Raptors 18 – Express 7: Sluggers Charlie Gartner and Peter McComb helped the Raptors take a first-inning lead over the Express, which they never relinquished May 5. Ryan Barrett drove in two runs with a double in the third, coming around to score on a double by Nick Haddock.
Defensively, the Raptors kept the Express scoreless in the fourth with first baseman Alexander Savinski making the out at first and third baseman Aidan Freeman ending the game with his thrilling unassisted double play.
Muckdogs 7 – Mudcats 5: On Wednesday, May 7, the Muckdogs’ Craig Fischer made a terrific catch at third base to halt the Mudcats’ rally and end the game. Christian Farrace made a smooth play at first for an out earlier in the game and Mat Padgett and Nathan Sperry slammed several hits. For the Mudcats, Eric Martin made a great catch at third base to start the game with an out.
Pirates 7 – Marlins 5: On May 6, solid pitching by Gabe Terry, Liam Pitman and Casey Lauer held back the Marlins, leading the Pirates to victory. Gray Adcock of the Pirates contributed to the win by starting two double plays, one of which was unassisted. Casey Lauer belted a home run for the Pirates, and Christian Rhodes, Jessica Manning and Brock Taylor all made outstanding catches in the outfield to deny runs to the Marlins. For the Marlins, Michael Anderson had a great hit and Marsden Davis smacked an RBI double. Chris Beddow kept the game close with his strong pitching.
Mets 10 – Rangers 5: On May 6, the Rangers got off to a good start with Shaheed Chambers driving in the first run and Shane Doherty recording two strikeouts to end the first inning. In the second inning, Johnathon Hoyns made a great double play for the Mets, catching a fly ball at first base and throwing to third to double up the runner. Hoyns followed in the bottom of the inning with an RBI-triple to left. In the third inning, Steve Doherty tied it up for the Rangers, and Shane Doherty stole home to put the Rangers up, 3-2. However, the Mets’ defense was strong, with Alexa Tracy at second base making a swift out at first, and pitcher Nathaniel Scheinman snagging a grounder for the third out at first base. In the bottom of the third, Jackson Jost and Alexa Tracy each stole home, making the score 4-3 in favor of the Mets. In the fourth inning, Thomas Conroy tied it up for the Rangers, but Harry Slonim’s great defense prevented the Rangers from any more runs that inning. In the bottom of the fourth, the Mets’ Phil Koch singled in Nicholas Armour for the go-ahead run. The Rangers could not contain the Mets in the bottom of the fifth, as the Mets broke out with six runs, including an amazing hit by Andrew Connelly to the outfield. Johnny Peterson came in to close for the Mets in the sixth, getting two strikeouts, while Nathaniel Scheinman made a great catch at second base for the final out.
Cubs 9 – Red Sox 3: Ryan Leonard provided five innings of exceptional pitching and two key hits in the Cubs’ 9-3 victory over the Red Sox in the early Monday Night Majors game. Over the course of his pitching stint, Leonard walked only one batter, while striking out nine. Daniel Schlitt did a fine job in relief for the Cubs, striking out two batters in the Red Sox’ final at bat.
The Red Sox were led by Richard Marsh with three hits and Lucas Cherry with two, each hitting a solo home run to left-centerfield. The Cubs’ offensive attack was led by the bats of third baseman Ben Torpey, left fielder Will Iacobucci, second baseman David McAllister and catcher Vincent Kanyan. First baseman Austen Adcock made a number of key defensive stops at first base to highlight the Cubs’ solid defense in ending a number of Red Sox rallies.