|10U AAYBA - Team Mizuno Houston vs Dallas Patriots|
By Robert Thomas
FLOWER MOUND -- Team Mizuno Houston (Texas) put up a thrilling win to kick off the Platinum 'A' quarterfinals of the 10-and-under division, scoring five times in the seventh inning to pick up a 10-6 win over the Dallas (Texas) Patriots at the AAYBA World Series at Bakersfield Park.
The game would need an extra inning to decide things, with the score notched at 5-5 after six innings of play. However, Team Mizuno Houston made sure the game didn't go longer thanks to clutch hitting and key pitching.
"This was a huge win for us and everyone on the team contributed for us," said Team Mizuno Houston coach Mark Klein. "Daniel (Valderama) gave us huge pitches in the last two innings and our guys hit the ball when we had to have hits."
The win puts Team Mizuno into Friday's semifinals against the Texas Barracudas, with the winner moving to Saturday's championship final.
The extra inning was played under tie-breaker rules, with both teams starting with the bases loaded and one out on the board.
Team Mizuno didn't waste much time scoring in the seventh, with John Gilbert (2-for-3) blasting a two-run double for a 7-5 lead. But the big hit came off the bat of Logan Mostert, as he crushed a double to center to drive in three runs and a 10-5 edge.
Valderama, who finished with eight strikeouts and six hits allowed in seven innings, struck out the final two batters he faced to close out the game.
Both teams exchanged single runs early for a 1-1 tie after two innings. Ryan Neu scored for Team Mizuno, while Mickey Fry found the pay station for the Patriots.
Neu (2-for-2) added a two-run double in the third for a 3-1 Team Mizuno lead, but the Patriots got RBI hits from Tyler Arrington (double) and Kyle Sadder in the fourth inning to tie the game back at 3-3.
Team Mizuno regained the lead at 5-3 in the fifth, getting hits from Ruben Aguirre (2-for-3), Jacob Farrell and Mostert. The Patriots then forced extra innings with two runs in the sixth, with Logan Harradine and Spencer Cochran scoring.