Little League | Wingard, Kelly flex muscles in Red Sox playoff victory
League: Truckee Major Little League
Game: Diamondbacks at Red Sox, June 12
Score: Red Sox 11, Diamondbacks 2
General: The Red Sox and the Diamondbacks played a semifinal playoff game at River View Sports Park on Tuesday night. The Red Sox got off to a fast start with their first four batters scoring in the first inning. In the second, Max Wingard blasted a three-run home run, and in the fourth Sean Kelly hit a solo home run. There was no quit in the Diamondbacks as they competed to the very end, limiting the Red Sox to two runs after the second inning. The Red Sox will play the winner of the Giants-Cubs game on Friday night at Regional Park at 7:30 p.m. for the Truckee championship.
Batting stars: For the Red Sox, the batting star of the day was Max Wingard, who, in addition to his three-run home run, also had a single that drove in two runs and scored three runs himself. Once again, however, it was a total Red Sox team effort: Sean Kelly had a triple in addition to his home run, scored three times and drove in two runs; Jayden Commendatore had a double and a single and scored three runs and drove in a run; Dawson Smith had a hit, scored twice and drove in a run; Andrew and#8220;Kmanand#8221; Kratz had two hits, including a double; Gibson Elkins had a hit and scored a run; Peter Vaio had a hit and an RBI; and Ethan and#8220;Etrainand#8221; Maiden also contributed a hit.
Fielding stars: Dawson Smith, limited by Little League rules to 50 pitches in order to be able to pitch in the championship game Friday, continued his dominant ways by limiting the Diamondbacks to a hit and a run in three and one-third innings. He also struck out four. Andrew and#8220;Kmanand#8221; Kratz relieved Dawson and got the final two outs of the fourth inning. Max Wingard then came on in the fifth and secured the game, allowing only one run while striking out two. The Red Sox played solid defense led by nice plays from Devin Lewis, Jack Wright, Peter Vaio, Max Wingard, Dawson Smith and Jayden Commendatore.
and#8212; Submitted by John Pratt, Truckee Major Red Sox Coach
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