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by Tim Sherwood

Twins still lead Majors

The Twins pushed their record to a perfect 3–0 to remain in first place in the Major League last week. The Royals also came on strong with a pair of wins over the Cardinals.

The Royals claimed their first win for the season on Wednesday, June 8, with an 11-hit, 16–2 victory over the Cardinals. Eight of nine Royal batters scored in the first inning. Brothers Nathan and Gage Miller each scored three runs and knocked in two others. Nathan Hardman scored twice and knocked in a run, while Adam Green, Conner Gravely-Novello, Joe Thorp, Jake Savage, Sam Crawford, Jaron Fox, Ahmad Wagner and Isaiah Taylor each added a run. Wagner saw his first start as pitcher and struck out five batters in three innings of play. The Cardinals’ two runs came in the second, when Fielding Lewis was knocked in by Liam Creighton, who stole a pair of bases and then scored off a Taran Pergram base hit.

The Twins earned their third win of the season 12–6 over the Cardinals on Saturday, June 13. Jared Scarfpin struck out seven batters from the mound and scored a pair of runs. Grant Reigelsperger, Liam Weigand and Kaner Butler each scored twice, while Eric Reimers, Edward Johnson, April Riddell and Aakeem Truss each added a run. The Cardinals mounted a comeback in the fourth, with runs from Evan Pace, Pergram and Creighton, plus another from Rodman Allen in the fifth. Pergram scored his second run in the sixth inning, when after stealing a pair of bases, he was knocked in by Brianna Ayres’ two-out base hit. Ian Chick then sent Ethan DeWine across the plate with an RBI for the Cardinals’ final run.

The Royals and Cardinals faced off in a rematch on Sunday, when the Royals had a 14–8 come-back victory. The Cardinals were leading 8–5 in the third inning, but the Royals responded in triple from Adam Green, who led the team with a triple, a double, a stolen base and three runs scored. Green again caught for starting pitcher Isaiah Taylor, who struck out seven, stole a pair of bases and scored two runs. Gage Miller went four-for-four and scored twice, while brothers Nathan and Jake Savage also each scored a pair. Aaron Sherwood, Conner Gravely-Novello and Devon Perry rounded out the Royals’ scoring with one run each. DeWine scored twice for the Cardinals, Pace smacked a home run, and Pergram, Theron Orme, William Evans, Chick and Fielding Lewis all scored once for the Cardinals. Defensively, Rodman Allen wowed the crowd with a bare-handed catch in short center field off the bat of Nathan Miller to end the fourth inning.

All games are played Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. and each Saturday and Sunday at 5 p.m. at the Major League field at Gaunt Park. Visit the Web site at http://www.leaguelineup.com/ysoyouthbb.

Indians undefeated in Minor League

The Indians remained undefeated to lead the Minor League after the second week of play last week. The team won its first game 13–6 against the Pirates on Monday, June 8. The Indians jumped out with eight runs in the first inning by Hayden and Evelyn Orme, David Walker, Jackson Bleything, Tristen Campbell, Raven Campbell-Knowles, Fisher Lewis and Tony Marinelli. The next inning, Marinelli hit his second home run of the season, while Brandon Pollock, Eric Romohr and Keldon Harker added runs of their own in the third. The Pirates stranded three runners in the second, but Gage Ward, Kylie Johnson and Lucas Hudson-Groves all scored earlier in the inning, while Anna Smith, Marya Weigand and Kylie Johnson each added a run in the third.

The Reds pushed their record to 2–1 with a powerful 13–0 shutout of the Dragons on Wednesday, June 10. James Fulton led all scorers by crossing the plate three times after smashing a pair of home runs and a double. Sawyer HaleWolf, Colton Hicks and Austin Turner-Smith all scored twice after as many base hits, with Travis Scarfpin, Amanda Perkins and Mason Lindsey each adding a run following their base hits. While the Dragons struggled offensively with only seven hits, rookie Noah Ernst proved he has what it takes to play catcher. The crowd went wild when, with the bases loaded, the seven-year-old (exactly as instructed by his coach) retrieved a short blooper hit just in front of the plate and immediately touched home to get the force out and prevent another run.

The Indians notched their second win of the week on Saturday morning, defeating the Reds 8–6 in a close, well played game for both teams. The Reds jumped out to a quick 6–0 lead in their half of the first with runs from Sulayman Chappelle, Cameron Haught, HaleWolf, Hicks, Jakob Woodburn, Jack Runyon and Dylan Rainey. But the Indians’ defense stiffened by stranding three others in the opening frame, and then didn’t give up another run the remainder of the game. The Indians’ Hayden Orme scored a pair off a double and a triple, while Fisher Lewis added two more after hitting a single and a double. Marinelli continued his streak by scoring a pair of runs, including his third home run of the young season, while Parker Bleything scored when batted in by Eric Romohr.

All games are played Saturday mornings, and Monday and Wednesday evenings, at the southeast corner of Gaunt Park. Visit the Web site http://www.leaguelineup.com/ysoyouthbb.


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