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By Tim Sherwood

Twins lead the Major League

Since Major League play finally got under way on June 16, the Twins have taken the lead at 4–0, with the Athletics and Royals tied for second, each at 1–3.

On June 16, the Athletics won a 7–6 extra inning game over the Royals. The Royals’ Eric Lawhorn started off the scoring, knocking in Nathan Hardman and Adam Green, both of whom were walked by A’s starting pitcher Isaiah Taylor. The A’s got on the board in the third when Taylor’s triple knocked in both Liam Creighton and Fielding Lewis, with Taylor then scoring on a base hit by Creighton. The Royals responded with a pair of runs in the third off Ahmad Wagner’s 2 RBI double. With the Royals up 6–3 after four innings, the A’s rallied with two outs when rookie Jonathan Elam doubled, followed by walks to Devon Perry and Sherwood to load the bases. All three scored to tie the game and force the extra inning. Devon Perry came on to pitch for the A’s and struck out three of four batters, and the A’s capped off the final frame by bringing in Ian Chick, whose hard-hit double sent Lewis home to score the game-winning run.

The A’s had a much more difficult time on Saturday, June 19, falling to the Twins 8–3. Twins starting pitcher Jared Scarfpin shut down the A’s, striking out eight of their first 10 batters. Offensively, the Twins scored three times in the second when Joe Thorpe, Colton Hicks and Andrew Clark all crossed the plate. The Twins added their other five runs in the fourth, led by Aaron Harshaw’s grand slam homerun that knocked in Hicks, Liam Weigand and Jonathan Clark. The A’s tried to rally again late when Aaron Sherwood, Liam Creighton and Fielding Lewis all scored, two of those again coming off an Ian Chick double. But the Twins’ defense held and resulted in their first win of the young season.

Sunday, June 20, saw a rematch of the season opener, but this time the Royals prevailed 5–4. Scores by Nathan Miller in the first and second after a walk and a double, along with those added by Adam Green and Weymar Osborne, gave the Royals a 4–0 lead after two. The A’s Liam Creighton and Fielding Lewis both hit singles in the third and scored on a double by Isaiah Taylor and Theron Orme’s base hit. But the Royals Eric Lawhorn scored what turned out to be the winning run in the fourth after he doubled and was knocked in by Ahmad Wagner’s base hit.

The Twins won their second game on Wednesday, June 23, with a 5–3 defeat of the Royals. Ahmad Wagner and Adam Green each scored in the second to give the Royals an early lead. But the Twins responded with four runs of their own in the second off the bats of Bryce White, Evan Pace, Kaner Butler and Cameron Haught. The same two teams were scheduled to meet again last weekend, but the Royals forfeited, giving the Twins their third win.

The Twins remain undefeated after downing the Athletics 10–7 on Sunday, June 27.

Major League games are played at 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays and at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. See http://www.leaguelineup.com/ysoyouthbb for more details.

Indians undefeated in Minors

At the end of the Minor League’s third week of play, the Indians remained undefeated at 5–0 at the top of the league standings. After taking their third win in week two, 7–3 over the Pirates on Saturday, June 19, the Indians went on to win twice more last week. First, they defeated the Reds 10–5 on Wednesday, June 23. Hayden Orme, Tristan Campbell and Fisher Lewis all scored twice, which included home runs by Lewis and Tony Marinelli, a double and a triple by Orme and a pair of base hits by Campbell. Meanwhile, the Reds spread out their scoring, with Dylan Rainey, Mason Lindsey and Travis Scarfpin scoring after each hitting a double, while Lucas Hudson-Groves and Jack Runyon scored following their base hits.

The Indians took their second game of the week on Saturday, June 26, in a 10–6 win over the Dragons. Parker Bleything hit a double and two singles and scored three times. Jackson Burmester also scored three runs after as many base hits. Eric Romohr hit a single, double and a triple and scored twice while sister Krista Romohr singled twice and scored twice. Colton Bittner led the Dragons, scoring with two runs after hitting a single and a double. Sean Adams doubled and scored a run while Eamonn Cary, Isaiah Crawford and Walker Mills all scored once following their base hits.

Earlier in the week on Monday, June 21, the second place Reds downed the Pirates 16–7. Sulayman Chappelle, Dylan Rainey, Jack Runyon and Will Claggett-Midtbo all scored twice. Almost every other Reds player added one run in the victory, including Victoria Osborne, Mason Lindsey, Ethan Perkins, Travis Scarfpin, Eli Schell, Stephen Kaiser-Parlette and brothers Yukim and Yukaiya Nomoto. Caden Johnson led the Pirates’ scoring with a pair of runs, while Gage Ward, Jason Lansing, Jesse Linkhart, Drevin Roberts and Grace Wilson all added one run each.

The same two teams met again on Saturday, June 26, with the Reds taking the rematch 13–3. The Reds jumped out to an early six-run lead in the first, while adding one more in the second and seven in the third. Will Claggett-Midtbo, Dylan Rainey, Jack Runyon, Travis Scarfpin and Jacob Woodburn each scored twice. Christian Elam added one run, as did Stephen Kaiser-Parlette, and siblings Ethan and Amanda Perkins. The Pirates managed to get on the board in the third with their only three runs, which came after base hits by Clay Cooper, Caden Johnson and Aiden Cooney.

Minor League games are played at 7 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday evenings and at 10 a.m. on Saturday mornings. The full schedule and results can be found at http://www.leaguelineup.com/ysoyouthbb .�


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