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Brewers season champs in Minors

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By Derek Barker

Yellow Springs Youth Baseball regular season wrapped up this week for the Minors division with the Nipper’s Corner Brewers finishing as the regular season champion. On Monday, July 19, the Trail Tavern Dodgers defeated the Posterior Chain Reds, 11–1. The Dodgers scored six in the second inning to take an 8–0 lead, and their defense kept the Reds off the board through four innings. The Dodgers offense featured a balanced attack with 11 different players each driving in a run. Evan Botkin drove in the lone run for the Reds.

On Wednesday, July 21, the Trail Tavern Dodgers continued their hot streak to defeat Nipper’sBrewers season champs in Minors Corner Brewers, 13-10. The Dodgers got out to a 4–0 lead in the top of the first inning on a single by Bey Warvel. The Brewers answered in the bottom of the inning as a single by Luther Hallett made the score 5–4. The Brewers added to their lead in the second, but a single by Henry Campbell brought the Dodgers to within 8–6 in the third inning, and they pulled ahead 9–8 in the fourth on a groundout by Christian Reeves scoring Grayson Smock. With a four-run lead in the fifth, the Dodgers’ defense held on for the win, including a nice catch by shortstop Allee Bayard.

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The Minors regular season concluded on Saturday, July 24, with a victory by the Nipper’s Corner Brewers in a rematch with the Trail Tavern Dodgers. This time, the Brewers got out to a 6–1 lead in the first inning and built a 15–4 lead through four. The Dodgers scored five runs in the top of the fifth, but the rally was not enough. Allee Bayard was three-for-three with four RBI for the Dodgers, while Zoi Bates was three-for-three with three RBI for the Brewers. The Dodgers’ loss dropped them to third place, a half game behind second place Posterior Chain Reds. Following the Minors’ postseason tournament, the championship game and annual picnic will be held on Saturday, July 31.

In the Intermediate division, no team is ever the same, and this week’s games featured several new faces, with players from the Minors joining the group to face live pitching for the first time. On Wednesday, July 22, the Sunrise Cafe Brewers won 12–4 over the Calypso Grill Reds. Maddy Murray started and pitched one-plus shutout innings as the Brewers built a 5–0 lead, and the Reds were unable to come back. Alex Main had three RBI and Eliot Shires drove in two for the Brewers. Evan Botkin was two-for-two and drove in a run for the Reds.

On Friday, July 24, the Sunrise Cafe Brewers defeated the Calypso Grill Reds, 17–16. The Reds led 16–10 through the top of the fourth, but the Brewers came through with seven runs in the bottom of the inning for the walk-off victory. Tanner Miller allowed only one run in a strong inning of relief to close the victory, and added three hits and seven RBI to power the offense. Sophia Purdin and Hubie Levinson drove in three runs each for the Reds.

In the Majors, on Monday, July 19, the Adoption Link Bluejays defeated the Tom’s Market Reds, 14–8. The Reds took a 7–3 lead after three innings behind strong pitching by Braden Derrickson, but the Bluejays outscored their opponent 11–1 over the final three innings. Caleb Derrickson and Trevor Roberts had three RBI each in the loss. Dylan Reed and Kian Rainey combined to allow only one run over four innings in relief. Aaron White and Theo Collins scored three runs each for the Bluejays.

On Thursday, July 22, the Peach’s Grill Padres maintained control of first place with a 19–3 win over the Adoption Link Bluejays. Mateo Basora and Lucas Price combined to pitch five strong innings for the Padres, and each had three hits and three RBI on offense. Oskar Dennis allowed five runs over three solid innings for the Bluejays to keep the game close, but the Padres broke open the game with eight runs in the fourth.

On Saturday, July 24, the Peach’s Grill Padres scored another victory, this time over the Tom’s Market Reds, 19–17. The Padres scored 11 runs in the first, but the Reds answered with eight in the second to keep the game close. The Reds tied the game on an RBI double by Austin Thomas in the top of the fourth, but the Padres answered with two in the bottom of the inning to clinch the win. Caleb Derrickson was three-for-three with six RBI for the Reds, and Orion Sage Frabotta pitched a solid inning in relief, allowing two runs and striking out two. Lucas Price pitched 2.2 solid innings, and David Torres had two hits and an RBI for the Padres.

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