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Pleasanton Weekly

Sports - April 6, 2007

Local gymnast has sensational season

Nine-year-old Lacy Dagen wins age division at state meet

Lacy Dagen, a 9-year-old gymnast from Pleasanton, just completed her level 7 season. She was one of only 25 9-year-olds in the country to qualify for Bella's Camp in Texas. Shortly after that she scored the highest all-around of 118 competitors ages 8 to 18 at the Judges Cup in San Jose.

This qualified her and five other girls to go to a national competition in Indianapolis and represent Northern California, where only one girl from Louisiana scored higher than her. She went on to win all of the all-around titles in every meet she entered this season, except one meet at UCLA where she took second.

Her season concluded March 24 and 25 with her winning her age division at the state meet in Stockton.

Seahawks host 1,400 swimmers last weekend

The Pleasanton Seahawks hosted the Far Westerns Championships at the Dolores Bengtson Aquatic Center this past weekend, which meant hosting 1,400 swimmers from the western part of the United States, Canada and Mexico. Despite the stiff competition, several Seahawk swimmers excelled.

Pat Darrow placed fourth in the 17-18 boys 200 Free; Andrew Seitz took second in the 200 IM, eighth in the 200 Free, eighth in the 100 Free and eighth in the 500 Free (13-14 boys); Rachel Knowles took third in the 100 Fly, fourth in the 500 Free, and sixth in the 200 Free (10-Under girls); Josh Meints placed second in the 100 Free, third in the 100 Breast, fifth in the 100 Back, sixth in the 200 Breast, and seventh in the 200 Back (15-16 boys); Tory Houston took third in the 200 Breast, fourth in the 500 Free, and sixth in the 100 Breast and 200 IM (13-14 girls); Nick Silverthorn placed fifth in the 100 Free, sixth in the 200 Back, and seventh in the 500 Free (11-12 boys).

As for the relay teams, the 13-14 boys' relay team of Kyle Lindsay, Brandon Chandler, Edward Zhang, and Andrew Seitz placed sixth in the 400 Medley, fifth in the 200 Free Relay, sixth in the 200 Medley Relay, and sixth in the 400 Medley Relay; Lillian Sun, Rachel Knowles, Stephanie Aronson, and Kayla Lindsay placed seventh in the 10-U girls 200 Medley Relay.

Amador lacrosse wins league opener

The Amador Valley Varsity girl's lacrosse team was all business from the outset on last Tuesday evening, as they battled Monte Vista. From the balanced scoring attack to the stellar defense, the Lady Dons came ready to play. They walked away with the 15-10 win, holding off a hard-driving Monte Vista team and handing them their second EBAL loss. Amador's record stands at 7-0-1 overall, and 1-0 in the EBAL.

Amador's balanced scoring attack was on display from the start, as five different Lady Dons found the net in the opening 10 minutes. Sophomore Kara Bijesse scored at the 21:55 mark to put Amador on the board. Moments later, Melissa Sheehan fired one into the net, and Kerry McCulloch's goal, on a feed from Bijesse, gave the Lady Dons a 3-0 advantage after less than seven minutes of play. The remaining 18 minutes featured non-stop back-and-forth action. Monte Vista got on the board at the 18:21 mark, but Amador responded 30 seconds later when Kristyn Hayashi, on an assist from Ashley Royer, put one past the goalie. Then it was Royer's turn, when she scored on a feed from Robyn Clark to give Amador a 5-1 advantage.

The defense played with intensity the entire game. Alex Martin displayed her trademark high pressure D around the crease, while Melissa Sheehan and Brittany Schoen controlled Monte Vista's drives to the goal. Freshman Colee Evangelista exhibited her raw speed, snagging ground balls and passing them off to the middies. Allie Zachariades cleared several balls to waiting attackers. This allowed Amador to score three more goals before the half. Amanda Nespor scored her first goal at the 6:27 mark. Bijesse rolled around the cage and scored less than three minutes later, and found the net again with 1:48 left in the half. Amador led 8-5 at the intermission.

