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Third-graders capture NJB title

March 24, 2010

Ethan Wein of Flemings had the web gem of the game as he sprinted from his position at second base, to slide under a blooper down the first base line to record the third out. Catcher Jack Genova gunned down a runner trying to steal second. Blake Kormos, Brett Super and Will Favreau all reached base three times and scored runs and Jonathan White and Sam Kobrine also got on and added to Flemings run total.

Genova, Noah Katz and Alec Tak muscled up with doubles, Conor Costello played errorless ball and Favreau replaced Shadid in the fifth to close out the game.

— Greg Super

Costa Mesa American Little League

Dodgers 3, Blue Jays 3

It was an eight-inning duel on St. Patrick’s Day for the Dodgers and Blue Jays who played to a 3-3 tie in a Majors Division game called because of darkness.

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The Dodgers’ James Barton took the game’s first pitch for a single to left-center field but was left stranded. Pitcher Daniel Morales struck out the first two batters he faced, but the Blue Jays scored two runs in their first at-bat.

In the top of the third, Garett Kerley laid down a textbook bunt base hit to start the Angels’ third at-bat. He moved to second on a passed ball and then advanced to third on an infield groundout by Alejandro Vargas. The Dodgers scored their first run when Katrina Heil beat out a ground ball to second base to pull the Dodgers to within 2-1.

In the top of the sixth, Paul King led off with a single for the Dodgers. Grady Conner, facing a full count, hit a towering fly ball into right-center field to score King with a triple. Down a run, Conner stole home when a failed bunt attempt resulted in a passed ball, to tie the score.

The game went to extra innings. Evan Larsen took the mound for the Dodgers in the bottom of the sixth and seventh and struck out six of the eight batters he faced. Noah Prevel had similar results for the Blue Jays, striking out six of the seven batters he faced in the top of the seventh and eighth innings. The Dodgers brought in Frankie Rodriguez in the bottom of the eight and he went on to retire the side on three ground outs.

— Christy Conner and Jack Morales

In other CMALL games

Dodgers 5, White Sox 3

It was the second consecutive extra-innings duel for the Dodgers Tuesday but this time, the game ended with a Dodgers’ victory after seven innings.

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