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Pirates hold a wide lead

The Pirates maintained their lead in Minor League play last week with an 8–1 season record, three games ahead of the Yankees. The Cubs opened the week defeating the Dragons 11–2 on Monday, June 30. Then on Wednesday, July 2, the Reds beat the Indians 6–3, and the Pirates fended off a late-game rally to defeat the Yankees 6–4.

In the Cubs vs. the Dragons game, the Cubs pounded out 16 hits, led by Evan Pace’s pair of doubles, a single, two runs scored and two RBIs. Kaner Butler hit a pair of doubles and scored twice, while Sam Salazar also crossed the plate twice. James Fulton also hit two doubles, along with a base hit to score once and knock in another run. Kennedy Harshaw knocked in a pair of runs and scored herself after adding a triple. Siblings Sawyer and Sage HaleWolfe each added a run as well.

Defensively, the Cubs held the Dragons to only eight hits and a pair of runs. The Dragons’ Jake Savage was responsible for one of the runs after going two for two with a double, with Grant Reigelsperger adding the other run after his base hit. Zane Pergram, Sam Bloom, Olivia Greco, Desiree’ Clark and Rhona Marion all had base hits, but were all eventually put out or left stranded by the Cubs’ strong defensive effort.

For the Reds on Wednesday, J.T. Clark finished the game with both a double and a triple on his way to scoring two runs and knocking in one other, while Christian Werner hit a pair of doubles, scored once and knocked in a run. Ethan DeWine, April Riddel and Tom Amrhein each added a run, with Amrhein also getting an RBI.

The Reds defense also held off the usually hard-hitting Indians offense. Keanan Onfroy-Curley made several put outs at third, Christian Werner snagged four pop flies and Tom Amrhein caught a hard hit line drive. The Indians started off strong, thanks to Fisher Lewis’ lead off home run. He scored again later when hit home by Nathan Hardman’s triple for an RBI. Fielding Lewis added a run of his own after hitting a triple and being knocked in by Hayden Orme. Sam Bloom and Maya Creighton each added a base hit, but couldn’t score, thanks to the Reds defense.

In Wednesday’s second game, the Pirates jumped out to a 3–0 first inning lead with doubles by Aaron Sherwood and Nathan Miller, followed by Jared Scarfpin’s single that scored Sherwood. Isaiah Taylor flied out but earned a pair of RBIs when both Miller and Scarfpin scored after tagging up on their respective bases. The Pirate defense shutdown the first three Yankee batters in the bottom of the first, a favor the Yankees returned on the Pirates’ three second inning batters.

Both teams held each other scoreless until the fourth when Sherwood smacked a triple and then scored on Miller’s base hit. Miller scored later when knocked in by a double from the bat of Nate Gillman-Baggett. The Yankees added a pair of runs in the fourth when Ben Croft singled then scored when Joe Thorp crushed a home run. The Pirates added an insurance run in the top of the fifth when Devon Perry scored, thanks to Amani Wagner’s base hit that earned her first RBI. The Yankees mounted a last-inning rally with Chelsea Horton and Parker Bleything scoring after a double and single, respectively, which were followed by three consecutive hits from Kenny McKinley, Jackson Bleything, and Danny Horton to load the bases.

You can find the latest schedule updates, scores, standings and player stats on the league’s Web site at www.leaguelineup.com/ysoyouthbb.

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