It only took 44 seconds into the second half for the Lady Dons to go up 9-5 on a Nespor quickstick. Monte Vista began their comeback attempt when they scored three unanswered goals to come within one goal of knotting the score. However, Amador responded with three goals--one by Hayashi, on an assist from Nespor, and two more goals by Nespor--maintaining the Lady Don's four-goal lead (12-8) at the 11:25 mark. The Lady Dons outscored Monte Vista 3-2 in the remaining minutes--Bijesse scored her fourth goal of the game at the 4:05 mark, and Royer scored on a feed from Helen Cai two minutes later. With 31 seconds left in the game, Royer put one past the goalie to seal the 15-10 win.

Junior goalie Ana Martinez was spectacular between the pipes, stopping 20 shots in this high-scoring game.

Foothill softball shuts out Monte Vista, Granada

On March 27, the Foothill High School JV softball offense over-powered guests Monte Vista by crushing their defense by 15 hits and eight runs in six innings. Haley Piona went three for four in the game. Allie Straub and Lauren Ayers each had two RBIs. Our defense held strong by Mariah Worley and her excellent team behind her, through eight strikeouts and only one hit made by the Mustangs ending the game with an 8-0 shut-out.

On March 29, Foothill's J.V. traveled to Granada High. Both teams battled until the fourth inning to put up the first two runs when back to back singles by Jennifer Flamming, Lauren Ayers, and Haley Piona drove across the runs. Foothill added another run in the fifth inning when Jennica Holt singled, then reached second on an overthrow. Holt went to third on a wild pitch, and scored when Morgan McKinnon hit a ball to the pitcher. Foothill had eight hits on the day. Defensively, Foothill made the plays that they needed, and Mariah Worley gave up only two hits and struck out 11 Granada batters, with 3-0 shutout.

Harvest Park wins junior league title

Livermore High School hosted this year’s Junior High East Bay League Championships Saturday. Harvest Park won the 6th Grade title edging out East Avenue in team points 79 to 73. Jacob Anderson, Austin Hamilton (finals pin 14 seconds), and Grant Bonham all won their weight classes. Austin Bay and Max Niels lost closed matches to finish 2nd , along with Travis Chubb. Tommy Barrera placed 3rd to help out the team effort. In the 7th Grade bracket Nick Gaither placed 2nd , and Jack Berquist brought home a 3rd place medal. At the 8th Grade level Adam Aslam won a League Championship, Michael Flores took 2nd , Devin Aziz 3rd , and Ani Harnur and Alex Wenzl had 4th place finishes. This completes the Junior High Season.

Pleasanton Vortex

On April 1, the sixth grade, 12-year-old boys PUP lacrosse team Pleasanton VORTEX faced Diablo Scorpion. Vortex beat the tail off the Scorpion 6 to 3. Justin Garcia scored the most goals at 3 and made the most shots. Kyle Banda and Zachary Wilhite each scored a goal; Kyle using his 3-iron. Nico Quero scooped up the most ground balls. Devin Bell won the most faceoffs.

On March 31, Pleasanton VORTEX battled the Elk Grove Gladiators and was beaten 2 to 4. Goals scored by Kenton Koos and Daniel Arthur. Andrew Arabejo, Alex Trombadore, and Daniel Arthur scooped up the most ground balls. Devin Bell made the most shots.

Freshman Falcons baseball

Will Anderson led the Falcon offense with an RBI in the first and scored in the third in 2 -1 victory. On the mound Anderson pitched five and two-thirds innings limiting the SRV team to four hits and one unearned run. Michael Silfer finished out the pitching duties allowing only two additional hits over the last inning and a third. The Falcon offense provided singles by Garrett Moore and Ellias Khoury. Khoury also took one for the team in the third inning, bringing in the second run of the game, getting hit by the pitcher with bases loaded. On defense the Falcon squad was able to put together timely outs, stranding 10 SRV runners on base.

