For the International House of Pancakes Major Baseball team, the top
of the first inning in Thursday's contest summed up their entire
experience in the Little League District 16 Tri-Cities Tournament.
After being one-hit in a 20-run loss to High Temp Metals in
Tuesday's opening-round contest, the Jewel City Little League
representative's run of bad luck continued, as the Burbank Bulldogs
scored four runs in their first at-bat without the benefit of a hit.
Unfortunately for Chris Alchermes' squad, things didn't get any
better as the second-chance bracket contest progressed, as IHOP
surrendered six runs in the second and seven more in the fifth to
suffer a 17-2 setback at Pacific Park, thus becoming the first team
eliminated from the 10-team tournament in the 9- to 12-year-old
Bulldogs 4 6 0 0 7 -- 17 8 3
IHOP 0 0 0 2 0 -- 2 5 3
* Game called because of 10-run mercy rule
Bulldogs IP H R ER BB K
Haney 4 5 2 0 1 11
Acuna 1 0 0 0 0 3
Totals 5 5 2 0 1 14
IHOP IP H R ER BB K
Dominguez 5 8 17 11 12 3
WP-- Haney (4-0).
LP-- Dominguez (3-6).
2B: B-Koll, Mersola.
3B: B-Gonzalez, Mersola; IHOP-Burseno.
"The team didn't back up [pitcher Joshua Dominguez] to start, and
we spotted them 10 runs," said Alchermes, whose son, Michael, had one
of his team's five hits in the contest that was called because of the
10-run mercy rule.
"And our pitching [depth] isn't properly equipped for the way the
rules are set up in the playoffs.
"We played them three times during the regular season and they won
all three, but we always try to play them tough."
When Dominguez (3-6) -- who gave up eight hits and walked 12 in a
complete-game effort -- stayed around the strike zone, he held the
Bulldogs (18-6) scoreless in the third and fourth innings.
But the Bulldogs -- who will meet Tujunga's Yankees, a 13-3 loser
Thursday night against Crescenta Valley's Landry's Sporting Goods, at
2 p.m. Saturday at Pacific Park in another second-chance bracket
contest -- walked three times in the first, and four each in the
second and fifth, with seven of those runners coming around to score.
"Playing them [for the fourth time], we knew anything can happen,"
said Bulldog Coach Ron Gobble, who received 11 strikeouts in four
innings from left-hander Patrick Haney (4-0) and three more from
Michael Acuna in his one inning of relief.
"But I have a lot of confidence in our team.
"Seeing [Dyrness Automotive pitcher Anthony Giannelli] in our
first game might have been a benefit for us in terms of how we swung
the bats [Thursday]."
After striking out 16 times in Tuesday's 4-1 opening-round loss to
Dyrness Automotive, Gobble's squad only fanned on three occasions
Thursday, as his top hitters regained their form against Dominguez,
who threw 147 pitches.
Leadoff hitter Chase Mersola doubled, tripled, scored twice and
drove in two runs, No. 2 batter George Gonzalez tripled, had a run
batted in and scored three times, and Haney had two hits, two RBIs
and scored twice from the clean-up position. Greg Koll added two hits
-- including a double -- scored a run and tallied three RBIs for the
Bulldogs, who sent 11 batters to the plate in the second and 10 in
Chris Burseno tripled and scored for IHOP (7-17), which collected
three of its hits -- from Lenny Diaz, Alchermes and James Atherton --
en route to scoring both its runs in the fourth.