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The Indians took a pair of games from the Yankees on Monday, July 14, to overtake the Yankees and move into second place behind the Pirates to start off the final two weeks of the 2008 season. The first win came by a 7–6 margin, and the second game was a slugfest in which the Indians prevailed 14–10. More on both games will appear in next week’s News.

Meanwhile, last week saw the Reds defeat the Dragons twice, the first win coming Monday, July 7, in a 7–3 decision. Keanan Onfroy-Curley, Ethan DeWine, Tom Amrhein and Weymar Osborne all scored in the first to give the Reds an early lead. The Dragons responded with a pair of runs from Jake Savage and Grant Reigelsperger. The Reds put the game away in the third when DeWine and Amrhein were knocked in by April Riddel, who also eventually scored.

The Yankees also had a pair of victories last week, the first by rallying to score the winning run in the bottom of the fifth to defeat the Cubs 3–2 on Wednesday, July 9. Evelyn Green and Chelsea Horton scored the first Yankee runs in the second after being knocked in by singles from Kenny McKinley and Danny Horton. The Cubs scored their own pair of runs after Evan Pace led off the fourth with a double, followed by James Fulton’s single. Sawyer HaleWolfe’s sacrifice scored Pace, and Cameron Haught’s single knocked in Fulton to tie the game. Yankee Ian Chick led off the bottom of the final inning with a base hit and eventually scored when Tyler Restau’s single knocked in Chick as the winning run.

The Yankees returned the next evening on Thursday to explode to a 14–4 victory over the Reds. The Yankees jumped out to a 5–0 first inning lead that included a bases-loaded grandslam home run by Chelsea Horton that also sent Tyler Restau, Ian Chick and Evelyn Green across the plate. Horton was also responsible for two other RBIs for a game total of six. Restau and Joe Thorp also smashed home runs and scored a total of three runs each, with another three runs coming from Ian Chick. Liam Creighton and Kenny McKinley also each added a run. The Reds didn’t score until the fourth when April Riddel, Jaron Fox and Jakob Woodburn all crossed the plate, with Riddel scoring again in the fifth.

Friday’s first game saw the Indians pound out 12 hits in their 8–2 victory over the Cubs. Fisher Lewis scored in the first when he was sent home by brother Fielding’s triple, who scored next off Theron Orme’s single. The Cubs responded in a pair of their own runs when Evan pace hit a triple, scoring Kaner Butler. Pace then scored when he was advanced by James Fulton’s double. But the Indians put the game away with six runs in the second inning. Nathan Hardman scored on David Walker’s sacrifice RBI, and Maya Creighton earned her first hit and RBI that scored Edward Johnson after his double. Creighton eventually scored, as did Sam Butler.

The Reds defeated the Dragons again on Friday, July 11, in a 13–5 victory under the lights. The Dragons jumped out to a first-inning three-run lead on runs from Jake Savage, Grant Reigelsperger and Tony Marinelli. But the Reds roared back with runs from Ethan DeWine, April Riddel, Andrew Clark and Tom Amrhein. Weymar Osborne added a run and an RBI in the second, while J.T. Clark also scored in the second, and his brother Andrew smashed a home run in the third. Jaron Fox had a pair of doubles and as many RBI’s. The Dragons rallied in the final inning with a lead-off triple from Jake Savage, but the Reds defensive wall went up and put out the next three batters to seal the win.

Saturday morning, July 12, the Pirates managed a 5–2 win, their ninth, over the Dragons in an official three-inning game before the rain began. The Dragons jumped out to an early 2–0 lead off a single from Taran Pergram, who scored when Grant Reigelsperger smacked a triple and then went on to score on Jake Savage’s single. But the Pirates’ response saw Aaron Sherwood lead off with a single, followed by the same from Nathan Miller and Jared Scarfpin. Isaiah Taylor then singled for 2 RBI, followed by Joey Plumer’s base hit score. Lucas Hudson-Groves earned a game ball with his infield sacrifice that netted his first ever RBI. Jasmine Davison led off the Pirate’s third inning with a single, followed by a double from Sherwood, who later scored off Scarfpin’s second single of the game.

Tickets are now available for the annual Minor League Dayton Dragons outing, scheduled for July 24. Tickets can be purchased for $7 each by contacting Tim or Jennifer Sherwood at 767-8702 or by reservation on the league Web site,


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