Cubs 11, A's 1
The Cubs used strong pitching, solid defense and a methodical offense to overpower the A's, 11-1. Justin Cohen started and pitched two innings, allowing just one run, then Scott Moulin and Sean Bird came in to complete the victory with three shutout innings. On offense, the Cubs scored in every inning but the fourth.
Kevin Stoner continued his power surge with a triple, two doubles and a walk, scoring twice. Ben Whitefield hit a booming double to left and was on base four times. Bird was on base three times, scoring twice, and Leo Meissner chipped in with two singles and scored twice. Daniel Cohen, Juan Carrasquero, Robbie Fuelling and Brock Hudnut eached scored a run. The Cubs' infield was especially tough defensively, highlighted by Whitefield's nice play at third in the final inning, turning a hard-hit ground ball into an out.
Mets 10, A's 9
The Mets staged a dramatic comeback in the bottom of the 6th to beat the A's 10-9. In the first inning, Mike Fuelling led off for the Mets with a Deep Homerun onto the pavement. After the long ball, fine pitching by Muller blanked the Mets through four innings. After falling behind 9-1, the Mets chipped away, scoring two runs in the bottom of the fifth on base hits from Wills Van Sickle, Austin Willis and Fuelling. The Mets offense came alive in the sixth as Adam Horne led off with a double, and hits from Ryan Rubendall, Van Sickle, and Brendan Hempstead sparked a seven-run rally to give the Mets their first lead of the game. The A's defense extinguished the rally with an amazing catch in Center Field and then relay home to nail the runner at the plate. Kyle Cheung struck out the side on the seventh to preserve the victory.
Brewers 6, Dodgers 5
The Brewers ended the season on a high note with a 6-5 victory over the Manny-less Dodgers Thursday before a festival crowd. The pitching staff was great as Mason Gilmour pitched three scoreless innings followed by Jack Webster pitching two and a third innings and Alex Gorski feeling comfortable in the closer roll. The Brewers started early with great batting by John Monroe, Mason, Will Huston, and Miles Dunbar for their first inning run production. Tyler Fierro continues to lock down the outfield supported by Langston Black and Hunter Pao. Daivon Grayson emerged as a great first baseman and crushed the ball at the plate. The Brewers are poised to make a deep run in the playoffs at this rate.
Angels 10, A's 9
The A's and Angels played an outstanding game today, with the Angels coming out on top 10-9. Tanner Barge and Naar Sahakian continued their outstanding pitching to give the A's a chance to win. Kenny Park, Nathan Gi, Payton Witt, Luke Bonham, and Sean Segal all had outstanding hits. Alex Villalpando and Tanner Barge were outstanding behind the plate. Harry Laws, Daniel Tolbert, Kyle Ramirez, and Evan Grayson played superb outfield defense. It was a good ending to the season as both teams made some outstanding plays.
Giants 6, Mets 5
The Mets and Giants seem to always play a close game, and this one was no different. The Mets needed two runs in the top of the sixth inning, but could only manage one, and came up, 6-5. Game ball went to Ben Ko for hitting two doubles and driving in three runs.
Giants 20, Dodgers 5
The Dodgers practiced well in preparation for their playoff game but were no match for the Mighty Giants. Offensively, Jack Mazin again led the way with two hits and two RBIs. Carsten Petersen contributed with two runs scored. Defensively, Max Totten made several spectacular plays. Although the Dodgers' season has come to an end, the team showed great improvement over the season and are already looking forward to next season.
Purple 12, Ice Babies 4
Bringing a four-game winning streak into the game, the inspired Ninjas were ready to battle the tough Babies for second place and home field advantage in the playoffs which would be a rematch of tonights game. And battle they did, as they won a hard fought 12-8 victory, leaving the field with many bruises and lots of pride. Heather Baydian, was hit twice at the plate and quickly shook off each jolt as she jogged to first. Kyanni Aguirre fouled a wicked Mohr fastball off her shin and bounced back to face her again. The biggest bruise came when Aubri Thompson hit a sizzling line drive up the middle that caught Jenna Galper right in the stomach, but she rolled over in pain, grabbed the ball and threw Aubri out at first from her knees. The Ninjas pounded out nine hits, led by Sarah Diaz, Gaby Diaz and Natalie Markowitz who had two each. Maddie Diaz and Kristine Seuylemezian also got big hits, while Katie Benson, Sumner Hanula and Jessica Morena combined for five of the 12 runs.
Purple 7, Doghouse 4
An inspired Purple Ninjas took down The Doghouse, 7-4, handing the Dawgs their second loss of the year. The good news for The Doghouse is it still finishes first for the regular season with a 10-2 record (4-2 vs. other La Cañada teams). From the outset, the Dawgs found themselves in a position they hadn't been in all year: behind after the first inning. Kendall tripled to lead off the game and came home on an error, but the Ninjas responded with two in the bottom half of the inning and the Dawgs just never caught up. Jenna Galper kept The Doghouse bats at bay, allowing just five hits. In addition to Kendall's triple, there were doubles by Kelsey Drange and Lauren Streeter and singles from Maddy Fisher and Lynn Gilmour. The Dawgs pulled to within 5-4 in the fourth on Kelsey lead-off double followed by Maddy's run-scoring single, but then Jenna retired the next nine batters in a row to lead the Ninjas to victory
Lights Out 15, Lime 6
Lights Out clinched first place by avenging an earlier loss to a tough Lime Slime team. After going down 3-0 in the top of the first, Lights Out scored four in the bottom of the first to take the lead for good. Emily Develle walked and consecutive hits by Merchant, Andrews, Martinez and Gilligan, got the team going. In the second, Nicole Wilson, caught a blistering line drive at second to start a double play and end the inning. LIGHTS OUT broke it open in the second scoring six runs on hits by Horner, Powers, Develle, and Martinez. Missy Horner pitched the entire game to get the victory.
Voltage 8, Apples 2
High Voltage played a tough game but came up a little short. On the mound, Abby Au demonstrated her prowess with two strong innings pitched, giving up no hits. At the plate, Amy Markowicz was 2-for-2 and Natalie Durkin got on board both at-bats. In the third inning, Reece Damron-Elson belted a long fly to left field only to be robbed by a great catch by Hazel Toland. The defensive highlight came when Isabel Gallo and Madilyn Smith combined for a great catcher — pitcher play to tag out an Apple player trying to steal home.
Orange Crush 15, Rook-03 8
Stephanie Emery pitched a solid first inning and had a big hit in the second to help lead the Orange Crush to a seven-run inning, keeping their championship bid alive. Lindsay Woodward pitched two innings of relief work, striking out four and not allowing any runs, easily the best pitching performance of the year for our team. Sarah Peck and Maddy Solares each had solid hits to keep the seven-run second inning going. Megan Kelleher, Julia Vallen and Olivia Simone were intimidating and aggresive at the plate, drawing several walks and taking monster swings at the ball.
— Contributed by coaches and parents of LCJBSA