The Foothill freshman baseball team tasted defeat for the first time this season when they met a solid San Ramon team. A close game through five innings was broken open by the SRV bats in the sixth inning as the Wolves scored seven runs.  The Falcon offense was quieted by SRV pitching picking up only three hits, one each by Reece Yamada, Garrett Moore and Michael Hisaka. Yamada scored the sole Falcon run in the first inning.

Pleasanton National Little League

Majors Division: Giants 4, Pirates 1: Giants Nip Pirates Stellar defense and great pitching led the Giants to their 5th straight victory of the young season. Brad Pluschkell pitched 5 strong inning giving up no walks and only a single run on a moon shot by Jason Gregory. Chris Thomas pitched a scoreless 6th for the save. Jack O'Loughlin set the tone for the Giants making two plays that are worthy of ESPN's Sports Center's highlights. Zach Landers, Luis Solórzano, Brad Pluschkell and Chris Thomas led the Giants offensively. Excellent pitching by the Pirates Evan Anderson and Jason Gregory kept the Giants bats in check for most of the day.

AAA Division: Giants 9, Cubs 2: The Cubs took the lead in the top of the 1st inning with huge hits but the Giants bats came alive and after the bottom of the 2nd inning had the lead and held it throughout the game. Alex Williams pitched a great 3 innings holding the Cubs to one run and was a great leader on the field and in the dugout. He also played solid defense at Third and Short making great grabs and throws to 1st for the out. Anthony Trucco played great short stop today making good defensive plays and throws to 1st and also took the mound for 2 innings in the 4th and the 5th holding the Cubs to one run. He started us out hitting the first pitch he faced hard up through the infield into center in the 1st inning and also had another single for an RBI in the 5th. Joe Danckert had a 2 RBI Triple smashed into right field clearing the bases scoring both runners on base to end the bottom of the 5th inning. Joey also played solid great defense at 1st base grabbing everything hit or thrown his way. Chris Goldhawk had a hard hit single and played fantastic behind the plate. Andrew Griehshammer had a hard hit line drive up the left field line for an RBI. Ryan Gedwill played great behind the plate taking care of the ball and holding the runners and also had a single today for an RBI. Francis Dunne hit the ball for a single for an RBI and made great defensive plays at third. He caught several pop ups that were right in the sun at third base and also closed the game out by taking the mound in the top of the 6th inning throwing heat and well placed pitches. Hunter Milano had an outstanding day at the plate. Hunter dug the back foot in and was ready to smash the ball. Hunter had big smash for a RBI double in the 2nd inning and also had a single for another RBI making that a 2 RBI day for Hunter Milano. Matt Rooney also had a huge single for an RBI in the bottom of the 5th inning.

AA Division: Cardinals 10, Pirates 9: Tough defense and pitching highlighted the early innings including Alec Baughman striking out 3 of the 4 batters he faced in the second and James Cowick making an overhead catch deep in left. Bobby Kaufman, catching, threw out a runner at 3rd attempting to steal with the tag being applied by Jimmy Kaufman, who returned the favor by nailing a runner at home trying to score from 3rd as Bobby Kaufman blocked the plate and made the tag. With the score 2 to 0 through 2 1/2 innings, the Redbirds took off scoring 5 in the bottom of the 3rd only to see their lead disappear in the top of 4 on a bases clearing double by Griffin Chin. The Redbirds responded with 4 in the bottom half of the inning, again, only to see the Pirates tie it up, 9 to 9, in the top of 5. But, with the bases loaded in the bottom of the last inning, Jimmy Kaufman drove a pitch into the right center field gap allowing Brandon Jordan to score the winning run from 3rd. Alec Bevc had 2 hits and Marc Tsuno and Bryce Veit both reached base 3 times. The RBI leaders were Jimmy Kaufman, Drew Highfill, James Cowick, and Joshua Halperin all with 2. It was a great game by both sides.

