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Major League Baseball—Pirates jump to early lead

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The clouds parted and rain stopped long enough for a beautiful opening day to the 2019 Minor League rec baseball season on Saturday, June 1. The defending champion Tom’s Market Pirates picked up where they left off, jumping out into an early lead in a win over the Peach’s Dodgers 7-3 in the season opener.

The Pirates’ Sherrod Wheeler and Nakye Miley scored on a first inning single by Orion Sage-Frabotta, who then scored on Bryce Fleming’s ground out RBI, followed by Ainsley Johnson’s base hit to score her sister Tavey. Frabotta, the Johnson sisters and Nakye Miley each racked up two hits to lead the team, with Frabotta knocking in a total three runs for the day. 

The Dodgers were led by Ezra Lydy’s 3–3 day at the plate resulting in a pair of singles, a double and two runs scored. Tomé Rios went 2–3 with a base hit, a double, one run scored and two RBIs. Emil Lazar hit a pair of singles and one RBI in his two plate appearances. The Tom’s Market Pirates allowed nine hits and three runs, while the Peach’s Dodgers surrendered seven runs on 13 hits.

Saturday’s second game saw the Sam and Eddie’s Open Books Brewers run off with the lead late in the game, in a 13–11 victory over Nipper’s Corner Yankees. The Yankees fired up the offense in the first inning, when Sameer Sajabi doubled on a 0-2 count, scoring rookie Zander Breza. The Yankees added five more in the third inning, thanks to RBIs from Breza, Henry Lake, Ella Fodall, Nico Sajabi and Aiden Gustafson. 

The game was tied at eight in the bottom of the fourth, with the Brewers batting, when Aaron White singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring Henry Babb after his base hit. The Brewers built a five-run lead in the fourth inning off other singles from siblings Logan and Lili Herzog, Theo Collins, Noah Horn and Jaida Johnson, with Naima Johnson adding an RBI double. 

The Yankees made a late charge, scoring three runs in the comeback attempt on a two RBI triple by Sameer Sajabi, who then scored on Ella Fodal’s groundout. The Sam and Eddie’s Open Books Brewers allowed 17 hits and 11, runs while the Nipper’s Corner Yankees surrendered 13 runs on 20 hits.

Minor League games are played Saturday mornings and Monday and Wednesday evenings. The Major League season began on Monday, June 3 with games also on Thursday and Saturday evenings. Note there will be no Minor League games on Saturday, June 8, due to Street Fair. See the league website at for results, standings and any schedule updates for both leagues.


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