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Little League | DeRykand#8217;s 3-run blast lifts Giants over Cubs in first-place showdown

The top two teams in the Truckee Little League Majors division played for sole possession of first place on Saturday, with the Giants earning the 8-7 win over the Cubs. Both teams came in at 4-1. The Cubs took an early 3-0 lead after three innings of play. The Giants battled for four runs in the fourth inning to take a 4-3 lead. The Cubs took the lead back in the top of the fifth and added two more in the top of the sixth for a 7-4 lead going into the bottom of the sixth and final inning. The Giants narrowed the lead to two when Cooper DeRyk stepped to the plate with two runners on and proceeded to hit a walk-off home run to lead the Giants to the 8-7 victory. It was DeRykand#8217;s second over-the-fence, walk-off homer this season.

Cubs pitcher Gary Grosjean pitched a complete game with five strikeouts and no walks. The Giants put Colin Just and Shane Poe on the mound, and the two combined for 10 strikeouts in the win. Cubs hitting was led by Grosjean, Tyler Van Eno and Alec Vaio, all of whom had doubles, and Ferrera, Dalicandro, Grosjean, Beckert and Halderman (2), who all had singles. The Giants hitting included two doubles by Just and Zarek Livak, singles by Harrity, Parisi (2), Pugh, Rogers, Schmidig (2), and the walk-off home run by DeRyk.

League: Truckee Major Little League

Game: Red Sox vs. North Tahoe Cardinals, May 10

Score: Red Sox 6, NT Cardinals 1

General: On a picture perfect Lake Tahoe evening, the Truckee Red Soxand#8217;s first two batters in the first inning scored en route to a 6-1 win. Dawson Smith was once again outstanding on the mound, as he struck out seven Cubs and only let in one earned run.

Batting Stars: For the Red Sox, Sean Kelly was the hitting star of the day, going 2-for-3 with two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI. Devin Lewis was 2-for-3 with two runs scored, Jayden Commendatorre was 1-for-3 with two RBIs. Ethan Maiden had two hits, and Max Wingard, Dawson Smith, and Jack Wright also had hits for the Red Sox.

Fielding Stars: With pitcher Dawson Smith recording seven strikeouts and reliever Peter Vaio striking out the last two batters to end the game, there were few fielding plays for the Red Sox. However, Jayden Commendatorre made two putouts and an assist at catcher, then in the fifth inning pulled off a double play at third when he caught a line drive and then picked the runner off first.

League: Truckee Major Little League

Game: Red Sox vs. North Tahoe Giants, May 12

Score: Red Sox 7, NT Giants 1

General: On a warm Truckee afternoon, the Truckee Red Soxand#8217;s first two batters in the first inning again scored to initiate the offense. The Red Sox broke open a tight game in the fourth inning, as they scored five times behind doubles by Sean Kelly, Jayden Commendatorre and Dawson Smith.

Batting Stars: For the Red Sox, Jayden Commendatorre was the hitting star of the day, going 2-for-2 with a doubles, a run scored and two RBIs. Sean Kelly also had a great day, going 2-for-3 with two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI. Max Wingard and Dawson Smith also contributed hits and Devin Lewis, Andrew Parkurst and Peter Vaio also scored.

Fielding Stars: Max Wingard was the starting pitcher for the Red Sox and in 3 1/3 innings struck out eight while allowing no runs. Andrew and#8220;Kmanand#8221; Kratz came in for the next 1 2/3 innings, striking out three and letting up no earned runs. Sean Kelly came on to close out the game, which ended on a nifty double play set in motion by Drew Wingard in center field. Drew caught a fly ball, then almost picked the runner off first, with the ball sailing just by the first baseman. Jayden Commendatorre, playing catcher and backing up first base, scooped up the ball and fired to second to cut down the Giants runner and end the game.

and#8212; Submitted to swright@sierrasun.com.


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