Mets 5, Padres 4: The Mets played an evenly match game verses the Padres; our pitching kept us in this game, as did the Padres pitching staff. Kodie Ward threw well , collecting 4 strikeouts, Nick Padilla threw 3 strikeouts, and both Matt Flanders and Todd Ristow threw in control with 2 more strikeouts. Other defensive notes: Jack Traube and Sachin Chinta combined again for assisted throw outs of runners at 2nd based. Nick Martinez performed well at catcher trapping many sinkers and hard breaking balls from our ace pitching staff. The Padres pitching staff contained the Mets to scoring only in the 3rd inning. On offense Justin Miller, Nick Padilla, and Sachin Chinta each matched performance by knocking out a strong single, a walk, and stole 3rd base. Nikhil Patel and Kodie Ward both tapped in singles. Good judgment on pitch takes from Todd Ristow, Nick Padilla and Will Taylor each with 2 walks.

Pleasanton American Little League

T-BALL

Red Sox vs. Indians: The Red Sox played outstanding ball this week against the Indians: this roster is rich with talent! Jake Gebb showed his depth early with a stellar catch at 1st base and later hitting a deep line drive to left field! Owen Lahr saw great play throughout; contributing a solid hit in the 2nd inning. Jake Borges powered an awesome in-the-park home run to end the game in style.

Red Sox vs. Athletics: With outstanding performances from the entire Red Sox team, the crowd was gifted with a great game. Joey Herz was solid at bat all three innings while Aaron Zheng showed great defensive skills. Jake Gebb, the birthday boy, enjoyed his day smacking the ball all over the field. As a whole the Red Sox are showing great improvement.

Twins vs. White Sox: Logan batted with great confidence and hit the ball high and far. Joshua was able to entertain us with some good batting and fielding. Blake got a couple of batsmen out with his great fielding.

FARM B

Twins vs. White Sox: Zach Bell batted strongly, including a high one to left field to bring everyone home. Logan Still showed fielding skills at first and second base, getting two players out. Jake Vilevac hit firmly along the ground each time at bat.

Angels vs. Athletics: James Kroll in the pitcher position and Will Muat at 1st base managed to get three outs in a row. Sebastian Gwozdz also managed a few outs his turn up at first base. The team as whole has become a hitting team and are polishing up their catches. It was a great game against A's with a total of 10 outs.

Athletics vs. Angels: Sam Zevanove, Harrison Carter and Scott Renton were the outstanding players of the game. Great game Athletics!!!

Athletics vs. White Sox: Some of the outstanding players of this game were Jaden Orr, Blake Bettencort and Nathan Williams. Great game!!!

Twins vs. Angels: Nick Torre at bat hit firm grounders to reach first base each time he was up to bat. He also fielded well, running one batter out. Eric Thomas had a terrific third inning as first baseman, getting to the ball and running two batters out in a row. Kapil Raman at bat had strong hits, including a high one to left outfield and one that drilled straight through the pitcher.

FARM A

Athletics vs. White Sox: Ethan Williams #38 played strong offensive and defensive for the A's this week and double plays made by Michael Koidal #14 and Logan Caton #4 kept the team energy flowing. Great job A's.

White Sox vs. Indians: The White Sox played an exceptional game with critical plays by Andrew Liggett and Jonathan French. (Andrew also hit a double!!). Tanner Strangmeyer was another player who showed superior batting that evening with two major hits blasting over second base. At this rate the Sox are hard to beat.

Red Sox vs. Indians: The Red Sox continued their hot hitting and defense against the Indians. Christian Richter displayed his tremendous power by crushing a long three-run homer and a two-run double. Jared Lem contributed three singles and played an excellent infield, finishing several plays without any errors. Radley Rel and Alex Rigl each ripped four solid base hits.

