Youth Scene: Yankees edge Orioles

A close contest between the Yankees and Orioles wasn't decided until the final inning Saturday and once the final out was recorded, the Yankees had prevailed, 6-5, in a Majors division game at Ocean View Little League.

The Yankees started off the game with a single from Sinjin Choi, Nate Skorheim drew walk and Mauro Ballinas doubled to bring in three runs. The Orioles fought back with a singles from Parker Walpole, Vincent Caiazzo and a double by Mathew DeHeras, but Ballinas, starting pitcher for the Yankees, and the Yankees defense, was able to hold off the Orioles until the bottom of the third. In the third, a double by Rocco Peppi, a hard single by Micah Blake, a walk to Caiazzo and a single by Ryan Carles, drove home five runs for the Orioles.

Singles by Skorheim and Jack Miller keyed a two-run rally in the top of the fourth by the Yankees that tied the score at 5-5. They went ahead for good in the top of the sixth on a single by Naeco Logan and an RBI hit by Miller that scored Logan with the winning run.

Choi threw the bottom of the sixth and shut down the Orioles to close out the game.

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In other Majors Division action:

Cardinals 3, Red Sox 2 (seven innings)

Paul Wagner's bloop single drove in Jared Reyes with the winning run as the Cardinals ran their winning streak to five games.

The Cardinals loaded the bases in the seventh inning on back-to-back singles by Reyes (three for three) and Nick Shenkman (two for three) and a walk to Joey Legg. With one out, Wagner's pop fly landed safely in shallow left field for the walk-off victory.

Jake Vogel scored on an errant throw in the first inning and Jayden Klein came home on a wild pitch in the third to give the Red Sox a 2-0 lead. But the Cardinals (6-4) answered with two runs in the fifth highlighted by an RBI single from Kyle Christy, sending the game into extra innings.

Shenkman pitched four hitless innings in relief to get the win, facing one batter over the minimum. Legg struck out five in three innings and yielded a pair of unearned runs.

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Minor A Division

Hot Rods 6, Stars 1

The Hot Rods homered twice and held the Stars to just two hits cruising to the win.

AJ Hurtado smashed a two-run homer for the Hot Rods in the first inning and teammate Quentin Custodio followed with a three-run homer in the third. Hurtado finished the day with three hits (along with three RBIs) and Custodio had two hits. Myles Lopez and Wyatt Smith also singled for the Hot Rods.

Custodio also shined on the mound, pitching three scoreless innings. Gavin Kells relieved Custodio and allowed only one run while striking out six.

Connor Stephens singled and knocked in Rizzy Collado for the Stars' lone run. Andrew Bentley collected the only other hit for the Stars.

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