Cardinals 8, Dodgers 7
The Cardinals needed a little luck and some clutch pitching to hold off a tenacious Dodger team. Zane Bodmer singled and scored three runs for the Cards. Justin Higa, Derek Georgino and Nick Kern all hit RBI singles. Anthony Perasso reached base three times in three plate appearances and hurled five strong innings, allowing just two runs. Tommy Bartholetti and Will Orr each singled. Erick Lankey reached base and JC Cooper continues to hit the ball well notching another RBI. We look forward to the 3rd round.
Cubs 11, Red Sox 10
Despite the extra innings, the Cubs came out on top, 11-10, in 9 innings. The Sox put three on the board in the top of the first due to singles by Tommy Fraher, Cameron Christopher and Adam Horne. The Cubs came back with two in the bottom of the first off Jeff Lee who pitched admirably in place of injured Austin Gartside. The Sox put another on the board in the second. Joey Robertson singled, stole two bases and came home on a Fraher single. The Sox got a case of walkitis which allowed the Cubs to put four on the board in the fifth and sixth innings. After all of this, the Red Sox got to the bottom of the seventh, two outs, man on third, Sox up one. But alas, as Bob â€œSteamerâ€ Stanley did in 1986, the Sox threw a wild pitch and the runner from third tied the score. The Sox continued to battle, but in the bottom of the ninth, another wild pitch brought in the winning run. The Sox should hold their heads high; they got the opportunity to play in a fabulous game and they played a great game (including Michael Kapla who caught 7 innings).
Mets 7, Padres 4
The Mets rebounded from last week's loss to defeat the hard-hitting Padres 7-4 behind the excellent pitching of Jacob Yonan and Sean Bird. The Mets' dynamic duo combined for 16 strikeouts and held the Padres to four hits. Yonan notched his 13th win of the year, and Bird picked up his 10th save. They were supported by a fine defensive effort from the team. Matt Lunde made a brilliant, run-saving backhanded catch of a drive to right, and Henry Rowe, looking like Torii Hunter, cooly snagged a rocket to center off the bat of Bryant Lew.
A's 4, Orioles 3
A real nail-biter of a game. Matt Varraveto and Ray Kim pitched a fantastic game. Grant Parker hit an in-the-park â€œGrantâ€ slam, which proved to be the game-winner for the only four runs put on the board by the A's narrowly squeaking by the Orioles' fantastic effort.
Red Sox 10, A's 4
The Red Sox jumped out to an early five run lead on the mighty A's and never looked back, winning 10-4. Hunter Dorr led the Red Sox offensive charge with a double and a towering home run. David Yoon, Jonathan Barton, Harry Lee, Austin Willis, John Stephens and Kyle Cheung all reached base safely and scored runs. Austin led the defensive with two put outs from short stop and David Yoon was very solid behind the plate. John Stephens pitched lights out for the first three innings striking out eight.
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Beige 6, Marooney Tunes 1
In what has truly been a magical season for the Marooney Tunes, they took a 11-3 record, and a six-game winning streak into the semi-finals against a very tough Beige People team and the flame throwing Selena Mohr. The Marooney Tunes kept it close all game and true to their spirit battled to the very last out in this 6-1 loss. Jenna Galper, who was banged up in the first inning on a collison at second base, pitched a masterful game with a bloody knee, twisted wrist and bruised cheek. She struck out 10 Beige people while only allowing six hits in six hard-fought innings. Sarah Bartine made an outstanding catch in center, and Maddy Mo MaKenzie made a great back handed stab of a ball at third. Raleigh Scharre scored the only run for the Marooney Tunes, after she hit a booming double to left. It was a fantastic season for a fantastic group of atheletes.
BBY 9, Purple Shock 1
After a first round bye and a ten-day layoff, Blew By You picked up right where they left off against the Purple Shock, extending their unbeaten streak to nine games. The impressive win against the well respected Shock, earned Blew By You the opportunity to play in the championship game. Loren Shin was a force offensively as she yanked a two-run homer in the first inning and scored twice. Kara Thompson reached base in all three at-bats, hit two doubles and notched two RBIs. Olivia Markowitz had two singles and two RBI. Kyla Bradley nailed a double and scored a run. In the circle, Kyla and Kara combined for 10 strike outs in five innings.
â€” Stories contributed by the coaches of LCJBSA