Red Wings v. Bulls — One team arrived at the field June 1st undefeated and the other showed up undermanned. But for three innings it wasn’t clear which team was which as the Bulls, minus three key players, took everything the unbeaten Red Wings could throw at them and delivered some devastating blows of their own. In the second inning, the Bulls tagged out two Red Wings as they slid into home. In the third inning, the Bulls’ David “Big Papi” Miller retired three Red Wings at first base. Red Wings shortstop Connor Freeman then returned the favor with an unassisted double play, as the third inning ended with the Red Wings ahead 5-3. It was then that the Red Wings’ bats came alive, delivering five runs in the fourth, a feat that the Bulls were unable to match. At the end of tough game, the Red Wings escaped, battered but still undefeated, with the 10-3 win.
Ironbirds v. Red Wings — Ironbirds third baseman Christian Williams didn’t like what he saw when the Red Wings opened the May 30th contest by loading up the bases with their first three batters, so he took matters into his own hands, performing an unassisted triple play that sent the Red Wings back to the dugout with no runs scored. But in a game where the Red Wings came up to bat 28 times and got 27 hits, the Ironbirds were unable to capitalize on that first inning shutout and fell after four innings to the undefeated Red Wings, 15-8. The Red Wings matched their strongest offensive performance of the year with key defensive plays at shortstop by Paul Pacheco and at third base by Shelby Hall.
Storm vs. Sand Gnats — On Thursday, May 31, the Storm beat the Sand Gnats 9-8 in five exciting innings. Storm pitchers Samuel Phelan and Alex Lesser each struck out four batters. Liam Strobel hit a triple and Thomas Conroy got a key hit. Eddie Donnellan got a hit and made a key catch in the Storm’s seventh win. For the Sand Gnats, Elliot Mercado hit a grand slam and a two-run home run. Douglas Bossart hit a triple and struck out a batter.
Sand Gnats vs. Aquasox — On Saturday, June 2, the Sand Gnats defeated the Aquasox 16-5. Sand Gnat pitcher Elliot Mercado struck out seven and got two hits. Jackson Jost and Douglas Bossart hit triples, Carter May added three hits, and Christopher Comstock came through with a key hit. For the Aquasox, Dean Kern struck out four batters over three solid innings. Tatum Andres, Mark Gianopoulos and Liam Pittman got key hits.
Lugnuts v. Storm — The Lugnuts concluded the regular season with two close games, finishing with a record of 11-1. Because the Lugnuts won both the first and second halves of the season, they earned the regular season championship outright. On Saturday June 2, the Lugnuts prevailed 6-3 over the Storm in a classic pitchers’ duel. Strong pitching from the Storm held the Lugnuts to six runs, well below their 11 run-per-game season average. Lugnuts Davis Hagigh, Matt Nicholson and Nick Lillis each contributed two hits, and Christopher Markus put the game out of reach in the fifth inning, blasting a double to deep left-center field with runners on second and third to knock in two runs. Lugnuts’ pitchers Aiden Christopher and Michael Maggio combined for 12 strikeouts.
Lugnuts v. Sidewinders – On Thursday May 31, the Lugnuts prevailed 10-2 over the Sidewinders in a game much closer than reflected by the score. Grant Goodwin’s pitching was key, as he held the Sidewinders scoreless, striking out nine batters in three innings. For the Sidewinders, George Castillo had a strong game, pitching three innings and scoring two runs.
Marlins v. Mets — The Marlins battled the Mets to an 8-5 win on Tuesday, May 29. The game was kept close for four innings thanks to outstanding pitching from the Mets’ Chris Meador and the Marlins’ Daniel Schlitt. Schlitt had nine strikeouts for the evening. The Marlins were also assisted by catcher Johnny Peterson, who controlled the Mets’ base running and batted strongly against Meador.
Cardinals v. Pirates – on May 29 the Cardinals defeated the Pirates 10-9. The Cardinals jumped out to an early lead led by a double by Jamie Handley. The Pirates fought back in the fourth inning, with great hits from Jack Laudano, George DeMars and Brock Taylor to take the lead. In the fifth, the Cardinals’ Jake Deeley dropped a single into center to score two runs and wrestle the lead back from the Pirates. Then in the sixth inning, with no outs and Pirates in scoring position at second and third, Cardinals’ pitcher Logan Nesson came in, striking out three batters to get the save and close out the win.
Cardinals v. Marlins – The Cardinals closed out a successful week with a 10-6 win over the Marlins on Saturday, June 2. Strong pitching and defensive plays by Cardinals’ pitcher Jamie Handley held the Marlins to two runs, while Cardinals hitters Austin Clarke, Jamie Handley, Daniel Donovan, and Shane Doherty helped drive in nine runs. The Marlins started to rally in the third, led by a double to center field by Jonathon Hoyns, but the Cardinals defense, led by Austin Clark’s two outs in right field, held off the Marlins and secured the win.
