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Friday, October 24, 2014

Kingsbridge kids are district champions

By Felix Holoszyc-Pimentel
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Miguel Batista, 10, a first baseman for Kingsbridge Little League, reaches for the ball for an out against Forest Hill at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem on Saturday. Kingsbridge went on to win 10-9 in the District 23 championship.
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Miguel Batista, 10, a first baseman for Kingsbridge Little League, reaches for the ball for an out against Forest Hill at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem on Saturday. Kingsbridge went on to win 10-9 in the District 23 championship.
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The Kingsbridge Little League minor division team captured the District 23 championship with a razor’s-edge 10-9 win over the Forest Hills Bombers from Queens on Saturday.

The game was held in Marcus Garvey Park in central Harlem. 

“This is the best game we played in this kind of tournament,” said Kingsbridge catcher Brandon Fernandez following the tense contest.

After Kingsbridge pitcher Gabriel Riollano did not allow a run in the top of the first, Fernandez got the KLL’s opening rally going in the bottom of the inning when he walked and advanced to second on a base hit by Alec Ducasse.   

Both runners then advanced a base on a passed ball. 

A walk to Riollano loaded the bases. Fernandez scored on Raphael Reyes’ ground out to first, giving Kingsbridge a 1-0 lead after an inning. 

The Bombers responded with 4 runs in the top of the second. 

A base hit by Chris Mazza and a double by Jacob Arocena put runners on second and third. Justin Montalvo smacked the ball deep into the outfield to score both runners. A base hit and stolen base by Denis Coppin followed by a stolen base again put runners on second and third. Ethan Weintraub’s base hit let Montalvo score, and a subsequent double by Richie Solomon brought in the 4th run for Forest Hills.  

Despite trailing by 3, the Kingsbridge boys pushed on. Base hits by Fernandez and Luis Santos and a walk to Ducasse loaded the bases. Riollano belted a double deep into right field to bring all three teammates around to score and tie the game. 

He was eventually tagged out while attempting to come home on a passed ball. 

Forest Hills regained what appeared to be a commanding lead with 4 runs in the top of the fourth. 

With Jamie Barrios and Weintraub on base, Mazza hit a 2-RBI double. Nick Patin hit a single and Arocena’s added 2 more runs on a grounder into centerfield.

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