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PV Little League Results & Highlights - Regular Season Week Seven
email this pageprint this pageemail usBob Cohen - PVNN
April 19, 2010



Teatro Limon, after clinching first place in the 12-14 year old division for the regular season. Next up is the first round of the playoffs.
The City of Puerto Vallarta and the Puerto Vallarta Little League will be hosts for the first time for the divisional playoffs for the State of Jalisco the weekend of May 28th - May 30th. (See: Help the PV Little League Host the Jalisco District Tournament)

After a two week layoff due to the Easter holidays, week seven of the Puerto Vallarta Little League regular season was played Saturday and again gave fans two thrilling games, one in each age division. In the 12-14 year old division, the highlight game of the week was played as the 11:00 AM game and featured undefeated Teatro Limon (6-0) against once beaten Banderas News (4-1). Teatro Limon handed Banderas News their only defeat the last time the teams met and if they won again they would clinch first place in the division.

Both squads started their second best pitcher, leaving their aces at other positions and ready to pitch the final three innings if necessary. The opening inning showed that the hitters took advantage of the opportunity to score early. Banderas News scored twice with a two run homer by slugger Raul Martinez and Teatro Limon answered right back with a three run blast by Eron Ulloa and Teatro Limon led 3-2 after an inning. Teatro Limon added a 2nd inning run and Banderas News tied the game at 4-4 in their half of the 3rd inning. They had the bases loaded with two outs with an opportunity to do more important damage but the batter was retired.


The Mexlend Martillos pitching in the fianl inning to Los Picosos in a thrilling game in the 9-11 year old division. Mexlend won thier 4th game in a row and passed Los Picosos for second place in the division.
Teatro Limon had their last shot in the 3rd before they would have to face Francisco Ramon for the final three innings and took advantage of a tiring starting pitcher, sending eight batters to the plate and scored four big runs on four hits to open an 8-4 lead after three innings. Oswaldo Cazares came in to pitch for Teatro Limon and both star pitchers pitched a scoreless 4th inning.

In a desperate situation, against a pitcher they couldn't hit in their previous game, Banderas News' first three hitters in the 5th got solid hits and scored, closing the lead to 8-7 as excitement built. Teatro Limon was held scoreless again in their half of the 5th.

The regular season came down to the top of the 6th and Banderas News who showed they could get to Cazares, had the top of the lineup coming to bat. The first batter struck out, and then the next followed with a single which put the tying run on base. A sharp ground ball was fielded and the batter was retired leaving just one more opportunity. A tricky short pop in the infield was hauled in and Teatro Limon moved to 7-0 and won the 12-14 year old division.


The Mexlend Martillos, after defeating Los Picosos and improving their record to 4-1.
In the other 12-14 year old game, La Cruz defeated Las Rocas 18-0 in four innings due to the mercy rule. That set up the final standings in the division and the playoff matchups were set.

At noon, both games are always the kids in the 9-11 year old division. The feature game of the week was the between two once defeated teams, the hard hitting Los Picosos and the hot Mexlend Martillos, winners of four in a row and they knocked off the undefeated PV Yankees in their last game.

The game lived up to the pre game hype. Mexlend scored three runs and Los Picosos answered with two in the 1st inning. Mexlend again scored three times in the 2nd and Los Picosos again answered with two runs and the Martillos led 6-4 after the 2nd. Los Picosos held Mexlend scoreless in the 3rd and again scored twice to tie the game 6-6 after three inning. There were more parents cheering for both teams than almost any game this season.

Mexlend, with the help of a 3 run homer by Roman Lopez in the top of the 4th added five more runs and held Los Picosos to just a single run to open an 11-7 lead with just two innings remaining. Los Picosos got tough and held the Martillos scoreless in the 5th and added two runs to close the lead to 11-9 heading to the 6th and last inning. Another big homer, a two run shot by Fernando Santiago extended the Mexlend lead to 13-9 with Los Picosos needing at least 4 runs in the final inning. They got two runs with one out but were held scoreless after that and Mexlend extended their winning streak, moved into 2nd place and dropped Los Picosos to 4-2 and into 3rd place.


For donations, sponsorships and further information we urge you to contact Bob Cohen at bob(at)banderasnews.com

The other 9-11 year old game was between the PV Yankees and Pipis Restaurant. They started at the same time as the other game but only completed four innings when I got over to the field. After four innings, the game was tied 17-17 and the Yankees were in danger of dropping two in a row after a 4-0 start. The Yankees exploded for 7 big runs in the 5th and held Pipis to just one run and scored 7 more in the 6th and won the offensive game 31-20.

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.

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:

After the games ended it was announced that the playoffs would start next week in the 12-14 year old division. The #1 seed Teatro Limon will face #4 seed Las Rocas and 2nd seed Banderas News would face #3 seed La Cruz. The teams will play a best two of three series and the winners will then face each other in another best 2 of 3 series for the championship.

The 9-11 year old division is far from settled and they will play out their full eight game regular season schedule. A make up game that was cancelled will be played between Mexlend and Pipis one day after school mid-week, this or next.

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:
Teatro Limon 7-0
BanderasNews.com 4-2
La Cruz 2-4
Las Rocas 1-6

9-11 Year olds:
PV Yankees 5-1
Mexlend Martillos 4-1
Los Picosos 4-2
Pipis Restaurant 1-4
Ixaya Cafe 0-5

Next Saturday's schedule:
12-14 Year olds playoffs:
11:00 AM - Teatro Limon vs. Las Rocas
1:30 PM - Banderas News vs. La Cruz
9-11 Year olds: To be determined

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.




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