A’s v. Cubs — The A’s have been counting on their power-hitting veterans to slug home runs, but in a Memorial Day matchup against the Cubs, it was the rookies who carried the day. Patrick Evans had two hits and a sacrifice fly, Brian Fisher ripped a triple, and Maggie Goldsmith came back from an early-game beaning to slam two hits as the A’s prevailed, 12-5. Goldsmith also helped from the mound, entering in the first with three runs in and no outs and slamming the door on a Cubs rally. Clint Rock took over from there, striking out 10 and allowing the A’s to coast home. Alex Kryvoruka had a home run and a double for the Cubs, and Danny Leonard added two hits.
Orioles v. Yankees — The Orioles topped the Yankees 5-3 in a Memorial Day clash of Falls Church Kiwanis Little League Majors teams. The two teams entered the game with identical 4-0 records and tied for the second half lead. Orioles’ pitchers Tyler Waters and Mitch MacKeith combined to hold the Yankees to three runs on six hits during the game. MacKeith struck out 11 and Waters struck out one.
Yankees starter John Todd pitched five strong innings, giving up four runs on three hits while striking out seven. The Orioles were aided by timely hitting. Conor Boyle singled home the Orioles’ first run in the second after Michael Barnes reached base on a walk. Then in the Orioles’ half of the third Scott Connuck received a walk and scored on a double by Vijay Menon. After a walk to MacKeith, Waters doubled to drive in both runners. MacKeith gave the Orioles breathing room with a solo home run in the fifth.
Hayden Hall led the Yankees with two hits including an RBI double. Liam Glennon contributed an RBI double in the first, scoring Mark Hilliard who had lead off the game with a single.
Orioles v. A’s – Orioles’ pitcher Mitch MacKeith notched 15 strikeouts in a 4-3
complete game victory over the Athletics on Saturday, June 2. The Orioles were held to two hits in the game by a combination of A’s pitchers, including four innings and ten strikeouts recorded by Clint Rock. The big blow for the Orioles was struck in the third when MacKeith hit a three-run homer after Vijay Menon and Conor Boyle had reached on walks. The deciding run scored in the top of the sixth when MacKeith lead off with a single and Tyler Waters walked. MacKeith moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Michael Barnes ground ball to second.
The Athletics tallied five hits including a double and a triple by Alec Daniele who scored two of the A’s runs. Michael Evans, Maggie Goldsmith and Rock each singled with Rock scoring the other A’s run.
Nationals v. Red Sox — In another Memorial Day thriller, the Nationals scratched out a close win against the Red Sox. Ethan Anderson pitched a complete game, allowing only six hits and no walks over six innings. He helped his cause at the plate as well, going 2-for-3 and batting in the winning run. Dalton Taylor of the Nationals went 2-for-2 at the plate and made two “Web Gem” catches on balls hit deep to his territory in center field. Daniel Butler hit a single to right and scored the winning run in the bottom of the sixth.
For the Red Sox, Richard Marsh and Frankie Hall each pitched three strong innings. Marsh went 2-for-3 at the plate and scored one of the Red Sox runs. Stevie Lethbridge collected a hit and scored the other Red Sox run.
Yankees v. Mason District Red Sox — On Saturday June 2, the Yankees unleashed a fierce hitting attack on the Mason District Red Sox for a lopsided victory. The top of the first inning was a poor indicator of the game’s outcome as Mason District, facing Liam Glennon on the mound, jumped out to a 3-0 lead. The Sox collected three hits, including a home run, while the Yankees’ J.P. DeFranco made two stunning plays at second base, including a diving catch. The momentum shifted to the Yankees in the bottom of the first as Mark Hilliard singled and Glennon reversed his fortunes with a shot deep over the left field fence for his second homer of the year. With two outs, Clay Koch and Hayden Hall reached on singles, both scoring on a single by Alex McMillen. Jordan Cole also singled before the side was retired with the Yankees leading, 4-3. The Sox tied it up again in the top of the second with a couple of well-placed singles just over the infield.
The Yankees scored 11 runs in the third inning on ten hits and two walks. Koch, Hall, McMillen, Jordan Cole, and DeFranco singled, Hilliard and Jon Strader walked, and Liam Glennon doubled on the first time through the line-up. As the Yankee batted around, Koch and Hall doubled and McMillen singled, setting the stage for T.D. Cline, who came in as a pinch hitter. Cline strode to the plate and sent a high fly over the left center fence for his second home run of the year. Jon Strader came in for a couple of strong innings of relief in the fourth and fifth innings and Hayden Hall closed out in the sixth inning to hold the Sox scoreless for the remainder of the game
Red Sox v. Mason District Nationals — Faced with a 7-2 deficit against inter-league rivals from Mason District, the Red Sox rallied to tie the game in the fifth inning, setting up a dramatic finish. After a lead-off single by Richard Marsh in the bottom of the sixth, Frankie Hall crushed a walk-off triple against the fence, Marsh from first and handing the Sox an 8-7 victory. Unable to break through against the Nationals’ starting pitcher, the Sox finally got things moving in the fifth. Key hits were delivered by Lucas Cherry, Drew Spera and Stevie Lethbridge, who also initiated a key double play from second base earlier in the game. Relying on his blazing fastball, Sox starting pitcher Marsh delivered another strong pitching performance. With the Nationals looking for any opening they could find in the top half of the sixth, Hall came into put out the fire, retiring the Nats on seven pitches.