Little league wrap-ups
The Mets jumped out to an early lead, scoring nine runs in the first inning off the bats of Jamin Parker, Alex Davis, Gustavo Torres, and Louden Smith.
The Red Sox came back with five runs with singles by Griffin Churich, Chris Towle, Derek Jones, Blake Crosby, and a key single by Nathan Golden that drove in two runs.
Good defense and strong pitching by Riley Guiragossian and Louden Smith for the Mets and Blake Crosby for the Red Sox kept the game close. The Mets rallied again in the fifth with six runs on four hits, by Matt Bush, Parker, Zac Bush, and Smith. The Red Sox came back with six runs of their own, but came up just short.
The final score: 16-11, Mets.
On Saturday the Minor Division White Sox faced the Cubs for the first time since opening day.
The game started off as a duel between two of the league’s top pitchers, Aaron Pado for the White Sox and Alex Straw for the Cubs. It was a battle, with the Cubs getting on the board first with a couple of steals to the plate.
The Sox answered back and took a 4-2 lead. Kasey English, JC DiMaggio, and Andy McKechnie picked up the pace with two hits each. Sydnie English and-Pado each added one. Drake Taylor, Henry Blinoff, and Jerrett Russell reached first twice by drawing walks, while Max Barta and Nicolas England also walked.
As is often the case in games where top pitchers face one another, the key is in relief. While Pado had 27 strikeouts in 27 outs recorded, it was a first-time pitcher who came in with the save.-
DiMaggio finished off the final two outs of the game with strikeouts, stepping into a key pitching position to add to the depth of the bullpen. The White Sox finished the game with its fifth season victory.
In likely one of the most action-packed games of the season, the White Sox made it six wins in a row with a 12-3 win against the Marlins on Sunday. Base stealing, plays at the plate, runner’s being cut down, and outstanding defensive plays were all abundant.-
The Marlins took the first lead with a run in the first inning. The White Sox came up with two in the second to take a one run lead. Aaron Pado attempted another score by stealing home, but Marlin defense was too tough and he was caught in a well-executed rundown.-
The Marlins again took the lead with two runs in the top of the third, but it didn’t hold up long, as the White Sox surged out front with seven in the bottom half of the inning.
The Sox added another three in the fourth and would have had another in the fifth, but Andy McKechnie was tagged out by the Marlins catcher in a collision at the plate while trying to steal home.
Although early in the game the White Sox’s defense made its share of overthrows and other errors, the game ended with some tremendous defense, including a bare-handed pickup by pitcher Kasey English who threw to first for an out.-
In the sixth, the Marlins attempted another steal, but catcher McKechnie threw to-Pado to cut down the runner at second.
If there were a toughness award, it would have gone to Nicky Shindler, who suffered a pre-game injury while taking some fly balls in the outfield, but went on to get a hit and score a run. Leading the offense were Sydnie English and brother Kasey, who collected three hits each. McKechnie and JC DiMaggio had two hits each, while Max Barta and-Pado each had one.
McKechnie started the game and went three innings, surrendering two hits and five walks, but struck out seven. Kasey threw a no-hitter-over the last three innings while striking out four.