Pirates, Orioles still lead
- Published: June 27, 2019
Rain continued to create challenges last week for local rec baseball teams, with the Minor and Major Leagues each postponing a pair of games.
The Minor League games on Saturday, June 22, went off as scheduled and saw the Nipper’s Corner Yankees get their first win with an 8–5 victory over the Peach’s Dodgers in the first contest. The Dodgers fired up the offense in the first inning, when Lucas Mikesell hit into a fielder’s choice that scored Alex Main from third. But the Yankees roared back for good in the top of the second, when Henry Lake’s grand slam home run to right also scored David Scott, Zander Breza and Aiden Gustafson. The Yankees added another run in the third off Kyu Flateau’s RBI single. Lake’s fourth inning base hit sent Breza and Gustafson across the plate, and Lake then scored on another Kyu Flateau RBI single to extend their lead to 8–1. A fourth inning Dodgers rally fell short, despite RBI singles from Lucas Mikesell, Malini Miller, Charlie Carr and Emil Lazar. Carr, Javin Obringer and Tome’ Rios each collected two hits to lead the Dodgers. The Yankees pounded out 19 hits, led by Henry Lake’s three hits and six RBIs, Gustafson going four-for-five, Sameer Sajabi’s three singles and a double and Flateau’s three base hits and two RBIs.
Saturday’s second game saw the Sam and Eddie’s Open Books Brewers dominate the Tom’s Market Pirates 14–5 and pull within a half game of the league leaders. Both teams scored a run in the first inning, with the Brewers adding another in the bottom of the second. The Pirates looked to be on their way to another victory after putting up three runs in the third off a Nakye Miley RBI triple to score Allee Bayard, Orion Sage-Frabottta’s RBI double to score Miley and then scoring on Tavy Johnson’s RBI single. But the Brewers exploded for six runs in the bottom of the inning, thanks to RBI singles from Joey Amend, Rocket Cowperthwaite, Logan Herzog, Lili Herzog, Henry Babb and a Theo Collins RBI double. After allowing just a single Pirate run in the top of the fourth, the Brewers tacked on six more on RBI base hits by Luc Amend, Cowperthwaite, Babb, Lili Herzog, Joey Amend and a Logan Herzog RBI ground out. Lili Herzog led the Brewers with four hits in as many plate appearances and three RBIs, followed by Joey Amend’s four hits and two RBIs. Nakye Miley led the Pirates with a three-for-three day and an RBI, while Sage-Frabotta added two doubles and two RBIs.
The Tom’s Market Pirates finished the week with a 4–1 record, still in first, but only by half a game over the Sam and Eddie’s Open Books Brewers at 3–1, followed by the Nipper’s Corner Yankees at 1–3 and the Peach’s Dodgers at 1–4.
The Major League schedule managed to also get in just a pair games last week, with the Sunrise Café Orioles holding off the Ye Olde Trail Tavern Cardinals 2–1 on Monday, June 17. Both teams were strong on the mound, but the Orioles pitchers allowed just three hits. Colin Linderman started the game for the Orioles, pitching three innings, allowing three hits and one run, while striking out nine. Hazen VanMeter was the winning pitcher for the Orioles, surrendering no runs or hits in his one inning of relief, striking out three and walking one. Clark took the loss for the Cardinals, allowing two runs on two hits and striking out four in three innings. Shawn VanHoose and Linderman all had one hit to lead the Sunrise Cafe’ Orioles, with Luka Sage-Frabotta going two-for-two at the plate to lead the Ye Old Trail Tavern Cardinals in hits.
The Adoption Link Dodgers then dominated the Sunrise Café Orioles 21–4 in a rain shortened game later in the week, on Thursday, June 20. Sam Miller started on the mound for the Dodgers, giving up two runs, five walks and striking out three. Mateo Basora came on in relief and gave up a pair of runs, two walks and struck out one. The Dodgers took control in the second inning, with eight runs scored and added another 11 in the third and final inning due to the weather. Sam Miller led the Dodgers’ offense with a four-for-four performance that included four base hits, three stolen bases and three RBIs. Basora and Isaac Grushon were close behind, with two singles each, then a triple and five RBIs for Basora and a double and two RBIs for Grushon. Tiger Collins and Violet Babb each added one hit and two RBIs. Shawn VanHoose had the Orioles’ only hit and an RBI.
The Sunrise Café Orioles, at 3–1, still lead in the standings, a half game up on the Adoption Link Dodgers at 2–1, and the Ye Olde Trail Tavern Cardinals are two-and-a-half games back at 0–3.
Minor League games are played Saturday mornings and Monday and Wednesday evenings, with Major League games on Monday, Thursday and Saturday evenings. See the league website at http://www.ysbaseball.org for the full schedule, updates, results and standings for both leagues.