Tom’s Market Pirates grab early lead
- Published: June 21, 2018
The Minor League’s Tom’s Market Pirates jumped out to an early season one-game lead with a pair of wins in last week’s play and remain undefeated at 3–0. Their first win came Friday, June 15, with a 17–5 decision over the Nipper’s Corner Reds. The Reds fell behind 5–1 after the first inning and were never able to recover from the Pirates’ strong bats and defense. Adeline Zinger went 4–4 at the plate and scored three runs, while Tavey Johnson also went 4-4, scoring twice and knocking in four other runs. Orion Sage-Frabotta scored three runs and an RBI while David Torres finished with 4 RBIs and a pair of runs. Sameer Sajabi went 3–3, scored once, and knocked in a pair of RBIs for the Reds, with brother Nico and Henry Lake each scoring a run. Rookie Brendyn Sloan scored twice.
The Tom’s Market Pirates’ second win came in the first game on Saturday, June 16, with an 8–1 decision over the Sam and Eddie’s Open Books Braves. Both teams played great defense through the first three innings, with the Pirates only leading 1–0 after three and holding the Braves scoreless in the top of the fourth. The Pirate bats then exploded in the bottom of the fourth, adding all seven other runs off six base hits from David Torres, Bryce Fleming, Tyler Blair, Tanner Miller, Nylaiyah Miley and Sherrod Wheeler, along with a pair of doubles by Tavey Johnson and Nakaye Miley. Naima Jones managed a pair of singles for the Reds while Olivia Hasek scored their lone run off Gavin Schaad’s RBI base hit.
Saturday’s second game saw the Nipper’s Corner Reds dominate the Peach’s Dodgers 12–0 on 19 hits. Mateen Sajabi and Henry Lake got the offense started in the first inning with back to back triples. Lake finished the day with three RBIs and a pair of runs scored, while Sajabi racked up a pair of RBIs and scored three runs, including a fourth inning home run. Brother Sameer Sajabi scored twice and knocked in two, while Noah Diamond added a pair of RBIs off two base hits. Theo Collins and Emil Lazar led the Dodgers, by both going 2–2 while Saul Alvarez, Tiger Collins, Alex Main, Lucas Mikesell, Javin Obringer and Tomé Rios all contributed a base hit.
The Major League’s Adoption Link Braves hold a slim half-game margin in the standings after last week’s play. The Braves held off the Sunrise Café Indians 21–10 on Thursday, June 14. Both teams’ bats were hot from the start, with the Indians leading 8–7 after the first, but the Braves then held their opponents scoreless for the next two while adding eight more runs to go up 15–7 after three innings. They added six more runs in the fourth while giving up only a pair. Colin Linderman, Sam Miller and Noah VanHoose all went 3–3, with VanHoose knocking in three runs off as many hits, while Linderman’s four stolen bases off three hits resulted in three runs scored and a pair of RBIs. Miller finished the day with three runs scored off three hits that also drove in a pair of RBIs while Isaac Grushon scored three times and stole three bases. Both Justin Nash and Lily Rainey of the Indians went 2–2 and scored twice.
The Sunrise Café Indians bounced back on Saturday, June 16, by defeating the Yellow Springs Toy Company Pirates 11–1. The Indians dominated on defense, from the mound and at the plate, smashing out seven hits while allowing only one. Jake Ortiz-Thornton and Sophie Lawson both went 2–3 at the plate and scored twice, while Justin Nash went 2–2 and scored twice, including a three-run home run in the fourth. Lucas Dunn threw five strikeouts and gave up only one run and one hit before being relieved by Ortiz-Thornton who threw a pair of strikeouts and three walks but did not give up any hits or runs. The Pirates’ Violet Babb scored their only run after a walk, crossing the plate on Jayman Lange’s RBI double.
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