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|PV Little League Results & Highlights - Playoffs Week Twelve|
Bob Cohen - PVNN
May 24, 2010
BanderasNews soundly defeated season long rival Teatro Limon 16-6 to win the Puerto Vallarta Little League 12-14 year old division on Saturday. They won the best of three series 2-0. The week prior BanderasNews won a tight 8-6 pitchers duel in the opening game of the best 2 of 3 championship series. This week it was much different. The game was played on the main baseball field and the BanderasNews bats came alive early and often and they built an almost insurmountable 14-2 lead after just two innings of play.
|BanderasNews soundly defeated season-long rival Teatro Limon 16-6 to win the Puerto Vallarta Little League 12-14 year old division on Saturday.|
Surprise starting pitcher Ramon Carreon of BanderasNews has seen some tough days as an occasional starting pitcher, but on this day he allowed just four runs in three innings with impeccable control, which had given him troubles in the past. Of the nine outs he recorded, seven were by strikeout. Francisco "Junior" Ramon started the BanderasNews offense with a 2 run home run blast to deep left in the first inning, which was followed by a 3 run blast by Ramiro Herrera, giving them a 5-2 lead after one inning.
After holding Teatro Limon scoreless in the 2nd "Junior" belted another homer, this one a 3 run shot that extended the lead to 14-2. It was 15-4 after three innings when "Junior" came in to pitch the final three innings of relief. He struck out the side in the 4th, allowed two runs in the 5th, but BanderasNews hit a solo homer in the bottom of the 5th inning that automatically ended the game via the "mercy rule". The final score was 16-6 and congratulations go out to BanderasNews as well as Teatro Limon as sub champions.
The 9-11 year old division played the first game of their championship series between rivals Mexlend Martillos and the PV Yankees. Both teams were once defeated during the regular season and swept through the semifinal round with relative ease. The two did battle on the softball field and the stands were almost filled to capacity. Mexlend parents, family and friends hired a "loud" sound system and were waving flags bearing the team's names on the first base side of the stands. The PV Yankees, in their second year in the league had large support on the third base side of the stands.
|Behind the two home runs from Francisco "Junior" Ramon and his three strong innings of relief pitching, BanderasNews was able to win the 12-14 year old championship in the 2010 Puerto Vallarta Little League.|
The two squads had the reputation for opening up large early leads and both have strong benches as well and everyone expected a slugfest. Surprisingly, the score was 1-1 after a quiet opening inning. Mexlend scored just once in the 2nd inning against starting pitcher Cristian Oswaldo Castillo Garcia and then responded with four runs to lead 5-2 after two innings. The Martillos scored just once again in the 3rd inning, as Garcia's starting effort was overpowering. The Yankees added two ore runs to open a 7-3 lead when the automatic pitching changes and substitutions came in.
The new pitcher for the PV Yankees was Kevin Contreras Aguilar and he appeared as dominant as the starter as he mowed down the Martillos without a whimper in the 4th on three consecutive outs, a rarity in this age group. The Yankees blew the game open in their half of the 4th with their first four batters scoring and extending their lead to 11-3. Mexlend needed a lot of scoring in the remaining two innings and managed just two runs in the 5th and trailed after five innings 12-5. Aguilar allowed a base runner in the Martillos 6th but they couldn't muster any offense as the Yankees took a 1-0 lead in the opening game of the 9-11 year old championship, winning the opening game 12-5.
In this age division, pitching strikes and keeping players off the bases via walks is the key to victory. On this day the Yankees accomplished that, allowing 8 free runners in six innings with four scoring, while the Martillos allowed 15 free runners with eight of them crossing the plate.
|PV Yankees starting pitcher Cristian Oswaldo Castillo Garcia held the Mexlend martillos to just three runs in three innings and handed a 7-3 lead to his reliever as the Yankees won the championship series opener in the 9-11 division 12-5.|
Also there was a one game playoff to determine the 3rd and 4th place finishers in the 9-11 category and again it was Los Picosos against Pipis Restaurant. The two have played some thrilling games this season that came down to the final batter. This one was no different as Los Picosos edged Pipis 14-11. Congratulations for a fine season to both teams.
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. Although the league is known as T Ball, the kids have had their coaches pitching to them as they discarded the tee after four weeks of play. The level of play has remarkably improved over the last few weeks.
The playoffs began this past Thursday at 4:00 PM between VIP and Homes & Living in a best of five series to determine the champions of the league. On a hot Thursday afternoon at 4:00 PM they began their playoff series. Each week more and more parents and family member come out to watch the kids play. Both teams scored three times in the 1st inning and VIP exploded for eight runs in the 2nd after Homes & Living put four on the board, to take an early 11-7 lead. Homes & Living scored seven time in the 3rd and VIP answered with five runs and after three innings the lead was 16-14 in favor of VIP.
|Juan Padilla might be the smallest kid on the PV Yankees but could be the most valuable. He plays five positions in the field including pitcher, is the leadoff hitter, team leader and possibly the MVP of the team. He was needed as catcher Saturday and did a superb job.|
The teams play either six innings or two hours, whichever comes first. In the 4th Homes & Living scored five runs and VIP tied the game with three. The two hours were up but the score was tied 19-19, so they went to extra innings. Homes & Living exploded for 10 big runs and held VIP scoreless to win 29-19 and take a 1-0 lead in their championship series. T Ball will have to wait two weeks before they resume their playoffs.
The Martillos and Yankees will also have two weeks off before the next game of their championship series. The 9-11 All Star weekend begins in Puerto Vallarta this Thursday with meetings and the following week the coaches will leave for the 11-12 year old All Star game in Guadalajara.
|The plaoffs aren't just for the older kids! The T ballers began their best of five championship series and Homes & Living took a 1-0 lead with a tough extra inning game.|
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. The official opening and festivities will begin at 9:00 AM on Saturday and games will be played on both the baseball and softball fields all day. In all, in the double elimination tournament that will include eight teams from the State of Jalisco, it is estimated that 17-18 games will be played Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Come out and join the fun and cheer for the Puerto Vallarta Delfines which is the name of our all star team. If the youngsters can win the tournament, they would advance to the Mexican Regionals.
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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.