Truckee Little League report
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212;-The following report was submitted to Sports Editor Sylas Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org.
League: Truckee Major Little League
Game: Rangers vs. Yankees, June 9
Score: Rangers 15, Yankees 0
Batting Stars: The Rangersand#8217; Max Wingard was the hitting star of the day with a 3-for-3 effort with 3 RBI. Luke Smith was also 2 for 2 with a three-run home run. Tristen Nicholas and Cooper Deryk also had two hits each, and Jack Englert, Cole Harrity, Jayden Commendatorre, Dawson Smith and Connor Bullion each contributed a hit.
Fielding Stars: Four Rangers pitchers combined to shut out the Yankees. Hunter Sherwood started and allowed one hit with two strikeouts, while Tristen Nicholas also allowed one hit and struck out two. Max Wingard came on next with a shut-down inning, and then Dawson Smith finished the game out, giving up a hit and also striking out two.
Luke Smith made a great defensive play at shortstop, going deep into the hole and firing a strike to first to nail the runner. Hunter Sherwood also made an excellent running catch in center field.
General: The Rangers jumped out to a quick four-run lead in the first inning, then added 10 in the third to put this game beyond reach early.
Game: Rangers vs. Phillies Game 1, June 11
Score: Rangers 9, Phillies 6
Batting Stars: The Rangersand#8217; Luke Smith was the hitting star of the day with a 3-for-3 effort, driving in three runs and scoring two. Tristen Nicholas, Cole Harrity and Cooper Deryk also had two hits each and scored runs. Jack Englert also contributed a hit and Cade Paul and Connor Bullion scored two runs each.
Fielding Stars: Jack Englert threw the first two innings allowing one run on three hits and striking out four. Max Wingard came on for the next two innings and let up four runs on four hits while striking out one. Luke Smith came on in the bottom of the sixth to close out the game and earn the save. The Rangers played solid defense with Hunter Sherwood, Dawson Smith and Connor Bullion leading the way.
General: The Rangers scored two in the top of the first inning, and the Phillies came back with one in the bottom of the first. The Rangers scored one in the third and the Phillies responded with two in the bottom of the frame to tie the game up. The Rangers then scored two more in the top of the fourth, and the Phillies once again responded, this time with three in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead. Score stayed that way until the top of the sixth when the Rangers put four on the board to take the lead, then Luke Smith shut the Phillies down in the bottom of the sixth. The victory allowed the Rangers to pull into a tie with the Phillies for first place in the league.
Game: Rangers vs. Phillies Game 2, June 11
Score: Rangers 9, Phillies 5
Batting Stars: The Rangersand#8217; Jack Englert and Cooper Deryk led the Rangers in hitting with two hits and two RBIs each. Cole Harrity, Connor Bullion, Luke Smith, Max Wingard, Dawson Smith and Hunter Sherwood each contributed hits and runs scored.
Fielding Stars: Hunter Sherwood started and went the first three-plus innings letting up five runs while striking out two. Dawson Smith came on to finish the last two innings-plus, shutting out the Phillies on two hits with two strike outs. The Rangers again played solid defense with Luke Smith, Connor Bullion, Jack Englert, Jayden Commendatorre and Max Wingard all making outstanding plays.
General: The Phillies scored three in the top of the second inning to take the early lead, then added two more in the top of the third on Andrew Elderand#8217;s home run. The Rangers closed the gap to one by scoring four runs in the bottom of the third, and the game stayed close until the Rangers scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth. Dawson Smith then shut down the Phillies to earn the win. The victory allowed the Rangers to pull ahead of the Phillies for first place in the league for the regular season and first seed for the playoffs this week.