Falls Church Kiwanis Little League Weekly Update : As of May 1, 2011
LEAGUE STANDINGS AS OF MAY 1, 2011
MAJORS (ages 10-12) W-L
Red Sox: 3-2
AAA (9-11) W-L
AA (8-10) W-L
Sand Gnats: 1-1
Blue Claws: 0-3
A (7-9) W-L-T
Muck Dogs: 1-2-1
SELECTED GAME SUMMARIES:
On Saturday, 4/30 the Majors Red Sox defeated the A’s 9-0. Red Sox pitcher Zach Lang allowed only 1 hit for the complete game victory. He also went 2-3 with 2 RBIs at the plate. Red Sox batter Michael Giannelli had a hit and 4 stolen bases. A’s pitcher Elliot Roberts came in for 2 innings of scoreless relief. Zach Welch had the A’s only hit.
The Cubs and Yankees battled it out Saturday as the Cubs came from six runs down in the bottom off the sixth to walk away with the 12-11 win. The Yankees built up big leads behind the hitting of Jack Rasmussen, Jack Fletchall, and Brendan Dudding. However, the Cubs hung tough with big defensive plays by Noah Sedmak in left field and Biruk Teshome at shortstop. Ben Manon in his majors pitching debut managed to put a lid on the Yankees. Thomas Beddow led the Cubs charge going 4 for 4 at the plate, with Christian “C.W.” Williams and Max Miller providing clutch hits. Williams charged home on a wild pitch to end the game and allow the Cubs to escape with the victory.
On Wednesday, 4/27, the league-leading Majors Orioles defeated the third-place Red Sox 14-3. The Orioles were powered by the strong hitting and pitching of Robert Guenther, Jake Abruzzi, and Christopher Beddow, who each had two hits at the plate (including a home run for Jake Abruzzi) and together only allowed six hits from the mound. Thomas Dean of the Red Sox pitched two innings of scoreless relief and his teammates Brett Kelley, Mournir Laassili, and Henry Middlebrook each had two hits.
The Nationals faced the Cubs in a game that featured strong defense against powerful hitting. Grinden Collins pitched 4 innings with 5 strikeouts, 2 hits, and 1 walk for the Nats. Casey Lauer was a big factor in the Nationals offense smashing 2 Home Runs over the fence. Casey now leads the league in Home Runs. Sam Whitaker knocked in Connor Freeman in the 5th inning to provide insurance runs for the Nationals. Sam Poggoli closed the door for the Cubs in the 5th inning with 3 strikeouts. For the Cubs, Aidan Hill went 2 for 2 with a double and a single. In the 6th inning CW Williams smashed a stand-up double to left-center, but the Cubs could not knock him in. Both teams worked hard and gave their best effort. Nationals 5 Cubs 1
The Mets bested the Pirates on Saturday, 11-6. The game saw a great performance by Aidan Clark, who threw 3 2/3 innings, allowed 4 runs and struck out 8. The Mets offensively got hits by Joseph Cantanio (3 for 3) and Kai Campbell (2 for 3). Brian Murphy took over for Clark to close out the game. The Pirates rallied late behind the pitching of Mat Padgett and catching of Erik Bjorklund. Kenneth Peralta lead the Bucs hitters [2 for 3] and made a key play at third base to stop further runs by the Mets.
On Saturday, April 30, the AAA Rangers hosted the Phillies. In the first, Sam Naeher doubled as the Phillies jumped to 5-0 lead. Pitcher Madison Shannon threw several shutout innings. In the third, after first baseman Hollman Smith made two unassisted and one assisted out, the Rangers scored with hits by David Tarter, John Schooner, and Colin Nininger. In the sixth, the Rangers closed within one after a double and steal by Greg Mayer. Then Phillies second baseman Josh Meighan made an impressive catch, and pitcher Nick Wells finished the game with a strikeout. Phillies 8, Rangers 7.
On 5/1/2011, the AA Scrappers hosted the Lugnuts in cool conditions with intermittent rain. Both teams were undeterred by the weather and played hard throughout. The Lugnuts started things off with a single and two stolen bases by #7, but the Scrappers held firm behind great pitching by Evan Jones including two throws to first base for key outs. The Scrappers jumped out to an early 4-0 lead including RBI’s by Prescott Starke and Hunter Pena. The Lugnuts defense clamped down and held the Scrappers scoreless behind the pitching of Zach Deeley and Jack Taylor. The Lugnuts rallied to cut the lead to two runs behind a double by Jake Pigeon and RBI and two stolen bases by Jack Taylor. The Scrappers held on to stay unbeaten. Lugnuts 2, Scrappers 4.
The Rockhounds earned their first win of the year behind strong starting pitching. Reyn Butterworth tossed three solid innings. He struck out the side in each frame, stranding a runner at third each time. At the plate, Abby Manon, Sam Musinsky and Chris Almeda singled and came around to score for the ‘hounds. Sela Scheinman and Sam Musinsky
pitched 3 excellent innings to hold on to the Rockhounds lead. The Sandgnats answered in the sixth, as Marty Casserly and Ethan Siebel singled and scored on Peter Villa’s smash. But the rally fell short as the Rockhounds prevailed 3-2.
On Thursday April 21st the Scrappers and Storm played an AA game at Jefferson Village with the Scrappers coming out on top 6-2. Strong starts were turned in by Evan Jones of the Scrappers and Rixon Webb of the Storm with the game knotted at 1 after 3 innings. The Scrappers broke through for 5 runs in the fourth with hits and runs provided by Jonathan Oppenheimer, Jack Coburn, Roman Pena and Prescott Starke. The offense for the Storm was provided by Evan Stegenga, Zach Walker, Nicholas Franco and William Webb.
On Friday evening, the Mudcats and Ironbirds met in a makeup for a rained out game originally scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. The Ironbirds looked good early leading 5-1 after the 1st inning, but the Mudcats roared back, scoring 15 runs over the next 3 innings for a 16-11 victory. For the Ironbirds, Brian Toman and Trey Robinson led the way. Brian went 2-for-2 with 3 RBIs and Trey was 3-for-3 with 2 runs scored. For the Mudcats, Ben Yam, Aaron Gaston, Tommy Donovan, and Cole Little all went 3-for-3 scoring 6 runs between them.
Mudcats – 16, Ironbirds – 11.
The Tigers hosted the Lynx at Idylwood 3 Field for their second game of the season on an abundantly sunny Saturday morning. Both teams eschewed hitting off the tee and hammered their respective coaches’ pitching. Jack Biggs led the Tigers offensively with a double in the first inning and a clean drive to the left field in the second inning. He also showed great acrobatics, including diving tags, while fielding at first base in the first inning. Daniel Fried and Finn Evenson contributed solid hits for the Tigers’ offense while Mac Duross made skillful fielding plays throughout the game. The Lynx opened their season led by the bat and glove of Katherine Stevens. Katherine hit the longest drive of the game with a single into left field and had an outstanding defensive showing on the hot corner and closing out the game on the mound. The Lynx were hot at the plate – with every player making solid contact. Liam Stirling and Jack Barnes were defensive giants, making multiple outs in the second and third innings. The Tigers play again on Saturday and the Lynx will be back at it on Wednesday.