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Pirates take the lead in Minor League

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The Tom’s Market Pirates have jumped out to an early season lead in the local Minor League after the first full week of play.  The Pirates picked up their second win of the season with a decisive 14–1 win over the Nipper’s Corner Yankees on Monday, June 3. The Pirates took an early lead in the first on an RBI single by Nakye Miley to score David Torres, and an RBI double by Tavey Johnson that sent Miley and Sherrod Wheeler across the plate. The Pirates went on to add six runs in the third, thanks to singles by Orion Sage-Frabotta, Tanner Miller and Ainsley Johnson, and doubles by Miley and Sherrod Wheeler. The Pirates tallied 21 total hits in the game and ended the week undefeated at 2–0. The Yankees finished the day with six hits. Neirin Barker and Vincent Machi each had two hits to lead the team, which finished the week at 0–2.

It came down to the wire, with the Peach’s Dodgers taking a 13–12 victory on a dramatic walk-off single in the final inning to seal their first win of the young season over the Sam and Eddie’s Open Books Brewers on Wednesday, June 5. The Brewers got their offense started in the first inning with three runs scored, and then added six more in the third off singles by Hubie Levinson, Logan Herzog, Theo Collins and Lili Herzog. They added one more in the fourth and scored twice in the top of the final inning to take a 12–9 lead. But the Dodgers roared back in their last at bat when Emil Lazar and Tomé Rios both singled and then scored on Henry Carr’s two-RBI base hit, narrowing the Brewer’s lead to just one. A Saul Alvarez RBI single scored Henry Carr to tie the game, followed by Ben Morris’ double to advance Alvarez to third. Alex Main then singled on a 0–2 count to send Saul Alvarez across the plate for the winning run and put the team at 1–1 on the season, tied for second with the Sam and Eddie’s Open Books Brewers. Lili Herzog led the Brewers with four base hits in as many at bats, two runs scored and three RBIs. Collins, Rocket Cowperthwaite and Logan Herzog all collected multiple hits and knocked in two runs each as part of the team’s 22 total hits on the day.

The Major League opened play on Monday, June 3 with a Sunrise Café Orioles 10–4 win over the Ye Old Trail Tavern Cardinals. The Orioles took an early first inning lead on a single by Colin Linderman, a triple by Shawn VanHoose and a groundout by Sam Linden. Hazen VanMeter earned the win for the Orioles, surrendering three runs on four hits over three innings, striking out five. Linderman threw three innings in relief out of the bullpen. VanHoose went two-for–three at the plate and led in hits for the Orioles, who tore up the base paths, as five players stole at least two bases each. Linderman led the way with three. Frank Machi took the loss for the Cardinals, throwing two and two-thirds innings, allowing five hits and six runs while striking out three. Luka Sage-Frabotta led the Cardinals with two hits in two at bats, including a double and a triple. The Ye Olde Trail Tavern Cardinals stole 17 bases during the game, as six players stole more than one. Machi led the way with four.

The Sunrise Café Orioles pushed their early season record to 2–0 with an 18–5 win over the Adoption Link Dodgers on Thursday, June 6. The Dodgers fell behind early, giving up five first inning runs to the Orioles, who scored on walks to Hazen VanMeter and Sam Linden, a stolen base by Colin Linderman and a two RBI single by Azel Schindel. Sub Luka Sage-Frabotta added an inside-the-park home run to open the second, followed later by a two RBI Sam Linden ground-out that scored Dylan Reed and Linderman, but turned into a double play to end the inning, when VanMeter was thrown out while trying to score. The Orioles added 10 more runs in the fourth, led by RBIs from Linden, Schindel, Noah Diamond, Sage-Frabotta, Oskar Dennis and Linderman. Sage-Frabotta went four-for-four at the plate to lead the team in hits, while Linderman had four of the team’s 12 stolen bases. Dennis took the win for the Orioles on the mound, pitching three innings, allowing four runs on three hits with six strike outs. The Adoption Link Dodgers scored three in the third, when William Morris stole home on a passed ball, J.P Anderson’s RBI single scored Violet Babb and a Tiger Collins RBI single that scored Isaac Grushon.

The Dodgers bounced back in their final game of the week, with an 18–5 victory over the Ye Olde Trail Tavern Cardinals on Saturday, June 8th.  J.P. Anderson was an RBI machine, driving in five runs off a first inning triple, a second inning double and a walk in the fifth. The Cardinals took an early first inning lead with five runs, but the Dodgers took the lead for good in the second on steals of home by Mateo Basora and Violet Babb, Anderson’s RBI triple and then crossing the plate on a passed ball. The Dodgers added another four runs in the fifth, with RBIs from Anderson and Tiger Collins. Mateo Basora led the Dodgers on the mound, allowing six runs off six hits and striking out six in three innings, with Jake Ortiz-Thornton also striking out six and allowing two runs in relief. The Ye Old Trail Tavern Cardinals finished the day with seven hits, led by William Morris with a three-for-three day and seven of the team’s 20 stolen bases. Cal Freeman had a pair of singles and an RBI. Josh Clark opened on the mound, giving up seven runs on four hits, walks and strike outs. 

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 for the full schedule, updates, results and standings for both leagues.


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