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Twins on top in Major League

By Tim Sherwood

Indians push to win Minors

In the Minor League last week, the Indians pushed their record to 8–0 with a pair of wins to keep their spot at the top going into the final week of play. The Indians pounded out 24 hits in their first win of the week, an 18–8 defeat of the Dragons on Wednesday, July 7. Hayden Orme, Parker Bleything, and Tony Marinelli all scored three runs, with Dimitri Wallace, Brandon Pollock and Tristan Campbell adding a pair of runs each. David Walker, Eric Romohr, Jackson Bleything and Sam Lewis all scored once. Charlotte Snare led the Dragons, scoring with a pair of runs, with Jeff Crawford, Ben Pontius, Sean Adams, Grant Arnold, Sam Bloom and Lucas Sansom all adding a run.

The Indians’ second victory, a 12–5 win over the third-place Pirates, came Saturday, July 10, in a rain-delayed game. Two runs were scored each by Orme, Campbell, Fisher Lewis and Marinelli, with Romohr, Walker, Jackson Burmester and brothers Parker and Jackson Bleything each adding a run. Meanwhile Caden Johnson of the Pirates scored twice, while Aamil Wagner, Joseph Minde-Berman and Maleah Gillman-Baggett each crossed the plate for a single run scored.

The final regular season game will be this Friday, July 16, at 7 p.m., when the Reds take on the Indians. The Reds remain in second place at 5–3, with the Pirates in third at 4–4, followed by the 0–8 Dragons.

The post-season tournament starts Saturday, with the Indians and Dragons playing at 10 a.m., followed by the Reds and Pirates at 11:45. The winners of each game will then face off for the championship under the Gaunt Park lights on Saturday evening at 7 p.m.

Twins have a hold on Majors

The Major League’s Twins continue to be the team to beat. They added three more wins last week to strengthen their hold atop the standings at 7–0. The first win of the week was the team’s closest one yet, squeaking by the Athletics 3–2 on Wednesday, July 7. Each team scored a pair of runs in the second, from Bryce White and Cameron Haught for the Twins and Jonathon Elam and Grant Reigelsperger for the A’s. Both teams’ defense then held the other scoreless until the bottom of the ninth when Joe Thorpe singled and crossed the plate for the winning run on Aaron Harshaw’s hard hit RBI triple.

Earlier in the week, the A’s were on the winning side of a late rally when they downed the Royals 12–10. Tied at 10 going into the final frame, the A’s tough pitching and defense retired the inning’s three Royals batters in order. Then in the bottom of the ninth with two outs and Isaiah Taylor on base, the A’s Ian Chick smashed a walk-off home run, his second of the contest, to seal the win. Eric Lawhorn led the Royals with three runs scored, followed by Sam Crawford and Joe Plummer with two each and single runs from Adam Green, Jacob Whetsel and Nathan Hardman.

The Twins notched their second win of the week by outlasting the Royals 7–2 on Saturday, July 11. They jumped out to an early 4–0 first inning lead, and Jared Scarfpin went on to lead the Twins with three runs scored off two walks and a double, followed by Joe Thorpe’s pair of singles that led to two runs. The Royals Eric Lawhorn and Nathan Miller scored once each.

The week’s third victory by the Twins came on Sunday, July 12, with a 10–0 shutout of the Athletics. J.T. Clark and Liam Weigand each scored a pair of runs.

The Twins remain first at 7–0, followed by the Royals at 2–5 and the A’s at 2–6. Major League games are played on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m., Sundays at 5 p.m. and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at Gaunt Park.

Go to www.leaguelineup.com/ysoyouthbb for more information on either league.

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