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Dragons, Pirates tie in nail-biter

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The shortened holiday week and another late afternoon thunderstorm resulted in only a single minor league game completed last week, but it was probably the most exciting one of the season yet. The Vintage Truck Dragons and Tom’s Market Pirates squared off on Monday, June 30, and when the game ended, the two young teams had combined for a total of 54 hits and battled to an 18-18 tie, the season’s first. The Pirates took the early lead in the bottom of the first on Malcolm Blunt’s home run, and followed that up with five more to jump out to a 6–0 lead. But the Dragons answered with six runs of their own in the top of the second, then held the Pirates scoreless in their half of the inning resulting in a 6–6 tie after two. Each team then scored three runs in the third, leaving the game still tied at 9. The Dragons then added five runs in the fourth, only to see the Pirates respond with a six-run fourth to take a one-run lead, 15–14. 

So it all came down to the last inning, which the Dragons opened by adding four more runs, three of which came off a Gage Kostrzewa three RBI triple, scoring Kenji Housh, Liam McClean and Talis Onfroy-Curley, who had all previously singled. Kostrzewa then scored on Lucas Price’s base hit to put the Dragons up 18-15. The Pirates came to bat in the bottom of the fifth and last inning and picked up where they left off, with a Shawn VanHoose double knocking in brother Dyllon after his base hit, Jonas Bahn sending Shawn VanHoose across the plate on a base hit and then Bahn scoring on Scout Warren’s RBI to tie the game at 18. With two outs and two on, Malcom Blunt returned to the plate but popped up to end the inning and the game. 

Matt Duncan and Dyllon VanHoose led the Pirates, with a double and two singles, scoring three runs and three RBIs, while Dyllon VanHoose hit a pair of doubles, a single, scored three runs and knocked in one other. Jonas Bahn went three-for three with one run scored and four RBIs, while Blunt, Justin Nash, and Shawn and Noah VanHoose each added a pair of runs. Gage Kostrzewa and Lucas Price led the Dragons, each scoring three runs and four RBIs on four hits, with Onfroy-Curley close behind scoring three runs on four hits and a single RBI. Kenji Housh went three-for-four, scored twice and had one RBI, while Liam McClean, Tyson Housh, Zoe Hamilton, Christian Warren and Christian and Cameron Bruggeman all scored once.

The single major league game completed earlier this week was also a good one, with the Reds Team A narrowly defeating the Reds Team C 15-14 on Sunday, July 6. The Reds Team A jumped out to an early lead, scoring six runs in the first while holding their opponents scoreless. But team C roared back with three runs in the second and five more in the third to tie the game at 8–8 after three. But Team A’s bats lit up in the bottom of the fourth, scoring seven runs on five hits, including a lead-off home run by Christian Elam. Down 15–9 going into the fifth, the Reds Team C rallied to score five runs only to fall one short. Elam, DeAndre Cowen, Albert Glover, Dominick Fisher, Sean Adams and Dylan Rainey all scored twice for Team A, with Eli Schell, Vaughn Hendrickson and Eamonn Carey all scoring one run each. Eric Romohr led the Reds C team by going three-for-four at the plate and scoring four runs, with Clay Cooper and Tony Marinelli each scoring three runs. Elias Harris added one run for the Reds Team C, as did Jason Lansing, Aamil Wagner and Sam Lewis.

Minor League games are played Saturday mornings and Monday and Wednesday evenings at the Gaunt Park Minor League field, while Major league games are played Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings at the Major League field directly across from the Gaunt Park swimming pool. See the league website at for the season’s complete schedule and game results.


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