LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES : Thousand Oaks Gets Breather as Hitters Come Through, 10-4 : Baseball: Hutton leads advance to semifinals with two hits, three RBIs in rout of Florida.
Thousand Oaks took another step toward the Little League World Series 13-and-under baseball title Wednesday night with a 10-4 victory over Jacksonville, Fla.
The victory puts Thousand Oaks (16-2) in the semifinals of the winners’ bracket of the double-elimination tournament.
For the record:
12:00 AM, Aug. 19, 1994 For the Record
Los Angeles Times Friday August 19, 1994 Valley Edition Sports Part C Page 9 Column 5 Zones Desk 1 inches; 23 words Type of Material: Correction
Youth baseball--Because of a reporter’s error, the score of the Thousand Oaks Little League game was incorrect in Thursday’s edition. Thousand Oaks won, 10-3.
Tonight Thousand Oaks faces Hamilton, Ohio, which defeated Surrey, British Columbia, 5-4, in Wednesday night’s other game. The winner moves into the championship round.
“We got some timely hitting today,” said Craig Frazier, Thousand Oaks manager.
“Throughout the qualifying tournament, we’ve had close games the whole way. It’s nice to be able to relax a little.”
Thousand Oaks catcher Doug Hutton went two for three with three runs batted in and threw out a runner attempting to steal.
Hutton’s two-out single in the first inning scored two runs--one on the hit and another on a throwing error by Florida third baseman Derrick Nunley.
Thousand Oaks added three runs in the second with the help of two wild pitches by Jacksonville pitcher Brett Myers and put the game away with three more runs in the fourth.
Thousand Oaks right fielder Wes Munyon hammered the first pitch he saw in the fourth inning to the deepest part of Sheridan Municipal Field, bouncing the ball off the facing of the 360-foot marker in dead center field for a double, driving home two runs.
“We watched (Myers) warm up, and we knew he had a good fastball and curve,” Hutton said.
“I waited for his fastball and adjusted for the curve.”
Thousand Oaks added two runs in the fifth and shook off a two-run Florida uprising in the top of the seventh.
The loss was the first of the tournament for Florida (17-3) and relegated Jacksonville to the losers’ bracket and an afternoon game today against Matamoros, Mexico.
Thousand Oaks beat Puerto Rico, 3-0, Monday in the first round on a combined one-hitter by Chris Strauser and Kevin Howard.
Strauser pitched five innings Wednesday night, giving up one run and four hits.
The run came on a solo home run by Myers, who was four for four.
“When we got here, I just wanted the kids to be competitive and have a good time,” said Frazier.
“Now I think we’re capable of winning the championship. We’re right there.”
In the Wednesday afternoon game, the Latin American team from Matamoros, Mexico, defeated the European team from Kaiserslautern, Germany, 4-3, in 10 innings on a single by Andrei Briones with none out and a runner on third.
Alejandro Jimenez pitched all 10 innings for Mexico, giving up eight hits and three runs while striking out nine.
The European team is a collection of children of American service personnel at military bases in Germany.