Muckdogs 10 — Raptors 3: Nathan Sperry started the May 19 game off with a strong double, then with two outs and bases loaded, Miles Jackson came through with an RBI. A later rally by the Raptors was ended when Muckdogs’ pitcher Christian Farrace and catcher Lucian Walston combined on a smart play to force a runner out at home. Later, pitcher Mat Padgett made a great catch to end another surge by the Raptors.
Storm 4 — River Dogs 3: In a nail-biter, the Storm took the River Dogs down to the final strike of the game to hold on for a 4-3 victory. The Storm got things going in dramatic fashion in the first inning when Anthony Cantaino blasted a lead-off triple into right field, later scoring to give the Storm a 1-0 lead. The River Dogs then held the Storm with pitcher Jacob Plata throwing out two runners and striking out the third. In the bottom of the first, Dylan Galt ripped a two-run home run to give the River Dogs a 2-1 lead.
The River Dogs held the Storm in the second, with the Storm defense led by second baseman Jack Foster and first baseman Tommy Ritter returning the favor to close a scoreless inning. In the top of the fifth, the Storm took a two-run lead, only to have the River Dogs answer with another run in the bottom of the inning.
Having narrowed the Storm lead back to one, the River Dogs were thwarted in their effort to tie the game when Storm catcher Cantaino tagged out a River Dogs’ runner on an attempted steal of home. The River Dogs posted a valiant effort in the bottom of the sixth but were held scoreless by Noah Galvin, who threw out one runner at first, then struck out the final two batters to seal the win. In the game, Jacob Plata struck out six and Nick Lillis fanned four batters for the River Dogs. Storm pitcher Liam Strobel had an excellent game, striking out eight batters.
Cardinals 17 — Pirates 6: The Cardinals’ bats were hot, with 10 Cards accounting for 20 hits. Jake Deeley and Zachary Welch had four hits apiece, with Deeley hitting three singles and executing a beautifully-placed bunt, and Welch hitting three singles and a huge double in the third inning. Thomas Beddow added three RBI, and Brandt Cole, Mike Maggio and Annie Ferguson each contributed two RBI. Beddow also made a big contribution in the field, striking out three batters and adding two put-outs at first from the mound.
The Pirates rallied in the sixth inning, with several players getting hits, including Michael Behrens and Matthew Valley.
Cubs 5 — Mason District Pirates 1: Austen Adcock blasted a towering shot over the right field fence for his first home run of the season, making the score 2-0. Adcock also pitched four innings, allowing only four Pirates batters to reach base.
Southpaw Ryan Leonard came on in relief at the end of the fourth inning, pitching the remainder of the game, and striking out three in the sixth inning to seal the shutout. The Cubs’ defense was led by catcher Ben Torpey, second baseman Daniel Anderson, who made several great catches and third baseman Daniel Schlitt who made a strong throw to nail a Pirates’ runner at first. P.J. Kern and Jacob Eye contributed singles to the Cubs’ offense.
Nationals 16 — Red Sox 3: On May 19th the Nats’ Jesse Jones pitched four strong innings striking out nine Red Sox, leading his team to a 16-3 win. Daniel Butler came on in relief to close out the game, pitching two scoreless innings while striking out two. Devon Johnson led the Nats offense, with four hits in four at-bats, driving in three and scoring two runs. Sam Selby went 3-for-3 for the Sox, with an RBI and run scored. It was a tightly contested game through four innings, but the Nats broke it open in the fifth, scoring seven runs and adding another eight in the sixth inning.
Nationals 5 — Yankees 4: Ethan Anderson pitched four and two-thirds innings, holding the Yankees to four runs on two hits, while Daniel Butler closed out the Nats by striking out four of the last five batters. The Nationals scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning when Butler’s two-out single with the bases loaded scored Noah Anderson from third base to win the game. Noah battled from an 0-2 count to eventually walk after an eight-pitch at bat. For the Yankees, Jon Strader pitched four innings, holding off the Nationals’ bats and allowing only one run.
A’s 16 — Red Sox 15: On May 21, Maggie Goldsmith ripped a single down the leftfield line to bring in the winning run for the A’s, ending a see-saw battle between two teams who simply refused to give up. Down two going into the sixth, the Sox staged a dramatic rally, fueled by solo home runs by Lucas Cherry and Richard Marsh. Then, down to their last out, the Sox added a run on a wild pitch and, after a sharp single by Jackson DuBro — his third of the night — on a two-RBI single from Stevie Lethbridge. But the A’s were not to be denied, bouncing back by combining hits with some shaky fielding by the Sox to bring up Goldsmith with the bases loaded. With die-hard fans bundled up on a cold, windy night, Maggie decided it was time for everyone to go home, promptly lining the game winning hit. Patrick got the A’s going early in the game with a three-run home run to left center field in the first inning.