Truckee Little League up and running
Truckee’s Little League opener was extra special for the Orioles, as they beat the A’s 8-2.
“Defensively, everyone contributed today,” Orioles coach Bill Aldridge said. Orioles starting pitcher, Nick Johnson, held the A’s to one run, despite a long triple to right-center field. Johnson struck out three in the first two innings.
Orioles starting catcher, Cooper Davidson, had an exceptional day at the ballpark. The A’s running game was essentially shutdown. Davidson threw out the A’s leadoff batter at second base and helped hold the A’s to one run by throwing a runner out at third base. Helping to shutdown the A’s in the bottom of the sixth, Davidson caught an incredible pop-up behind home plate and managed to avoid a near collision with the backstop fence.
Relief pitcher Tony Rodriguez took over for Johnson in the bottom of the third, limiting the A’s to a total of three runs. Rodriguez struck out six in the remaining four innings. To help Rodriquez, second baseman Michael Reynaud ended the game by throwing out a runner at first on a routine ground ball.
“The extra time the guys have been putting in at the batting cages is paying off,” coach Greg McWhinney said. “We are definitely connecting with the ball a higher percentage of time.” Leading the offense was shortstop Trevor Aldridge, who went 4-for-4 at the plate, nailing four solid base hits.
First baseman Brody Ingle’s bat was equally as hot, as he led off with a strong double to center field. While the Orioles had 14 strikeouts, collectively they capitalized on the 11 walks the A’s served up. Aggressive base running by Johnson, Davidson, Reynaud, Cole Roberts, and Nick Gordon also contributed to the 8 runs scored.
With an entirely different ending than their big league brethren’s 1986 classic World Series meeting, the Truckee Minor Red Sox and Mets played a baseball game that was relatively close until the fourth inning. At that point a number of Mets pitchers had trouble finding the strike zone and issued a parade of walks, resulting in a 33 – 5 win for the Red Sox.
Andrew Blaker was the starter and winning pitcher for the Red Sox, pitching very well during his stint, striking out four and allowing only one earned run. Griffin Churich came in to close out the game in wet conditions at the end of the fourth to complete the game.
Blake Crosby was the hitting star for the Red Sox, going 3-for-3 with two walks and five RBIs for a perfect day at the plate. Chris Towle was 2-for-4 and drove in four runs with a stellar effort. Griffin Churich, Andrew Blaker, and Tylor Slusher also contributed with hits and multiple RBI.