper and his wife Lydia from Seattle were on hand while vacationing in Puerto Vallarta and were sure to spend Saturday at the baseball field cheering their team to victory.|
Games were again played on both the baseball and softball fields and we had two new teams come out that played and joined the league. The older team is from La Cruz, and the other team is made up of more kids from Puerto Vallarta and is named Pelagic. The league is looking at what will be needed to join part way through the season, but the La Cruz team already has uniforms and also a sponsor. Due to the fact that there are now five teams in each division, every three weeks will be a bye week for one team. This week La Cruz and the PV Yankees had bye weeks. We are looking for someone or a group to help sponsor the Vallarta kids and anyone interested can contact me at a1abob(at)yahoo.com.
The highlight game of the week was played on the main baseball field between Teatro Limon and the hard luck Sage Hill Lightning. Sage Hill had to forfeit one game, lost another by a single run and last week played the league leading BanderasNews.com even for four innings before their pitching broke down in the final two innings.
Teatro Limon jumped out to a 3-0 lead after an inning, and increased their lead to 11-2 after three innings. After a scoreless 4th, Sage Hill pitching held Teatro Limon scoreless again the 5th and their offense exploded for 7 runs in the bottom half of the inning to close the gap to 11-9 with just the 6th inning to play. Teatro Limon scored a run on a homer by Eron Ulloa, his second of the game to extend the lead to 12-9 heading to the last inning and the final three outs for Sage Hill. They scored twice before the final out was recorded and the Ulloa home run in the top of the inning proved to be the deciding run as Sage Hill lost yet another heartbreaker 12-11. Ulloa was the MVP of the game.
On the softball field, BanderasNews faced Las Rocas, who has been improving each week. Their team is made up of a group of youngster, many of who never played baseball before the league started. Practice twice a week has shown marked improvement. but their work was cut out for them against the undefeated BanderasNews who jumped out to a 9-0 lead after two innings, with center fielder Raul Martinez blasting a grand slam in the first. In the top of the 3rd, Las Rocas loaded the bases with nobody out and looked to get back into the game, but they hit into the first triple play in PV Little League history and failed to score. The game went four innings before it was called by the mercy rule 14-1. Martinez belted a record three home runs and was the game MVP.
The younger kids began their games at 1:30 and on the baseball field Los Picosos, with their team sponsors Mike Hooper and his wife Lydia on vacation and in the stands to watch their team play. They faced the new Pelagic team and led after a six run first inning that was tied in the bottom half of the inning. Pelagic held Los Picosos scoreless in the second and then scored six more to lead 12-6 after two innings and there was a potential upset in the making. Los Picosos scored 6 more in the 3rd and Pelagic answered with 3 runs to lead 15-12. Picosos, the highest scoring team in the league got their offense going in the 4th, scoring 7 runs to finally take the lead 19-17 and went on to score 13 runs in the 5th and win the slugfest 32-18.
On the softball field, the Mexlend Martillos and Pipis Restaurant, both 1-3 and both new to the league faced each other for the second time this season. Mexlend won the first time they played 37-26 in a marathon contest and the highest scoring game in league history. Mexlend led 12-2 going into the bottom of the 3rd inning and Pipis exploded for 14 runs to take a 16-12 lead. The 4th and 5th innings were defensively played and Pipis led 18-14 going into the final inning. Mexlend exploded for 11 runs and Pipis responded with just 4 in the bottom of the 6th. This time the score was closer but Mexlend again came out on top, edging Pipis 25-20 in another exciting game. The two young teams will be a force in the second half of the season.
|For donations, sponsorships and further information we urge you to contact Bob Cohen at bob(at)banderasnews.com|
Standings thus far after four weeks of play:
12-14 Year olds:
Teatro Limon 4-1
Sage Hill 1-4
Las Rocas 1-4
La Cruz 0-4
9-11 Year olds:
PV Yankees 4-0
Los Picosos 3-2
Mexlend Martillos 2-3
Pipis Restaurant 1-4
Come out and join us for games each week beginning at 11:00 AM. The older kids (12-14) play at the early games and the 9-11 year olds play the afternoon games. Due to religious trainings the second games will now be played at 1:30 PM. We hope to see everyone watching Little League in Puerto Vallarta every week.
Your support provides endless benefits for Banderas Bay area kids, who will develop the qualities of citizenship, discipline, teamwork and physical well-being by participating in Puerto Vallarta Little League Baseball. To learn how you can help, send an email to Bob Cohen at bob(at)banderasnews.com. For more information about Puerto Vallarta Little League Baseball, click HERE.