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Teams strive to finish first

By Julie Garcia
June 4, 2014 at 1:04 a.m.

Hunter Reaves, left, a Victoria Northwest Rangers outfielder, celebrates catching a fly ball to end the inning with his teammates, Blane Zeplin, center, and Seth Amaro, right, during Wednesday's little league semifinal championship game against the Southwest South Texas Eye Center  Braves at the Victoria Youth Sports Complex.

The spirit of competition was alive and well at the Victoria Little League City Championship majors division semifinals Wednesday night at the Victoria Youth Sports Complex.

Four teams, composed of players aged 9 to 12, played on two fields for a chance to compete at the City Championship final Thursday night.

Southeast AAA Concrete 13, Northeast Dick'sFood Stores 3

On the Roy High Field, Victoria Southeast's AAA Concrete and Northeast's Dick's Food Stores battled for six innings. AAA Concrete won the game 13-3 and will advance to the championship.

AAA Concrete (15-0) hasn't lost a game this season said manager Jesse Tipton.

"The kids played hard and put all their heart into it, and we hope to continue the effort tomorrow with our pitching, hitting and defense," Tipton said. "I want to congratulate the kids on their effort."

Dick's Food Stores manager Adolph Hernandez said the team made a drastic change from last season when it finished in last place. The team lost twice this year with both of the losses at the hands of AAA Concrete. It tied one game, he said.

"They never quit," Hernandez said. "A lot of games they were down, but they kept battling. It wasn't our season, but we're going to come back next year."

Hernandez said the parent and grandparent support of the teams has been great.

Southwest South Texas Eye Center Braves 1, Northwest Superior Fence Rangers 0

In what was the longest game of the season for both teams, the Victoria Southwest South Texas Eye Center Braves scored the lone run in an eight-inning City Championship semifinal game against the Northwest Superior Fence Rangers at the Rent-A-Center Field.

"The guys have been working really hard since March, and it showed tonight," said Abe Zarate, South Texas Eye Center manager. "It's good to win such a close game and come in and get that clutch win. We had three goals this season: One was to win our league, the second was to win the semifinals, and they'll have an opportunity to finish it (Thursday)."

South Texas Eye Center lost to AAA Concrete in the semifinals last year and is now looking forward to the opportunity to play the team Thursday in the City Championship game.

David Mitscherling, Superior Fence Rangers coach, said that he is proud of his team for its extra inning effort.

"We're a very young team, and we played an experienced team tonight, and we took them eight innings," Mitscherling said. "We're very proud of them."



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