News from Around Banderas Bay
|PV Little League Results & Highlights - Playoffs Week Ten|
Bob Cohen - PVNN
May 10, 2010
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)
|BanderasNews after winning the semifinals against La Cruz. Pictured is the team, the coach in the back left and BanderasNews's Bob Cohen in the back right.|
The highlight game of the week was between BanderasNews and the La Cruz Tibuneros in the 12-14 year old division. BanderasNews and La Cruz were tied 1-1 in the semifinal series and the winner would advance to the finals after the deciding third game. Teatro Limon earlier won their series over Las Rocas and awaited this series winner to play for the division championship.
Last week La Cruz solved their problems with late inning woes with fine pitching performances by starter Ismael Santos and reliever Octavio Garcia in a hard fought 8-7 victory to even the series as BanderasNews struggled again with their starting pitching, falling behind for the second consecutive time. In the first time they exploded against the relief staff of La Cruz with a come from behind 18-15 victory, but last week they couldn't make up the deficit, stranding the tying run on third in the last inning.
This set up a chess match between the coaches and BanderasNews started Roberto Carbajal who is the starting catcher and came in last week to pitch very effectively in relief. Expecting to see Santos starting for La Cruz, fans were surprised to see Lezema starting. In fact Santos wasn't even at the game. After a 3-3 first inning that featured a three run home run by Francisco "Junior" Ramon for BanderasNews, Carbajal pitched a solid 2nd inning and BanderasNews scored six runs in the bottom of the 2nd to take a 9-4 lead. Both pitchers held their opponents in the 3rd and it was time for the mandatory change in pitchers, as three innings is their limit.
As the game seemed out of reach with "Junior" pitching for BanderasNews in the 4th, Octavio Garcia met power with power and blasted one of the longest home runs seen this season to cut the lead to 9-6. The next batter blasted another bomb and crossed home plate but was called out as he missed 3rd base and La Cruz wasted an opportunity but closed the deficit to 9-6. In the bottom of the 4th Ramon hit his second homer of the game but he was called out after he failed to touch home plate. BanderasNews still scored three times to extend their lead to 12-6.
|Mexlend Martillos starting pitcher Oscar Rizo was the winning pitcher, allowing just one hot in three innings and hit a three run homer in the 1st inning and added another home run in the 4th.|
Ramon found his groove on the mound and la Cruz went down scoreless in the 5th and BanderasNews exploded for five runs on three consecutive homers, another by Ramon who jumped on the plate as he crossed. The lead was an untouchable 17-6 and Ramon closed out the game with a scoreless 6th inning.
BanderasNews won the tight and exciting series 2-1 and will face undefeated Teatro Limon Saturday at 11:00 AM in a best 2 of 3 series to determine the champion in the 12-14 year old division. Congratulations to la Cruz for their excellent play and sportsmanship. They were a great addition to the Puerto Vallarta Little League and we hope to have them return for the next season.
The 9-11 year old division began their playoffs Saturday. Top seed and once beaten PV Yankees took on 4th seeded Pipis Restaurant and 2nd seeded and once beaten Mexlend Martillos faced 3rd seeded and twice beaten Los Picosos.
The Yankees-Pipis game was played on the main baseball field and Mexlend-Picosos were played on the softball field. The PV Yankees flexed their muscles early and scored 14 runs in the bottom of the 1st after holding Pipis scoreless and had the biggest 1st inning lead that any team held after just an inning. The always resilient Pipis scored eight runs in the 2nd and held the Yankees scoreless and suddenly after two innings at 14-8, we had a game. The Yankees pitching staff got stubborn and held Pipis in check while they scored two runs in the 4th and 5th and the game ended with the PV Yankees winning 19-9 and taking a 1-0 lead in the playoffs.
|BanderasNews' Francisco "Junior" Ramon pitched the final three innings, allowing just two runs and hit two home runs to lead his team into the finals against Teatro Limon beginning this Saturday.|
On the softball field the largest and loudest crowd this season greeted the Martillos and Los Picosos. Los Picosos scored three runs and Mexlend answered with four and led 4-3 after an inning. The play of the game came in the top of the 2nd with two outs and the bases loaded, Los Picosos threatening, and the Mexlend catcher picked off the runner at first base to end the threat and inning.
That was as close as the game ever got as Mexlend exploded for nine runs in the 2nd and 3rd while holding Los Picosos to just three runs and after the 3rd it was all Martillos as they led 22-6. The final was 26-9 and it was ended after five innings via the mercy rule. The Martillos were so dominant at the plate that they had 24 base hits and hit seven home runs, two by starting pitcher Oscar Rizo and three by Juan Carlos Ocaranza. The Martillos pitching staff did allow 14 walks but only permitted two base hits in their victory. The two will meet again Saturday at noon with Mexlend looking for a sweep and Los Picosos looking to even the series.
|For donations, sponsorships and further information we urge you to contact Bob Cohen at bob(at)banderasnews.com|
T Ball was also played again Thursday between VIP and Homes and Living. The youngsters, ranging from 5-8 years old play for VIP and Homes &Living. The VIPs won the first few games and then Homes and Living defeated VIP won the last three. This past Thursday finally saw VIP end their losing streak and defeated Homes & Living 13-11 in another close game. Now VIP is 4-3 and Homes &Living 3-4. Homes & Living lost its first game Thursday with the coaches pitching as VIP won all their games when the youngsters hit fro the T. They will go at it again Thursday at 4:00 PM; come out and enjoy the fun.
Next Saturday's schedule:
12-14 Year olds playoffs
• 11:00 AM - BanderasNews vs. Teatro Limon in the first game of a best 2 of 3 series to determine the 12-14 year old championship
9-11 Year olds playoffs:
• Noon - #1 seed PV Yankees (1-0) vs. #4 seed Pipis Restaurant (0-1)
• Noon - #2 seed Mexlend Martillos (1-0) vs. #3 seed Los Picosos (0-1)
Come out and enjoy the exciting playoff action as one team will be crowned champions of each division in early June.
Don't forget the 9-10 year old Jalisco playoffs that will be held for the first time ever in Puerto Vallarta, the weekend of May 28th - May 30th. We still need financial help to host the playoffs. Anyone that is interested in making a donation for the playoffs, please contact me at a1abob(at)yaoo.com or bob(at)banderasnews.com. These funds will also be utilized for travel expenses the following weekend when the 11-12 all stars go to Guadalajara for the Jalisco playoffs in that age division.
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.