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Little League: Pitcher denies victory

Newport Beach American 10- and 11-year-olds eliminated after Rancho Niguel's Brady delivers in District 55 tournament.

July 07, 2010|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza, david.carrillo@latimes.com

IRVINE — Before the bottom of the sixth inning, Newport Beach American Manager Shawn Miller walked over toward the backstop. He asked the scorekeeper for the opposing reliever's pitch count and then praised the pitcher.

Rancho Niguel's Ryan Brady wasn't throwing like a 10-year-old or 11-year-old kid at Hicks Canyon Park Tuesday.

The right-hander stood in the way of Newport Beach American keeping its season alive in the Little League District 55 All-Star Tournament. Through four innings, Brady faced the minimum number of batters.

Newport Beach American put up a fight in its final at-bat. Clean-up hitter Garrett Schwab drew a leadoff walk. With two outs, Ryan Burgoyne hit a double down the left-field line, putting the winning run at the plate.

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Dillon Davis stepped into the batter's box and began hearing chants of "Double D!" The little guy hit a hard grounder to shortstop and raced to first, almost beating out the throw. Rancho Niguel held on and won, 5-3, eliminating Newport Beach American from the tournament.

Brady helped Rancho Niguel continue its season, hoping to reach the finale out of the elimination bracket. Newport Beach American made a valiant effort before bowing out of the tournament with a 2-2 record.

"I think he threw some of the best stuff I've seen in 11-year-old All-Stars now in two years," Miller said of Brady. "The boys put quite a few good swings on. We had runners on base. We broke through and got the tying run at second.

"The nice part was we held them scoreless the last [two] innings with impeccable [defense]."

Miller now needed the offense to rally Newport Beach American for the second time in the game.

Newport Beach American came from behind in the second inning. Down, 2-1, Burgoyne and Davis led off with back-to-back singles. Burgoyne came around to score, tying the game after an error in left field.

After Cole Funsten walked, Rancho Niguel pulled its starter, Sasha Tamaddon, in favor of Brady. With runners on the corners, Brady immediately went to work, mowing down the first batter he faced.

The next batter, Harrison Miller, made contact for Newport Beach American, good enough for the runner from third to score on a groundout. Brady got Rancho Niguel out of the jam only trailing Newport Beach American, 3-2.

Burgoyne started on the mound for Newport Beach American. The left-hander settled down after the first. He lasted three innings, giving up two runs on three hits while striking out four.

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