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A’s force winner-take-all after no-hit victory

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Spreckels Park White Sox base runner Anthony Arredondo slides under the tag of A's infielder Colton Tarp while en route to second in the first inning of Wednesday's playoff championship contest at ...


POSTED June 10, 2010 2:30 a.m.

Revenge was sweet for the Spreckels Park A’s Wednesday at Brock Elliot School.

Anchored by Jacob Souza and a combined no-hitter, the A’s coasted past the White Sox 11-2 in the championship-round contest, forcing a third meeting between the two teams in the Spreckels Park Little League major division playoffs.

The White Sox previously downed the A’s 9-7 in the opening round last Saturday. They’ll square off one last time for the league championship and a berth to the District 67 Tournament of Champions today at 5:30 p.m.

Souza helped power the Athletics to a 6-0 lead after two innings of play. In the first, he followed leadoff singles by Josh LeLaurin and Steven Rios with a two-run triple to left. He scored one pitch later on Steven Halleck’s fielder’s choice.

Souza struck for another two-RBI triple in the second, this time to the left-center field gap. He finished with five RBIs and two runs in a 3-for-4 effort.

Souza was also a part of a combined no-hitter. He struck out 10 in four innings, using 75 pitches. But he walked five and hit one while allowing two runs, one of them unearned.

Wyatt Wheeler plated the White Sox’s first run on a wild pitch in the third. Leo Soto reached on an error in the fourth and scored on a passed ball.

Only three balls were put in play by the White Sox thanks to the combined dominance of the A’s pitching staff. Steven Halleck threw 1 2/3 innings and struck out three. He was relieved by Rios, who recorded the final out on strikes.

LeLaurin (two runs, RBI) and Rios (run) were each 2 for 4 from the plate. Halleck belted a double in the sixth and scored on the same play with help from a throwing error. Francisco Salcedo and Jimmy Galindo each scored twice.

A’s 13, Indians 2

The A’s clinched a berth to the title round with Tuesday’s victory.

They broke away from a one-run ballgame with six runs in the third and four more in the fourth to enforce the mercy rule.

Souza was 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI. LaDondi Ceaser, Galindo and Halleck chipped in two RBIs  apiece.

Pitcher Colton Tarp went the distance from the mound, giving up five hits and two runs while striking out four.

Scott Teicheira had an RBI base hit for the Indians.

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