Photo By: Dixon Ng/Special to the Town Crier
The Giants of Los Altos & Los Altos Hills Little League last month won the District 44 Junior Division championship. The Giants beat the A’s 12-2 to finish the season with a 19-4 record.
The Giants and A’s faced off on the baseball diamond last month, but this wasn’t the Battle of the Bay.
This was a championship showdown between two Los Altos & Los Altos Hills Little League teams playing for the District 44 title in the Juniors Division (ages 12-14).
The Giants beat the A’s 12-2 in the Tournament of Champions final, which ended early on the 10-run mercy rule June 21 at San Jose’s Municipal Stadium.
In his first start of the season, pitcher Brendon Ng earned the win with a dominant effort. A catcher throughout the season, Ng transitioned to pitcher for the playoffs after injuring his wrist. He made it look easy, allowing just one hit and no earned runs in going the distance in the final. He struck out five batters.
Ng received strong support from his defense. Infielders Bo Fick (third baseman), Cameron Avery (first baseman), Jake Mihanovic (shortstop), Matt Golub (second baseman), Jay Uppuluri (second baseman) and Chase Bishop (catcher) made key plays with their gloves, as did outfielders John Weingart, Tatsuya Yoshino and Casey Rockey.
Offensively, the Giants racked up 11 hits. Mihanovic notched two doubles and three RBIs. Ross Avery recorded a double, single and three RBIs. Bishop knocked in a run with a double and also singled in the contest.
Uppuluri, playing with an injured ankle, drove in the run that ended the game in five innings.
The Giants – who played the final of their 10-team division playoffs without starting second baseman Xavier Loinaz – finished the season with a 19-4 record.
Players celebrated the victory over the A’s by dousing head coach Robby Garrison and assistant coach Bobby Glasspole with water.