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Padres back up no-hitter

June 16, 2004

Rick Devereux

The Costa Mesa National Little League Minor B Padres exploded to a

19-1 victory over the Ocean View Astros Tuesday at LeBard Field in

the opening game of the District 62 Tournament of Champions.

The Padres will play Saturday at 9 a.m. against a team from either

Seaview or Robinwood little leagues.

"They came out swinging the bats today," Costa Mesa Coach Rob

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Stillman said. "It was nice to see because you never know who's going

to show up when you're fielding 8- and 9-year-olds."

Besides scoring a season-high 19, Tyler Rios and Levi Stillman

combined to throw a no-hitter over five innings. The game was stopped

short of the full six innings because of the mercy rule.

"Rios is 9-0 and has been great all year," Rob Stillman said. "He

didn't quite have his good stuff today, but he was good enough to

hold them to one run."

The Padres set the tone early when Jeff Carlyle doubled over the

centerfielder's head to score Levi Stillman in the top of the first.

Two batters later, Carlyle scored on a fielder's choice.

The Costa Mesa bats stayed hot as all 12 players came to the plate

in the six-run second inning that was highlighted by Stillman's

two-RBI single. The damage began with four straight walks to Padres'

batters, which ended in a run.

Stillman followed with a hard grounder to Astros' third baseman

Grant Coultrup. Coultrup knocked down the ball and then fired a

one-hopper to first baseman Billy Fay, who picked up the throw, but

his foot was off the base. Alert baserunning by Alex Vasquez and

Jonathan Ball resulted in the two runs.

Rios scored from third on a wild pitch, Stillman scored on a

Carlyle single and Jake Stone made it 8-0 with a single over the

shortstop's head.

"We scored eight runs early and that kind of took the wind out of

their sails," Rob Stillman said. "For 8-and 9-year-olds, it doesn't

take much to break their spirits."

The eight runs might have been the straw that broke the Astros'

spirits because Rios, who finished with five strikeouts, was so

efficient. He threw eight pitches in a 1-2-3 first inning and 16 in

the second. Ocean View scored in the second when Brandon Wells, who

was hit in the calf to open the inning, scored on a fielder's choice

after reaching third base on a fielder's choice and passed ball.

"He's had games this year when he had 17 out of the 18 [total]

strikeouts, so he's a great pitcher," Rob Stillman said.

The Padres sent 15 batters to the plate in an 11-run fifth.

The onslaught began when Stone smacked a single that scored

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