Friday Jun 19 2009
Folsom American A's eliminated in first round of TOC
By: Matt Long
Tyler Kaim pitches gem, but A's only manage one hit
The Folsom American Little League A’s didn’t get enough hits and pitcher Tyler Kaim ran out of pitches, as the A’s were eliminated by Lakeside Friday night, 1-0, in the Major Division Tournament of Champions at Kuntz Field in Folsom. In a classic pitcher’s duel in the first game for both teams in the tournament, Kaim locked horns with Lakeside hitters, while Nick Frank stood on the mound for the Dodgers. Both pitchers allowed one hit, but Frank was a bit more economical, throwing only 60 pitches through six innings, while striking out 12, including eight of the first nine A’s hitters. Kaim, meanwhile, struck out 13 in 5 1/3 innings, including seven of the first nine hitters, but left the game after reaching his pitch limit. Matt Huddleston came on in relief with one out in the fifth, but walked the first two batters he faced. Kyle Galbaugh then drove in Frank from second base with his fly ball single to right field. The A’s’ only hit came with two outs in the fifth inning when Wade Thomson doubled to right field. Frank then struck out Joshua Vandermeyde on three pitches to end the inning. “We didn’t get enough hits,” A’s manager Keith Cable said. “We only had one hit and that makes it tough to score runs. Their pitcher threw hard. “We had a chance to win, but Tyler ran out of pitches. He pitched great; it was his best performance of the season.” The Folsom American A’s finished the season with a 15-9 record.