Bats blaze in Majors, Minors
- Published: July 5, 2018
The Tom’s Market Pirates lost their first game of the season in last week’s play and saw their lead over the Nipper’s Corner Reds fall to just half a game. The Pirates won their first game of the week, an 18–5 decision over the Sam and Eddie’s Open Books Braves on Monday, June 25. The Pirates took an early first inning lead off Tavey Johnson’s two RBI triples and a Tanner Miller RBI single to score Johnson, who finished the game with three RBIs and three runs. Orion Sage-Frabotta went 4–4 on the day, with a pair of RBIs and two runs scored while David Torres went 3–4 at the plate, finishing with three RBIs and a pair of runs. Lucas Price led the Braves with a 2–3 day at the plate, a pair of RBIs and a run scored.
The outcome was much different on Saturday, June 30, when the same two teams met again, with the Sam and Eddie’s Open Books Braves coming from behind for a 16–12 win, handing the Tom’s Market Pirates their first loss. The base paths were busy, with the Braves hammering out 25 hits and the Pirates finishing with 18. After multiple lead changes, the Braves were down 12–10 in the bottom of the fourth when Lili Herzog’s RBI single scored Luc Amend, followed by Owen Price’s two RBI single to score Henry Babb and Herzog to put the Braves up for good. Morty Levinson, Lucas and Owen Price, Henry Babb, Logan and Lili Herzog, Joey Amend, Jaida and Naima Jones and Olivia Hasek all collected multiple hits for the Braves. Orion Sage-Frabotta led the Pirates with three hits in as many at bats. Sherrod Wheeler, Tanner Miller, Bryce Fleming, Oskar Dennis and Nakaye and Nylaiyah Miley all had multiple hits for the Pirates.
The Nipper’s Corner Reds went 3–0 in play last week, starting with a 19–8 win over the Peach’s Dodgers on Wednesday, June 27. The Reds scored multiple runs in every inning, including five in both the second and third. The Reds bats struck for 31 hits, led by five from Henry Lake, and four each by Neirin Barker, Matt Drummond, Ella Fodal, Sameer Sajabi and Aiden Gustafson, who also finished with four RBIs. Saul Alvarez led the Dodgers with a 4–4 day at the plate and a pair of RBIs, with both Tiger Collins and Alex Main finishing with a 3–3 day at the plate for the Peach’s Dodgers.
The Nipper’s Corner Reds’ second win came on Thursday, June 28, when they topped the Sam and Eddie’s Open Books Braves 18–10. Henry Lake led the way, going 5–5 at the plate and scoring four runs, with Sameer Sajabi close behind with two runs off four hits in as many at bats. Neirin Barker scored three runs off four hits in five at bats. Henry Babb and Lili Herzog led the Braves, both going 3–3 at the plate.
While it was a close 7–6 win over a much improved Peach’s Dodgers team, Saturday’s first game marked the third victory of the week for the Nipper’s Corner Reds. Down 3–2 after two, the Reds took the lead for good with three runs in the third off Neirin Barker’s two-run RBI single followed by an RBI base hit from Matt Drummond. After a scoreless fourth, the Reds added a pair in the final inning, and held off a Dodgers rally of three final inning runs off a Tomé Rios RBI double and Javin Obringer’s two RBI base hit.
Meanwhile the Adoption Link Braves managed to hold on to a two-game lead in the Major League standings after finishing 2–1 last week. The Yellow Springs Toy Company Pirates are two games back after finishing last week with a 2–1 record. The Pirates opened the week by edging out the Sunrise Café Indians 12–11 on Monday, June 25. Pitching proved to be the Indians downfall, giving up 13 walks, including three to Derek Reed, who also doubled and scored four total runs. Jake Ortiz-Thornton led the Indians with a pair of hits and three runs scored.
Thursday evening’s game saw the Sunrise Café Indians and Adoption Link Braves battle to an 8–8 tie. The Indians led 5–3 after four and then added two more in the top of the fifth, but gave up five runs to the Braves in the bottom of the frame that put them up 8–7. After a base on balls, Isaiah Blair then scored the tying run in the top of the sixth on a passed ball. DéAndre Cowen went 2–2 for the day, scored once and had an RBI, with Sam Linden also going 2–2 and scoring once. Lucas Dunn, Justin Nash and Luka Sage-Frabotta all scored twice for the Indians.
The Yellow Springs Toy Company Pirates and Adoption Link Braves then split a pair of games to finish the week. The Pirates took the first game, 16–14 on Saturday, June 30. Despite only getting three hits, the Pirates’ aggressive base-running and 14 walks by Braves’ pitchers helped seal the win. After an eight run fourth inning and tacking on another pair in the top of the fifth, the Pirates led 16–9. But the Braves responded with a seven-run rally that fell just short despite Krishan Miller’s home run, DéAndre Cowen’s two RBI homer and Noah VanHoose’s RBI double. Derek Reed led the Pirates with four RBIs, along with a pair from J.P. Anderson and one by Dylan Reed.
It was a much different story when the same two teams met in the week’s final game where the Adoption Link Braves dominated the Yellow Springs Toy Company Pirates 14–1 on Sunday, July 1. Pirate pitchers DéAndre Cowen and Colin Linderman combined to give up only three hits and strike out eight while getting plenty of offensive support in 13 hits. Isaac Grushon and Sam Miller both went 2–3 at the plate and scored two runs, with Sam Linden scoring three times off a hit and a walk. Jaymon Lange scored the Pirates’ only run, while pitcher Derek Reed struck out seven batters.
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