Minor, Major league bats blaze on
- Published: July 6, 2017
Another week of frequent rains again limited play in the recreational Minor and Major Leagues last week. Only a pair of Minor League games were completed with just a single Major League game played.
The Minor League’s Tom’s Market Pirates opened the week on Monday, June 26, with an 8-4 win over the Sam and Eddie’s Open Books Orioles. Cal Freeman’s first inning RBI double scoring Frank Machi gave the Orioles an early 1–0 lead that lasted until Derek Reed homered in the bottom of the inning to tie the game at 1–1. The Pirates then took the lead for good by adding another pair of runs in the bottom of the second when Teddy Horvath’s RBI single plated brother Jack and Hazen VanMeter’s RBI single scored Bryce Fleming. The Pirates scoring continued in the bottom of the third when Derek Reed scored off an RBI single from brother Dylan, who then scored off a David Torres RBI single to put the Pirates up 5–1. But the Orioles came roaring back to within one, scoring three runs in the top of the fourth starting with a Kellen Scott RBI double to score Orion Sage-Frabotta. Neirin Barker’s RBI groundout scored Cal Freeman followed by Sameer Sajabi’s RBI base hit to score Scott. The Pirates responded with three more runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth when Derek Reed’s center field pop fly RBI scored Teddy Horvath. Hazen VanMeter and Derek Reed then scored on Dylan Reed’s two RBI line drive to center. The Tom’s Market Pirates defense then held the Sam and Eddie’s Open Books Orioles scoreless in the top of the last inning to seal the win.
The Peach’s Dodgers extended their league leading record to 6–0 with an overpowering 30-4 win over the Nipper’s Corner Red Sox on Wednesday, June 28. The Dodgers pounded out 41 hits in the game and scored 16 runs in the final inning. Dodgers Kian Rainey, Quinn Creighton Braylon Williamson, Malik Royalston, Otto Cipollini, Joslyn Herring, Olivia Hasek, Xavier Pauling and Ethan Hammonds all collected multiple hits. Cipollini and Creighton both homered in the final inning for the Peach’s Dodgers. But the Red Sox never gave up, smashing 15 hits of their own but into a tough Dodger’s defense. Siblings Henry and Violet Babb and Henry Lake all collected multiple hits for the Nipper’s Corner Red Sox, with Lake going three-for-three at the plate to lead the team.
The Tom’s Market Pirates remain in second place with a 4–2 record followed by the Sam and Eddie’s Open Books Orioles and Nipper’s Corner Red Sox, both at 2–6.
The Major League Yellow Springs Chiropractic Dodgers won their only game of the week with a 12–7 victory over the Sunrise Café Indians. The Dodgers claimed an early lead with 8 runs scored in the first two innings while holding the Indians to only a single first inning run. The Dodgers added two more runs in both the fourth and fifth innings. Noah VanHoose led the Dodgers with a 3–4 day at the plate, scoring two runs, knocking in four others and stealing one base. He also pitched two-and-a-third innings, striking out 4 of 11 batters. Lucas Dunn notched the win for the Dodgers with three strikeouts, while going 1–2 at the plate and stealing four bases. The Indians scored once in the first, and third, putting up two runs in the fourth and rallying for three more in the fifth when Luka Sage-Frabotta, Brady Baker and Lily Rainey all crossed the plate. Finn Bledsoe led the way with a pair of stolen bases and by going two-for-three at the plate which resulted in three RBIs and one run scored.
Due to losing several players to vacations and other reasons, the remaining Winds Café Reds players have been assigned to the Yellow Springs Chiropractic Dodgers and the Sunrise Café Indians for the season’s remaining games.
Major League games are played Monday and Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. and Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. in Gaunt Park. Minor League games are also played in Gaunt Park Monday and Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. and Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. Full schedules, latest scores and other information are available at the league website at http://www.ysbaseball.org.