The San Gabriel Valley Allstars open up World Series Pool Play with a win against the Columbia Basin River Dogs 7-2. Brian Gadsby pitched a complete 7 inning game and was named player of the game.
SGV gave up two runs in the top of the 2nd inning off of some suspect defense, but that was all SGV would allow the River Dogs.
The River Dogs had their problems on defense in the bottom of the 4th which led to 3 runs for SGV...one run scored on an RBI single by Adrian Damla
SGV put the game away in the 5th inning scoring 4 runs, which included a big 2 out 2 RBI single by Justin Cage.
San Gabriel's next game is Saturday at 10:00am.
For more information on the tournament inclucing schedule/bracket, please visit the tournament host website by clicking here.
SGV continued their winning streak by taking game 2 over the Tri Township Falcons from Pennsylvania, by a score of 9-3.
SGV jumped on the Falcons early with 3 runs in the top of the 1st inning with RBI's from Alex Labor, Justin Cage, and Adrian Damla.
Things got interesting for the SGV defense in the bottom of the 3rd with bases loaded, 1 out, and a 4-1 score. Nick Sergi came into the game and struck out the next two batters to get SGV out of a jam.
SGV put the game away in the top of the 4th with a 3 run homerun over the right field fence by Raul Camas.
Both teams added 2 runs each in the later part of the game for a final of 9-3.
Nick Carino was a big part of the offensive story for SGV, going 3 for 3, 2 walks, and 3 runs scored...and was named player of the game.
SGV plays again today at 5:30.
SGV takes a commanding lead in the American Division in pool play with a 3-2 win against the Charleston Squirrels, to go 3-0 in the World Series.
San Gabriel got a run in the first, but saw their offense stumble for next 5 innings even though they looked to be the more dominant team.
With SGV letting Charleston hang around, the Squirrels took advange of their one opportunity in the bottom of the 5th inning, with a two out double scoring two runs.
Things were not looking good as SGV came to the plate with their last at bat in the top of the 7th trailing 2-1. With one out, Alex Briggs reached 1st base on a single up the middle, and Kevin Amersquita followed him with a walk. Nick Carino then stepped up and delivered a 2 strike base hit to score Briggs and tie up the game. Raul Camas was then intentionally walked to load the bases with one out. Alex Labor then hit a fly ball to right field that was well into foul territory. The right fielder made a great diving catch, but that allowed Carino to tag from third and score the go ahead run. I'm sure in retrospect the right fielder would have let the ball drop, but the baseball gods were on SGV's side tonight.
The Squirrels went down 1, 2, 3 in the bottom of the 7th inning and SGV pulled out a nail biter to keep their winning streak going.
Alex Labor was named the player of the game.
SGV plays again on Sunday at 12:30.
SGV was finally taken down in Game 4 by the team from Alabama by a score of 6-2.
The difference in the game was Alabama hit the ball well and SGV had some errors on defense. It was a missed opportunity to guarantee the #1 seed in the group, but SGV will definitely qualify for the next round.
The next game will be determined once pool play is completed.
SGV took on the Columbia Basin Desert Dogs this morning in a game that was cancelled from last night due to weather. SGV exploded in the bottom of the 5th inning to mercy the Desert Dogs 12-2.
The 5th inning saw SGV send 14 batters to the plate. Kevin Amersquita homered to right field early on in the inning to give SGV a 3-2 lead. Then came some small ball that seemed to rattle the Desert Dog defense. After a series of hits, walks, and a couple of errors, SGV had put 11 runs on the board, and that was it. The Desert Dogs only managed to get one out that inning before they were mercied by a final of 12-2.
Kevin Amersquita was named player of the game for SGV.
SGV is back in action later today at 5:00 when they face the Klamath Falls Cardinals in the 2nd semi-final game. Good luck boys!
SGV came up short tonight in their bid to make it to tomorrow's championship game. They went down to Klamath Falls 1-0 on a 2nd inning homerun by the Cardinals.
I'm sure the players are disappointed their World Series journey came up a little short, but the time they spent together and the memories created over the last few weeks will last a lifetime. Great job boys!