Major League Reds A and B tie
- Published: July 3, 2014
The Winds Cafe Indians extended their undefeated record to 4–0 and remain atop the Minor League rec baseball standings after the second full week of play. The Indians’ contest against the Vintage Truck Dragons on June 23 was called after only two-and-a-half innings due to a thunderstorm. Then the first game on June 28 saw six Indian players combine for 16 hits, 10 RBIs and 12 runs scored in the Indians’ 16–6 domination of the Tom’s Market Pirates, who finished the week in fourth place at 1–4.
The Indians jumped out to an early 4–0 lead in the bottom of the second with a lead-off double by Krishan Miller, followed by base hits from Trinidad Speck, Lucas Dunn and Aiden Scavone. Miller, Speck and Dunn all went three for three and scored three runs each, with Dunn knocking in three other runs and Speck and Scavone responsible for one RBI each. The Pirates rallied back in the third, scoring all six of their runs after base hits and eventual runs scored by Sean and Dyllon VanHoose, Malcolm Blunt, Jonas Bahn, Emmett Cipollini and Matt Duncan. But the Indians responded with six runs of their own in the fourth on a two-run single by Henry Smith-Heston, RBI doubles by Miller and Dunn and RBI singles by Sam Miller and Scavone. The Indians then sealed the game with another six-run fourth inning, led by doubles from Krishan Miller and Dunn, and base hits from Isaac Grushon, Jake Ortiz-Smith and Brady Baker, all of whom eventually crossed the plate.
Meanwhile, the Sam and Eddie’s Open Book Reds forfeited their first game of the week to the Pirates on June 25 due to not having enough players available, but then bounced back for a 14–8 win over the Dragons in Saturday’s second game that saw six Reds hitters combine for 18 hits, 12 RBIs and 13 runs scored. The Dragons took an early lead thanks to a spark in the form of a Lucas Price double, followed by Tallis Onfroy-Curley’s double that scored Price. Gage Kostrzewa’s base hit then scored Onfroy-Curely to give the Dragons an early 2–0 lead. Onfroy-Curley had a flawless day at the plate, going 3–3, adding base hits in the fourth and fifth innings to his first inning double. But the Reds wasted no time putting the game away early with eight runs in the first three innings. An RBI double by Josh Clark in the first and RBI singles by Ethan Kneymeyer, Clark and a groundout by Owen Beitenhaus in the second inning fueled the Reds’ early offense. They tacked on three more runs in the third thanks to a hit into a fielder’s choice, scoring Jason Knemeyer followed by a Beitenhaus single, scoring Ethan Kneymeyer and Clark. The Reds added six more runs in the top of the fourth after a base hit by Areya Harker, who scored on an RBI double by Clark, a two-run home run by Keldan Harker, an RBI single by Beitenhaus, a Cal Freeman RBI single, and a fielder’s choice. The Dragons’ top of the fifth rally fell short, despite a leadoff double from Christian Bruggeman, followed by base hits from Tyson Housh and Kian Barker and a Christian Warren double. All four eventually scored along with Lucas Price. The Reds finished the week in second place in the standings at 3–2 followed by the Dragons at 1–3.
Rainy weather continues to plague the local Major League rec baseball season, as only two of three scheduled games were able to be played last week. The Reds A versus Reds C game on June 25 was cancelled due to poor field conditions. But dry weather returned and saw the Reds B team dominate the Reds C team 18–1 in a game on June 26. Tony Marinelli led the Reds B by scoring three runs and knocking in three others after a triple, a single and two walks. Josaiah Zinger-Mitchell also scored three runs and knocked in a pair of runs on three base hits. The Reds B jumped out to an early first inning lead, with runs scored by all but one of 10 players. Jason Lansing, Albert Glover and Jake Woodburn also scored twice, with Eamonn Carey, Dylan Rainey, Colton Bittner and Christian Elam all adding a run. Marinelli pitched the first two innings allowing no runs and striking out five, followed by Colton Bittner, who allowed the Reds C only run and struck out four. They combined to allow only three Reds C hits, a double by Jack Runyon, an RBI single by Eric Romohr and a Deena Green base hit.
The week’s second game on June 29 saw the Reds A team outlast the Reds B team 8–1. Six of the Reds A runs came in the first inning off nine walks surrendered by Eamonn Carey. Reliever Dylan Rainey stepped on the mound and allowed only one run and one hit on three walks and six strikeouts. Tony Marinelli finished out the last two innings, striking out six, walking six but allowing only one earned run. The Reds B didn’t score again until the fourth when Christian Elam tripled and then scored on a Sean Adams RBI double. Adams then scored after walking in the sixth inning on Marinelli’s fourth straight walk allowed. Marinelli was also responsible for the Reds B only run thanks to his second inning triple and stealing home plate on a passed ball.
The Reds A and B teams are tied for first with records of 1–0 and 2–1 respectively. The Reds C finished the week in third place at 0–3.
Minor league games are played Saturday mornings starting at 10 a.m. and Monday and Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. Major League Games are played Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. All games are at Gaunt Park. See the league website at www.leaguelineup.com/ysoyouthbb for the complete schedules, results and standings.