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|PV Little League Results & Highlights - Regular Season Week Six|
Bob Cohen - PVNN
March 29, 2010
Again in Week Six of the Puerto Vallarta Little League there seems to be an exciting game in each age division. This week, we had four good games. The kids that have better coaching and more practice seem to be coming down the stretch of the regular season with more skill, strength and ability and it appears that the playoffs will be extremely competitive.
|The Mexlend Martillos along the third baseline celebrating their victory and also giving the traditional game ending cheer to their opponents.|
In the 12-14 year old division, the highlight game of the week was played as the late game between unbeaten Teatro Limon and the very tough La Cruz Tibuneros. The early game was played between once beaten Banderas News and Las Rocas.
At noon, both games are always the kids in the 9-11 year old division. The feature game of the week was the undefeated PV Yankees against the once beaten Mexlend Martillos. The Yankees, coming into the game at 4-0 have rolled through their competitors thus far this season as well as the three pre-season games without a loss. Mexlend, after a learning period in the pre-season began to form a solid young squad and were 2-1 going into the game.
The Yankees flexed their offensive muscle early, scoring four runs in the top of the first and solid starting pitching held the Martillos scoreless. Each team added a run in the 2nd and the Yankees scored once in the 3rd and allowed two as Mexlend closed the lead to 6-3 after three innings and the mandatory pitching change. The Yankees scored twice more to extend the lead to 8-3 before Mexlend scored seven big runs in the bottom of the 4th on six hits, one of them a big home run and took the lead 10-8 after the 4th. The Martillos reliever held his opponent without a run and Mexlend added one more in the bottom of the 5th to lead 11-8 heading into the final inning.
Just three outs away from knocking off the mighty Yankees, the young Mexlend team got a case of the jitters, committing four errors and allowing three walks and they finally got out of the inning after allowing four big runs on only one hit and found themselves trailing 12-11 and leaving themselves just three outs to score. It came down to a runner on third with two outs and a weak batter at the plate for the Martillos. Coach Osiris Garcia sent his runner almost halfway down the 3rd baseline and that drew a throw from the catcher and the runner slid into home plate under the tag in a designed steal to tie the game at 12-12. The next batter hit a solid double and an overthrow into the outfield sent him sprinting to the plate with the winning run as Mexlend upset the Yankees 13-12.
|Coach Osiris Garcia gathered the Martillos squad before the last inning to discuss strategy with his attentive palyers.|
The fans, parents and kids joyously celebrated as the 9-11 division race tightened up and the mighty Yankees were proved to be human. The usual great sportsmanship followed during the post game shaking of hands and then the Martillos all sped around the bases and each slid into home plate in celebration.
In the other 9-11 year old game, Los Picosos took on winless Ixaya Café but the winless team had been practicing regularly and flexed some muscle giving the mighty Picosos all they could handle. The final was 27-21 and Los Picosos got away with a victory that was hard fought.
Now three teams have one loss in the 9-11 division and with teams having three games left before the playoffs, anything can happen. It is amazing watching the improvement of the youngsters, especially those that practice regularly regardless of whether they had played baseball before this year.
|Teatro Limon starting pitcher Oswaldo Cazares in his victory over La Cruz. Oswaldo who pitched three innings and plays centerfielf for three inninngs has become the best pitcher in the league.|
In the older division, Teatro Limon was the only undefeated team remaining when they took the field at 2:15 PM. They faced la Cruz, who is just one solid pitcher away from being as good as any team in their division. They have held the lead three times after three innings only to see their lead disappear in the last three innings.
Teatro Limon started Oswaldo Cazares this week, as the best pitcher in the league generally plays the first three innings in center and pitches the final three. In a flawlessly played first three innings, with just one error and one walk by both teams combined, Teatro Limon led 5-1 when Cazares moved to center and the relievers pitched. He struck out 8 of the 9 outs he recorded, allowed just two hits and one run to give Los Limones the lead. Both teams added five runs each in the final three innings and Teatro Limon remained undefeated, winning 11-6.
Banderas News faced Las Rocas in the 11 AM game and Las Rocas put some runs on the scoreboard and made a late run at their opponents. They trailed 16-8 after two, 21-9 after three but gained some respect from the rest of the league as they lost 24-16. Las Rocas pitching has improved as well as several key positions and their next game will be against La Cruz, so nothing will come easy for the youngsters.
T Ball was also played again Thursday between VIP and Homes and Living. The youngsters, ranging from 5-8 years old however saw a big change this week. The kids already outgrew the T's and the coaches pitched to the players. Surprisingly, most of the kids hit better and they were able to get a more realistic view of real baseball. Some of the kids will advance to the regular Little League next year and this was a good way to start them. Again, as always the game was a tie and both VIP and Homes &Living are tied for first place.
|A VIP player is safe at second in T ball action Thursday.|
The regular season is made up of eight games before the playoffs begin. The playoff system has been changed. The winner of each age group plays the fourth place team in their division and the second place team plays the third place team in a best two out of three game series. The two winners of that series will play for the championship in a best three out of five series to crown a champion in each age category. The standings thus far are as follows:
12-14 Year olds:
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Teatro Limon 6-0
La Cruz 1-4
Las Rocas 1-5
*Sage Hill 1-4
*Sage Hill was dropped from the league for not showing up for two games without notice after being on suspension. A team is being sought to take their place utilizing the same name.
9-11 Year olds:
PV Yankees 4-1
Los Picosos 4-1
Mexlend Martillos 3-1
Pipis Restaurant 1-3
Ixaya Cafe 0-5
***Due to the Semana Santa weekend, there will be no Little League played this weekend and no T Ball played on Thursday. Play will resume again the following week, Saturday, April 10th. T Ball will resume on Thursday, April 8th at 4:00 PM.
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