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Pirates dominate Minor League

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Halfway through the season, the Tom’s Market Pirates continue their domination and remain in first place with a 6–0 undefeated record after adding two more wins in last week’s play in a pair of victories over the Sam and Eddie’s Books Dragons. The Pirates jumped out to an early lead in their first win on Monday, June 20, and coasted to an easy 15–4 victory in a contest called after four innings. The game was decided quickly, as the Pirates exerted their will early and often, scoring 14 runs in the first three innings, and overall six hitters combined for 13 of the team’s 14 hits, eight RBIs and eight runs scored. Dylan Reed went two-for-three on the day and racked up three RBIs while brother Derek went three-for-three, scored twice with one RBI. Shawn VanHoose and Quinn Creighton each scored twice and knocked in one RBI while Hazen VanMeter went two-for-three and scored a pair and J.P. Anderson and Alex Hamilton each went two-for-three at the plate and scored a run, with Hamilton adding a pair of RBIs. The Dragons were led by Sameer Sajabi’s flawless day at the plate, going three-for-three with base hits in the second, third and fourth innings including an RBI. Colin Linderman, Liam McClean and Adeline Zinger all went two-for-three and scored a run thanks to RBI singles from Linderman, Jackson Knopp and Kellen Scott.

The teams met again in Saturday’s second game, and although the Tom’s Market Pirates still came out on top 6–2, the Sam and Eddie’s Open Books Dragons showed they are improving. The Pirates again jumped out to an early lead with a pair of runs in the first off ground outs by Derek Reed and Quinn Creighton that scored Hazen VanMeter and Dylan Reed respectively. Shawn VanHoose’s second inning double sent J.P. Anderson across the plate. Teddy Horvath and VanMeter then scored in the third off Dylan Reed’s single to center in the third. The Dragons mounted a fourth inning rally when Luka Sage-Frabotta grounded out but sent Liam McClean across the plate. Adeline Zinger then followed with a base hit that scored Colin Linderman. But that’s all the Pirates would allow while adding one more run of their own in the final inning when Joslyn Herring scored on a Shawn VanHoose ground ball to second.

Meanwhile, The Yellow Springs Chiropractic Indians also notched a pair of victories last week, both over the Peach’s Reds. The Indians captured their first win on Wednesday, June 22nd by putting the game away early with eight runs in the first three innings before taking the game 11–1. Lucas Dunn and Cal Freeman led the Indians, each having a perfect 3-3 day at the plate, each scoring twice with Dunn adding a pair of RBIs on two extra base hits. Anthony Mascola added three RBIs with Josephine Zinger knocking in two more runs and scoring another herself. Sam Miller led the Peach’s Reds with a pair of extra base hits in as many at bats, scoring the team’s only run on Ben Espinosa’s first inning base hit to center.

The Yellow Springs Chiropractic Indians also dominated the team’s second contest of the week, scoring eight runs in the first three innings to down the Peach’s Reds 13–3 in Saturday’s first game. Six Indian hitters combined to score a total of 10 runs off 16 hits, with a dozen RBIs. Max Lugo had a perfect four-for-four day at the plate with two RBIs and two runs scored. Reagan Dunn had her own perfect day at the dish with a pair of base hits and a double resulting in a pair of RBIs and one run scored, while big brother Lucas went two-for-three, scoring twice and knocking in a pair of runs. Meanwhile rookies Jaden Douglass, Hope Danis, Libby Kibblewhite and Josephine Zinger all went two-for-three at the plate with Zinger knocking in three runs and Douglass finishing with one RBI. Scout Espinosa went three-for-three on the day for the Peach’s Reds with first-and-third-inning base hits and a fifth-inning double. Mateo Basora knocked in a pair of runs on as many hits, with Avry Bell-Arment and sisters Ashley and Summer Anadell each adding an RBI for the Peach’s Reds.

The Yellow Springs Chiropractic Indians are in second place with a 4–3 record and two-and-a-half games behind the Tom’s Market Pirates, with the Sam and Eddie’s Open Books Dragons holding down third place at 2–5 followed by the Peach’s Reds at 1–5.

It is a much closer race in the Major League, with the Winds Cafe Reds holding on to a slim first place lead after going 1–1 in action last week. They suffered the loss to the Sunrise Cafe Indians, 9–6 in a weather shortened game on Monday, June 20. Both teams scored four times in the first inning and held each other scoreless in the second before the Indians scored three more in the third to take the lead for good. Blaine Baker went two-for-three on the day and scored a run while Jeremy Lange scored twice after a pair of walks. Phillip Diamond, Josh Clark, Vaughan Hendrickson, Jake Ortiz-Thornton, Jaymon Lange and Tyson Housh all scored once. Colton Bittner led the Winds Cafe Reds by going three-for-three on the day and one run scored, while Jackson Bleything scored a pair of runs. Henry Smith-Heston, Krishan Miller and Pete Freeman all added one run each.

Later in the week on Saturday, the Winds Cafe Reds bounced back and edged out the HarkenWard Solutions Cubs 8–7. Dominick Fisher had a stellar day, leading the Reds with a perfect three-for-three day at the plate, including a fifth-inning home run and four RBIs. His three RBI second-inning double helped the Reds jump out to a lead in the third, while they added one more in the fourth and three more, including the home run, in the fifth to go up 8–3. But the Cubs fell just short despite a strong final inning rally on RBI doubles by DeAndre Cowen and Sean Adams, with Noah VanHoose and Lily Rainey adding one run each to bring the Cubs within one. Adams finished the day with a three-for-four plate appearance and three RBIs followed by Noah VanHoose’s perfect three-for-three at the plate and one RBI.

The Winds Cafe Reds 4–3 record puts them in first, a half-game ahead of the Sunrise Cafe Indians at 3–3 and the HarkenWard Solutions Cubs one game back at 2–3.

Minor League games are played on Saturday mornings and Monday and Wednesday evenings, while Major League games are Saturday afternoons and Monday and Thursday evenings. All games are at Gaunt Park. See the league website at http://www.ysbaseball.org for the latest scores, standings and schedule updates.

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Pirates dominate Minor League

by Tim Sherwood