Yankees vs. White Sox: On Saturday the Yankees squared off against the White Sox. The Yankees hitting was strong from the entire line up getting hits from every player. Justin Cho beat out an infield single allowing for a run to score from third. Donovan Mayer clobbered one clearing the infield and the bases. With a two run double, Bobby Lasica had the big hit. Each of the Yankees continued to show that their hard work at practice is paying off showing improved skills at the plate and in the field.

MINOR AA

Indians 11 vs. Twins 10: Cold weather and a string of walks in the first three innings plagued Tuesday?s game. James Kozuch hit a triple, and Andrew Kroll and Brian Collins slammed a couple of base hits. Our very own Josh Narayan clinched the comeback victory with a base hit on the last pitch tipping the score 11-10.

Athletics 20 vs. Angels 12: It was another high scoring game for the A's. This time they took on the Angels with both teams showing some good fielding and much improvement for the pitching crew. Saving some valuable points out in the field were some high flying catches in the hands of A's Centerfielder, Joshua Merryman and shortstop,Devin Julien. Always ready to make the next out, these two players kept their mitts ready to make the play. Devin continued to show his power by pitching a strong inning. In the end A's coach Ron was able to keep the energy going with a team chant in the dugout that energized each inning and end in a 20-12 win over the Angels.

MINOR AAA

Indians 4 vs. White Sox 3: Top highlights: Vincent Tanisawa (#11) had a 2 and 2 count with 2 outs when he crushed a fastball for a double that brought in 2 rbi?s to lead the Indians to a 4-3 victory! Collin Miller (#9) snagged a hard hit line drive towards short and second and fired it to Vincent Tanisawa (#11) at first who got the tag out for the Indian?s second double play of the season! Brett Barker (#12) took the mound where he shut out the next 3 consecutive White Sox batters and closed the game keeping the Indians hard earned 1 run victory. Great job Indians on a very close game.

Angels 7 vs. Rangers 6: Barret Fitzgerald drove in four runs to cap a superb comeback by the AAA Angels to take a 7-6 thriller from a tough Rangers squad. Playing with only 9 players and trailing 6-0 in the bottom of the fifth, Justin Levis led off with a walk, then stole second, then third. Jacob Nelson walked. Barrett Fitzgerald then singled, scoring Levis and Nelson. Fitzgerald then stole second, then third, and scored on Sam Molz single, making the score 6-3, in favor of the Rangers. The bottom of the sixth opened with the score still 6-3, when Jack Harding led off with a walk. Danny Terry followed with a walk. Jack and Danny then simultaneously stole second and third, and Justin Levis walked to load the bases. With Jack at Third, Danny at Second, and Justin at First, Dustin ?Deej? Bradley brought home Harding on a Fielder?s choice. Barrett Fitzgerald came to the plate with Levis on Second, and Bradley on First. Justin and ?Deej? then applied the double steal again, putting men on second and third with two outs.....Barrett Fitzgerald then hit a double with two strikes on him to bring home Justin and ?Deej? to tie the score, and came around to the plate himself on an error to win a real thriller for the undefeated Angels, who moved their record to 3-0. This was a great Team Win for the Angels, with every single player making a significant contribution.

Red Sox 6 vs. Indians 4: Great win tonight--timely hitting, good, aggressive baserunning and great pitching when it really counted. Stars on offense: Parker Moberg walked twice and racked up a bunt single; Jack Geasa had 2 singles; Bowen Smith and Jake Wilson had back to back doubles, both driving in runs. Blair Pacini stole home, plowing through the catcher to score the 4th run for the Red Sox. Pitching: Will Pickett pitched 2 innings: 1 unearned run, 1 hit, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts

Angels 8 vs. Athletics 0: Jake McIntosh, Jake Kinney, and Justin ?Lefty? Levis combined in pitching an 8-0 gem as the AAA Angels won their 4th straight game against a tough A?s squad.

