Little League | Sox bounce back from loss
May 23League: Truckee Major Little LeagueScore: Red Sox 5, Diamondbacks 0 General: After getting hammered by the Diamondbacks on Monday, the Red Sox came back strong behind the great pitching of Dawson Smith. Dawson fell one batter short of pitching a complete game, two-hit shutout, when he reached his mandatory pitch limit. In the first three innings, Dawson struck out eight of nine batters, and ended up with a total of 11. Peter Vaio came on to strike out the last Diamondbacks batter and secure the win.Batting stars: For the Red Sox, Ethan andamp;#8220;Etrainandamp;#8221; Maiden had two hits, the first one driving in the first two runs of the game (and what proved to be the winning runs), Max Wingard also had two hits (both doubles andamp;#8212; the first narrowly missing going over the fence), scored a run and drove in two runs, and Dawson Smith contributed to his own cause with two hits, scoring a run and driving in two. Sean Kelly and Jayden Commendatore also contributed hits and scored runs.Fielding Stars: Max Wingard, Peter Vaio and Andrew andamp;#8220;Kmanandamp;#8221; Kratz made fine defensive plays, helping the Red Sox to the win.May 19League: Truckee Major Little LeagueScore: Red Sox 6, Giants 5General: The Red Sox jumped out to a one-run lead in the first, and the Giants Zarek Livak answered in the bottom half with a two-run home run. The Red Sox scored three more in the top of the second behind Drew Wingardandamp;#8217;s double. The Giants came back with three more in the bottom of the second to go up 5-4, where it remained until the bottom of the sixth when Jayden Commendatore smashed his first home run of the year to tie it up. Max Wingard managed a hit and then scored on a smash by Dawson Smith. The Giants got two runners on in the bottom of the sixth with one out, when Andrew andamp;#8220;Kmanandamp;#8221; Kratz came on to shut down the Giants for the save and victory.Batting stars: For the Red Sox, Jayden Commendatore had the key hit of the day with a home run in the top of the sixth to tie up the game. Max Wingard went 3-for-3 and scored the winning run. Drew Wingard also doubled, driving in two runs, and Dawson Smith had a hit to drive in the winning run. Sean Kelly, Andrew Parkhurst and Jack Wright also contributed hits to the causeFielding Stars: Max Wingard started for the Red Sox and threw a solid three innings. Peter Vaio came in for relief for two and one-third innings and kept the Giants at bay, earning the win. Kman Kratz came on with one out and two runners on in the bottom of the sixth and got the last two outs, the last of which was a line drive to Devin Lewis at second base. Andrew Parkhurst also made a fine catch in right field in the sixth inning.May 16League: Truckee Major Little LeagueScore: Red Sox 17, Cubs 6 General: The Red Sox jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first inning. The Cubs quickly responded with a run in their half of the inning. In the second inning, behind Sean Kelleyandamp;#8217;s three-run home run, the Red Sox scored six times. Again, the Cubs responded with five runs in their half of the inning. After that, the Red Sox pitching trio of Dawson Smith, Max Wingard and Jayden Commendatore kept the Cubs scoreless, while the Red Sox continued to add two runs each inning.Batting stars: For the Red Sox, Sean Kelly had a great day, going 2-for-3 with a monster home run and driving in four runs and scoring three. Drew Wingard and Jayden Commendatore each had two hits and scored two runs. Andrew Kratz and Peter Vaio also had two hits a piece and drove in two runs each. Also contributing with hits and scoring runs were Gibson Elkins, Ethan Maiden, Dawson Smith, Max Wingard and Devin Lewis.Fielding stars: Dawson Smith started for the Red Sox, and, with the exception of a rocky second inning, managed to shut down the Cubs bats. After Dawson pitched the maximum number of pitches under Little League rules, Max Wingard came on to pitch one and one-third innings of shutout ball and recorded two strikeouts. Jayden Commendatore then finished out the sixth inning and game, allowing no runs and striking out two.Defensively, the Cubs Gary Grosjean made a great catch of a hard-hit line drive off the bat of Jayden Commendatore. The Red Sox played solid defense, behind Drew Wingard making a nice catch in center field, Andrew Kratz playing solid third base and Peter Vaio doing the same at first base. Peter ended the game with a nifty snag of a foul ball off first base. However, the play of the day belonged to second baseman Devin Lewis. In the bottom of the fourth, Devin took a hard shot to the body, but still had the presence to get the ball and throw the runner out, before collapsing on the field in much pain (heandamp;#8217;s OK).andamp;#8212; Submitted by John Pratt, Truckee Major Red Sox Coach
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