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"One More Day" - San Carlos District 12 Team Wins 2nd Consecutive Elimination Game

07/12/2017, 7:15pm PDT
By Ted Mathias,

"One More Day" - San Carlos District 12 Team Wins 2nd Consecutive Elimination Game

If you ever play San Carlos District 12 Managers Eric Hove and Lee Brandenburg in a best 2 out of 3 in rock scissors paper, make sure you lose the first game.

Because if you throw down rock and they go scissors and you jump ahead 1-0, they have you right where they want you.

Fresh off an SCLL Majors title with the Athletics after losing the first game and rolling off 7 wins in a row, Hove and Brandenburg are at it again!

This time it’s with the San Carlos District 12 All-Stars.
After losing 9-7 in an emotional rollercoaster game in extra innings in the opening game of the tournament, San Carlos has rolled off 2 consecutive wins in the Loser’s Bracket.

The latest was yesterday’s come from behind 14-10 win over Belmont Redwood Shores at Menlo Park.

San Carlos was down early but then Cole Kenyon and Connor Chan led the comeback with home runs. Kenyon hit his 3rd homer in 3 days of play while Chan picked up where he left off in the SCLL playoffs with his first homer of the tournament.

Dylan Brandenburg, Ryan Hove, and Aaron Melz provided just enough pitching to hold down the fort and enable the offense to go to work and secure the win.

This makes 9 consecutive elimination games that Hove and Brandenburg have won.
If you flip a coin 9 times, the odds of it coming up heads 9 times in a row is 1 in 512, or a .2 percent chance.

And while these baseball games are not true 50/50 outcomes like a coin flip, the point is winning 9 in a row is hard to do!

When you lose your first game in a double elimination tournament such as Districts, the brackets are intentionally set up to make things tough on you.
In SCLL Hove and Brandenburg would need 7 consecutive wins to win the title.
This time in Districts they need 8 consecutive wins.

Two down and six to go.
It’s the oldest quote in the book, but it is so true…you just take it day by day.

And next up for the District 12 team is a game on Thursday June 29th at 5:30 p.m. at Burgess Park in Menlo Park against the winner of the Ravenswood vs. Menlo Atherton game.

Through 3 games the San Carlos District 12 team has put up 42 runs which leads the tournament.

They ran into the hardest throwing pitcher in the tournament in their Opening Game, a kid that has been clocked in the low 70’s.
It was a tough scheduling break, yet they almost won that game, losing 9-7 in 7 innings.

Most teams would have been crushed by the events of that opening game, a game which San Carlos came back from a 7-1 6th inning deficit to tie it, only to lose in extra innings.
But that brutal loss has only strengthened this teams resolve.

Much like the Majors Super Bowl team, they just want one more game, one more day.
One more day to play the game they love.
One more day on the field with their teammates.
One more day in their SCLL Little League careers.

And the funny thing is, if you have enough ‘one more days’, it leads to something special.

So the next time you see Eric Hove and Lee Brandenburg, make sure to challenge them to a best 2 out of 3 in rock scissors paper.
Just make sure you lose the first game.


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