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Hanson dominates on the mound

March 23, 2011

Riley Hanson pitched a complete game, one-hitter Saturday to power the Fountain Valley Twins past the Westminster Padres, 2-0, at Westminster Little League.

Hanson struck out 12 and didn't allow a walk in posting the shutout. Devin Willingham singled to right for the only Padres hit and advanced to second base in the fifth inning but Hanson struck out the next two batters to strand Willingham.

Nick Taylor led of the Twins first inning with a walk and took second on a passed ball. With one out, Hanson hit a fly ball to centerfield and Taylor tagged up, took third and scored when the Westminster third baseman mishandled the throw from center. In the fifth, Hanson led off with a walk and took second on Nathan Young's fielders choice. With two out, Tanner Motske laced a shot down the third base line that scored Hanson.

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The Padres' pitching trio of Adam Lueto, Brandon Candelaria and Devin Willingham combined to strike out eight and give up just one earned run and one hit with four walks.

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In other Majors action:

Twins 3, Red Sox 2: In a battle between two Fountain Valley Majors teams, Nick Taylor and Riley Hanson combined for 19 strikeouts and the Twins held off the Red Sox in an eight-inning affair March 15. Taylor threw 4 2/3 innings with 12 strikeouts and gave up two runs. Hanson tossed 3 1/3 innings of no-hit ball and struck out seven to get the win.

Offensively, Hanson led all hitters with two hits, his two-out double scoring Simon Costa with the winning run in the eighth. Earlier in the game, the Twins got doubles from Garrett Gilmore (fifth inning), Nathan Young (sixth) and Steven Gonzalez (seventh) but could not get the clutch hit needed off Red Sox reliever Kyle Adams who threw four innings, allowed no runs and the three doubles to go along with eight strikeouts.

In the fourth inning, the Red Sox's Timmy Knowles drove in Jake Bitzer and Ian Collins also scored on the play by sliding home safely when the Twins hesitated on the relay throw. In the seventh, Knowles made a huge defensive stop when he caught Jon Kerchenfaut's soft liner to centerfield for the third out to prevent the Twins from scoring the winning run and send the game to extra-innings.

— Steve Motske, Community Correspondent

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Ocean View Little League

Braves 4 vs. Angels 4: The Majors Division teams battled Saturday to a tie score through seven innings and will meet at a future date to determine the winner of the game.

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