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Yellow Springs Youth Baseball

by Tim Sherwood

Twins top the Majors again

A powerful Twins team remained undefeated in the Major League after scoring their first win over the Royals, 7–3, on Wednesday, June 17. The Twins’ Jared Scarfpin led the way by going two-for-two, including a home run, one other run and three RBIs. Scarfpin, Aakeem Truss and Liam Weigand all scored on a bases-loaded triple by Grant Reigelsperger in the first inning. Kaner Butler crossed the plate in the second, while April Riddell and Carter Collins both hit singles and later scored in the third. The Royals’ Gage Miller scored twice, with Ahmad Wagner adding the team’s other run. While the Royals struggled at the plate, both their pitching and defense showed some excitement, as they sent the hard hitting Twins down in order in two straight innings, followed by Nathan Hardman’s outfield catch and throw back to first before the base runner could get back for a double play.

The Royals bounced back with an impressive 16–6 win over the Cardinals the next day. Gage Miller went three-for-four at the plate with a single, double and a triple while scoring four runs and knocking in two others. Brother Nathan Miller was close behind with a pair of singles, a home run, three runs scored and three RBIs. Adrianne Beer, Ahmad Wagner and Joe Thorp all scored twice with Wagner adding two RBIs. Aaron Sherwood and Devon Perry both also each scored a run.

The Cardinals began a third-inning rally with an Ethan DeWine base hit, followed by walks to Taran Pergram and Liam Creighton to load the bases. Evan Pace then singled through the Royals’ infield to send DeWine across the plate for his first of two runs scored. That again left the bases loaded for Christian Werner, who then smashed a three-run double, resulting in a total of four runs in the inning before the Royals defense stiffened for the win.

But Sunday’s game saw the Royals struggle from the mound and fall again to the Twins 18–7. The Royals started strong thanks to Ahmad Wagner’s lead-off home run, followed by scores by Nathan Miller, Joe Thorp and Sherwood off of Green’s triple. Wagner hit a second home run on his next trip to the plate before Twins pitcher Scarfpin notched his third strikeout of the inning to bring the Twins up to bat for seven hits plus 10 walks by all nine batters. While overwhelmed by the score, the Royals hung in for a well-played force-out at second and Jaron Fox’s quick throw from the outfield to help prevent more runs. The Twins ended the week at 5–0, followed by the Royals at 3–3, while the Cardinals fell to 0–5.

Admission prices to these exciting games can’t be beat, so come join the fun at 7 p.m Wednesday and 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Gaunt Park.

Indians continue to lead Minors

The Indians continued their lead of the Minor League youth baseball teams after rain shortened the third week of play last week. The team extended its record to a perfect 4–0 with a 7–1 win over the Dragons on Monday, June 15. The Indians jumped out to an early five-run lead in the first, were held scoreless in the second and added their final two runs in the third inning. Eric Romohr and Tony Marinelli each scored a pair of runs, with Marinelli knocking in three others. Fisher Lewis added a run, as did Brandon Pollock and Hayden Orme. The Dragons’ Olivia Greco scored her team’s only run in the first after hitting a double and then being knocked in by a Sean Adams base hit. Danny Grote began a fourth-inning rally with a single, followed by the same from Greco and Noah Ernst, but all three were stranded on base.

The week’s only other game saw the Dragons come from behind to tie the Pirates 9–9 on Wednesday, June 17. The Pirates’ Gracie Price led off with a single and later scored when sent home on Lucas Hudson Groves’ base hit, who also scored when knocked in by Nate Gillman-Baggett’s single. Jesse Linkhart, Kenny McKinley and Aamil Wagner all added runs in the second, while Caden Johnson, Amani Wagner, Gillman-Baggett and Price all scored in the third. Meanwhile, the Dragons’ Grote led all scorers with three runs, the first of which came after a base hit and then being knocked in on a single by Ernst. Both Grote and Greco were part of the team’s five-run third inning that put them back in the game from a 9–2 deficit, as were Lili Piestrup, Rhona Marion and Sean Adams, who all crossed the plate as well. Grote, Greco and Adams each scored again in the final inning to even the score and give the Dragons their first tie of the season. The Dragons finished the week 4–1, just behind the Pirates at 1–2–1, while the Reds held the second-place spot with a record of 2–1.

Saturday’s games were postponed due to poor field conditions and will be rescheduled. Check the league Web site www.leaguelineup.com/ysoyouthbb for more information.

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