?Lefty? came on in the bottom of the fifth and pitched out of a bases loaded jam, then closed the deal in the bottom of the sixth to preserve the shutout, and earn his first game ball. McIntosh (single, double) and Kinney (single) each had 2 RBI apiece. Jack Harding had 3 hits, an RBI, and scored 2 runs. Barrett Fitzgerald had two hits and scored 3 runs. Jake Kinney and Danny Terry each banged singles and crossed the plate once, and Sam Molz reached on an error and scored, to pace a balanced 10 hit attack.

MAJORS:

Rangers 11 vs. White Sox 2: The Rangers continued great team defense and offense against the White Sox this week. Lead by the strong hitting of Jacob Wipfli and Ryan Anderson the Rangers were able to prevail against a strong White Sox team lead by Jake Dronkers, Mitchel Worsey and Zach Schmidt. The Rangers have learned quickly this season that it will be very important to play as a TEAM as all 12 players played a vital roll. Bryson Sherman and Eric Crispell showed that this week with great attitudes. Great Job Rangers!

Red Sox 8 vs. Yankees 3: The Red Sox played a great game against the Yankees to win their first game of the season. Great pitching performances by Ryan Meisenheimer and Jimmy Doyle kept the Yankees at bay. Jimmy Doyle struck out 10 Yankee batters. The bats were alive with Brian Hsu, Ryan Meisenheimer, Drew Gray, Jason Menger, Nick Goldstein, Jeff Horne, Justin Cruz and Cameron Myers all producing hits. Jimmy Doyle hit his first Home Run of the season with a 2 run shot over the center field fence in the 4th inning. Go Red Sox!

Yankees 3 vs. Red Sox 8: The Yankees / Red Sox game was a great game with both teams getting runners in scoring position, but having the defense standup to keep the runners from scoring. On offense for the Yankees a nice double by Trent Morgan produced a run. Max Molz and Alex Zwingle reached base 3 times apiece to set up scoring opportunity. On defense the trio of Brendan Jenkins, Ryan Mahoney and Jordan Cain produced 9 strike outs. On defense some key plays by Christopher Kinney keep the game close. The Red Sox scored their runs late in the game to come from behind and over pass the Yankees in a close and exciting game.

Yankees 9 vs. White Sox 2: The Yankees played their best all around game on Saturday. They were strong on both sides of the diamond. Defensively the duo of Ryan Mahoney and Brendan Jenkins had 12 strike outs. The team defensively played almost flawless baseball. Getting led runners out and keeping the game within reach getting out of many sticky situations. On offense Jordan Cain had 3 hits, Ryan Mahoney had 2 hits and Dustin Lacy had a key hit. The Yankees had their break out in the 5th inning where they scored 7 to build an 8 run lead.

Red Sox 14 vs. Athletics 6: The Red Sox continued their winning streak on Saturday with a great game against the Athletics. Fine pitching performances were put in by Kyle Greenan and Jimmy Doyle. Jimmy Doyle was on fire at the bat with his second home run of the week and had 3 RBIs. Drew Gray was outstanding in the field with an awesome catch on the fly then a great throw to second for a double play. At the bat he had 3 hits with 2 RBSs. Justin Cruz turned a double play with a tag at second then fired a shot to first. Jason Menger had a hard hit double and accumulated 3 RBIs.

JUNIOR 80s

Angels 6 vs. Angels 6: The PALL Junior 80's Gold team made a stirring comeback to tie the talented San Ramon Gold team 6-6. Michael Lam was brilliant again on the mound as he went 3 1/3 innings striking out 5 batters while giving up only 3 hits. Pleasanton took an early 2-1 lead after one inning. The key hit was provided by Calvin Brown with a bloop single to left that knocked in the first run. Pleasanton fell behind in the bottom of the 4th 6-2, but bravely fought back in the 5th and 6th innings. In the fifth, Jordan Ramil started the frame with a sharp single to left. After a steal and two wild pitches, Ramil scored. In the 6th, Nick Eslick took one for the team as he was hit by a pitch. He was followed by Dylan Hecht with a hard single to left. With two runners on and two out, Jordan Ramil came to the plate and hit a long triple to deep center scoring two runs. Nate Johansen then hit a clutch single to score Ramil to tie the game. Joey Manzi came in to pitch a masterful final three innings, holding the San Ramon team scoreless. The lanky right hander had 5 strikeouts and gave up only two hits. The defensive highlight came in the bottom of the 6th. After a pop out and a strikeout, Manzi gave up a double. However, Manzi promptly picked off the runner at second with Nate Johansen covering the bag.

