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Yellow Springs Youth Baseball

by Tim Sherwood

Reds, Indians lead Minors

More than 60 area youth kicked off the 2009 Yellow Springs Youth Baseball Minor League season this past weekend. In the season opener Friday, June 5, the Pirates outlasted the Dragons 16–11 in a game that saw both teams pound out 25 hits.

Rookie Caden Johnson and returning veteran Jason Lansing each went three for three and scored three runs for the Pirates. Maleah Gillman-Baggett and Aiden Cooney each scored twice, while Kenny McKinley, Grace Wilson, Anna Smith, Marya Weigand, Jesse Linkhart and rookie Gracie Price each added a run to the winning effort. Meanwhile, Sean Adams and Olivia Greco each scored a pair of runs for the Dragons, with Danny Grote, Noah Ernst, Rhona Marion, Sam Bloom, Sage Turner, Jeff Crawford and Lili Piestrup all adding a run of their own.

On Saturday the Reds won their first game, 15–2 over the Pirates. Veterans James Fulton and Jacob Woodburn led all scorers, each smashing out three hits and scoring three runs. Siblings Ethan and Amanda Perkins each added a pair of runs, as did newcomer Colton Hicks, while Dylan Rainey, Sulayman Chappelle and Ashton Gueth added one run each. The strong Reds defense helped shut down the hot bats of the Pirates, who were held to nine hits and a pair of runs, one each from veteran Jasmine Davidson and Price.

The Indians cracked 23 hits and beat out the Dragons by the same 15–2 score in Saturday’s second game. Veteran Tony Marinelli hit the season’s first home run while scoring two other runs. Meanwhile, Indians Fisher Lewis, Evelyn Orme and newcomer Eric Romohr also each went three for three and scored three runs, while Hayden Orme, Jackson Bleything and Tristan Campbell each crossed the plate once. For the Dragons, leadoff batter Grote opened with a double and then scored on a single by Marion, who later scored a run off an RBI single by Crawford.

Minor League games are played Saturday mornings, and Monday and Wednesday evenings at Gaunt Park. See www.leaguelineup.com/ysoyouthbb for the full schedule, rosters, results, standings and updates.

Twins set high bar for Majors

More than 50 youth ages 10–14 came out to start the first week of Yellow Springs Major League baseball play in two years on Saturday, June 6.

The Twins showed they’re the team to beat, handily winning both of their first two games. Saturday’s season opener saw them hammer out 27 hits and overwhelm the Cardinals 17–2. Twins starting pitcher Eric Longhorn gave up only a single run, while he and his teammates provided plenty of offense. Jared Scarfpin led all scorers with three hits and three runs, while Longhorn, Levi Perry, Edward Johnson, Liam Weigand and Carter Collins each scored twice, with Weymar Osborne and Tom Amrhein each adding a run. Ethan DeWine managed the Cardinals’ only run, as the team struggled at the plate when the Twins Longhorn and reliever Weigand combined for six strikeouts.

The Twins didn’t let up on Sunday with a just-as-impressive 13–2 win over the Royals. Scarfpin turned in an outstanding performance from the mound for the Twins, striking out eight of the 10 batters he faced in three innings. He also hit a single, a double and scored twice. Meanwhile, multiple Royals errors and hits from Twins batters Weigand, Longhorn, Grant Reigelsperger, Amrhein, Kaner Butler, Michael Kellar and an inside the park home run by April Riddell resulted in a seven-run third inning to put the game away. Kennedy Butler and rookie Aakeem Truss each added a run.

The Royals finally scored in the fourth inning when Adrianne Beer hit a single, stole second and then scored off a base hit by Ahmad Wagner, who also later scored when knocked in by Nathan Miller for the team’s second and last run. The Royals’ Isaiah Taylor came on in relief in the fourth inning and showed off his pitching talents by striking out the first three Twins batters and stranding a pair of potential runs.

Major League games are played each Saturday and Sunday at 5 p.m., and Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. at Gaunt Park. The full schedule, rosters, results, standings and any updates can be found at www.leaguelineup.com/ysoyouthbb.

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