Angels 3 vs. Angels 0: The PALL Junior 80's Gold team looked very comfortable on the regulation size field in Manteca as they came through with their best game of the season, winning 3-0 against the Manteca Blue Devils. Michael Lam was the starting and winning pitcher as he fanned 7 Blue Devils while giving up only 1 hit and 1 walk in 3 2/3rds innings. Travis Eldridge came on in relief and continued to baffle the Manteca hitters. Eldridge had 5 strikeouts, 1 walk, and did not allow a hit. The offensive star was Nate Johansen. In the 1st, Johansen hit a towering triple to deep left center that scored Michael Lam who reached base on a walk. Eldridge then hit a sharp grounder that scored Johansen, giving Pleasanton Gold an early 2-0 lead. Pleasanton added an insurance run in the 6th. Eldridge reached base on a walk and promptly stole second. He was then sacrificed to 3rd by Nate Papageorge. The fleet Eldridge then scored on a wild pitch.

Angels 4 vs. Angels 5: The PALL Junior 80's Gold team lost a hard fought game to Tassajara, 5-4. Pleasanton was down 2-0 after 1 inning. However, they quickly came back, highlighted by Nate Johansen's monster home run in the top of the 2nd. Pleasanton scored 3 more runs in the top of the 3rd with the key hits provided by Justin Taylor and Nate Johansen, both singles that scored runs. However, Pleasanton was not able to hold the lead as Tassajara scored a run in the 4th and 2 more in the 5th to take the lead. Unfortunately, the game ended after 5 due to darkness.

JUNIOR 90s

Phillies 6 vs. Phillies 14: With new membership for 2007, the PALL 90's Gold team has fallen into early season hard times. Injuries have plagued just about all team members. But with heads held high, the red-capped boys split a double header against CC/SRA/SRN for the second time time this season. RJ Anderson and Jay Coles demonstrated that strategically placed line draws can bring in runs. Nick Johnson and Sean O'Connell showed steady pitching from the mound in game one. Final score CC/SRA/SRN 14 PALL 6.

Phillies 6 vs. Phillies 5: Game 2 of the 3/24 Saturday double-header, found the team with re-newed energy as Connor Farrell worked his way from the mound delivering 2 scoreless innings. A little trouble in the 3rd, he got assistance from his infielders as a 3-4 pickle play got a base-runner out. Credit to Matt Beadle and Zach Piona. Into the fifth inning, with pitcher Jay Coles showed some note-worthy throwing as he gets the final 2 outs to end the inning. Defensively, Nick Johnson proved he has both range and speed as he robbed CC/SRA/SRN of deeply hit balls to centerfield. RBI's credited to Stephen Ferrel (2 singles, 2 walks, 2 runs), RJ Anderson (single, 2 walks, run), Matthew Vance (single) - each with 2 for the game. Final score CC/SRA/SRN 5 PALL 6.

PONY Baseball

Livermore Indians beat Pleasanton Phillies 22-8: The Livermore Indians beat the Pleasanton Phillies 22-8 in PONY Mustang action. The Indians were led by the bats of Kameron Johnson, who had a perfect 5 for 5 night at the plate, Drew Webber (4 for 5), Alex Cupps (4 for 5), Ryan Ruley (1B,2B,HR), James Dayton (2B,1B,1B),(Tristan White (1B), and Joe Carr (1B). Webber and Ruley pitched well for the Indians. Patrick Murphy scored three times for the Phillies on one hit. Mario Roman had a double, Jack Murphy had a hit and was also robbed on a towering drive to center field to end the Phillies 4th inning.

White Sox Win in 7: The Pleasanton Mustang White Sox narrowly defeated the league-leading Pleasanton Mustang Giants with an 8 to 7 win in extra innings. Zane Pedersen led the offense with 5 RBIs, scoring on his 4th inning hit were were Zachary Larkin, Jax Pedersen, and Cody Teague. Defense held solidly with a double play: Reed Marques (2B) caught a line drive and threw to Andrew Crabill (SS) The Giants rallied to tie up the game in the 6th and force extra innings. Jeffrey Deguchi answered in the top of 7th with a perfect bunt that brought in Damian Johnson with the go-ahead run. The White Sox defense again held in the bottom of the 7th, withJustin Taylor (CF) helping to secure the victory with 2 clutch catches deep in center field.

Livermore Bronco A's 16, Pleasanton Bronco Royals 11: Xavier Sosa lead the A's offense with three hits and 3 RBIs. Christian Pesqueira and Jonathan Rainey each had 2 RBIs. Christian Pesqueira lead the A's defense, pitching four innings with four strikeouts. Jonathan Rainey caught the entire game, making several stops to prevent wild pitches. Chris DiPeso closed the game, striking out the side.

Fremont Bronco Twins: 16, Livermore Bronco A's: 7: Colten Paynter pitched two scoreless innings, throwing three strikeouts to lead the A's pitching. Catcher Jeremy Edwards threw out a runner attempting to steal third in the first inning. Edwards also had two RBIs, one during a fifth inning rally tying the game at seven runs. Jack Renteria capped the game tying rally with an RBI double. Nima Jafarkhani started a three run rally in the third with a single and a stolen base.

The Blizzard continues to blow the teams away!

The Pleasanton Girls Lacrosse Blizzard team continued their winning streak with victories over the San Jose Extreme and Ross Valley Grizzlies on Saturday, March 31, at Hart Middle School in Pleasanton. The Blizzard showed no mercy as they beat the San Jose Extreme with a score of 9 to 1. Top scorers for the Blizzard were Cambi Cukar and Evan Murphy. Excellent assists by Andrea Arden and Molly Grozier. Goalie McKalee Mooney did a great job blocking the shots. Excellent ground balls by Cambi Cukar. It was a closer game against the Ross Valley Grizzlies, but the Blizzard still won with a score of 6 to 3. Cambi Cukar, Kirsten Jensen, McKalee Mooney, and Evan Murphy scored the goals for the Blizzard.  Excellent ground balls by Evan Murphy. Outstanding assists by Tori Larsen and Cierra Kocik. Tough defense by Lindsey Kail and Mallory Manzano.

Comments

Posted by Boy Gymnast MOM, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 4, 2009 at 9:14 am

Just to let everyone know - we have a GREAT gymnastics facility right in Pleasanton. WEST COAST OLYMPIC GYMNASTICS ACADEMY. They are training top level BOYS and doing VERY well I might add.
I will say the guy that took the NUMBER ONE ALL AROUND at the San Mateo meet is 16 is from DANVILLE. ALEX GANZ LEVEL 10.
This is another sport that keeps kids hard at work and off the streets and gets NO recognition.
These kids train about 25 hours a week - intense physically and emotionally.

LET honor gymnasts -


Posted by registered user, Gina Channell-Allen, a resident of president of the Pleasanton Weekly
on Feb 4, 2009 at 12:13 pm

Boy Gymnast MOM, Both the Pleasanton Weekly and the Danville Weekly rely on parents and coaches to submit information. We would like to have the information about Alex. Would you be able to submit that? Just post it here or send an email to editor@pleasantonweekly.com.
Thank you.