2014 MAJOR LEAGUE HIGHLIGHTS
Tigers 6 – Cardinals 3
The Tigers were led by the pitching of Jamar Horride (6 K’s, no hits, 1 run) & Lou Randazzo (6 K’s, 1 hit, 0 earned runs).
Tiger rookie Jo Jo Randazzo had 2 big hits in his major league debut both doubles and scored the first Tiger run on
Nolan Pietsch’s 3 run blast. Lou Randazzo hit one out of the park, while Jayla Suddeth drove in 2 runs with a triple and a double and Kiefer Frank added a sharp single.
Some good Tiger defense by the entire team also contributed to this team victory.
Yankees 17 – Giants 2
What a great day for baseball! The weather was nice and the Yankees’ bats were HOT!. The Yankees jumped out to an early lead when Stephan Little blasted a 2-run homerun to centerfield in the first inning.
The Yankees added two more runs with a 2-run single to left center by David Wells. Then the Yankees pushed 5 more runs across home, capped off by a Grand Slam by catcher Nathan Gunter in the bottom of the second.
The Yankees added 8 more runs in the fourth lead by a Grand Slam by David. The Yankees offense was incredible. David was 2 for 3 (single, GS), 6 RBI. Nathan 2 for 2 (GS, single), 3 runs scored,
5 RBI. Stephan 2 for 3 (HR, single), 2 RBI, 2 runs scored. Hunter Abdellaoui scored twice, 2 RBI. His brother Alec scored 3 times with 2 singles. Nick Monteleone added a single, as well as Ed Olejniczak.
Jakob Ertzbishoff blasted a double to centerfield in the fourth to set up the game ending score. Micheal Lang reached base twice (BB, HBP) and scored both times.
Stephan pitched a gem of a game against the Giants: A 1-hitter, with 9 strikeouts, on 69 pitches thru four innings. The Yankees’ defense helped hold the Giants to 2 runs and four base runners.
Great start to the 2014 season Yankees!
Tigers 6 – Giants 5
What a battle at the old frozen tundra tonight in HW.
The Tigers jumped out to an early lead in the first on a 2 run shot by Nolan Pietsch followed by a 2 RBI single by Kiefer Frank. Seku Slade then doubled in Chyran Humphries for the 5th run. Jamar Horride drove in the crucial
6th run in the top of the 6th driving in Lou Randazzo who had a solid day at the plate going 2 for 2 with a walk. Nolan Pietsch held the lead through 4 solid innings of 0 runs on 1 hit and 11 strikeouts.
His defense took a lapse in the 5th though allowing the Giants to get 3 runs on 4 errors. Giants fought hard in the 6th when Big Lance Mercer stepped up to the plate and drove in 2 runs with a frozen rope
driving in Curtis Jackson and Ethan LaCroix. With 1 out and a runner on second Brett Arseneau hit a frozen rope to centerfield and Tiger centerfielder, Jamar Horride, came running and made a great catch
then threw a rope to second where shortstop Nolan Pietsch was waiting to double off the Giant runner to end the game.Though they did not prevail, the Giants showed grit and confidence in a close game against the Tigers.
The Giant’s defense was solid all around, and marked by outstanding plays. Nate Truss gunned down a Tiger at home plate from deep in left field, with Connor Rossman slamming down the tag on the beautiful, one hop throw.
Zander Morrison flashed his leather at third, snaring a hard hit line drive. Derrick Horn made a fantastic catch in left. With runners on first and third, Rossman gunned out a runner trying to steal second.
Ethan Lacroix, Curtis Jackson, and Brett Arseneau combined for a strong pitching performance, all throwing hard and all improving their control.
The bats came alive late , and the Giants were able to threaten and make it a game. Though Lance Mercer brought the Giants to within one run in the sixth, they fell just short, losing 6-5.
The Yankees’ Stephan Little came out smoking Tuesday night. Stephan started the scoring with a 2-run blast to centerfield. The Yankees added 3 more runs, with all 11 players batting in the top of the first. The Yankees had another scorefest in the top of the third when they pushed 6 runs across. And in the fifth, Stephan single to left, and. . . scored, when the ball was thrown in! UNREAL! Stephan finished the night going 4 for 4, reverse cycle, (HR, triple, double, single), 5 RBI, 4 runs scored. David Wells picked up where he left off from opening day going 2 for 3, scoring once. Alec Abdellaoui, Nick Monteleone, and Jakob Ertzbischoff all single and scored at least one run. Ed Olejniczak singled and drove in 1 run. Jakob E. pitched a jem, going 4-2/3 innings, with 8 stikeouts. A great start to the season in his Yankee debut. The defense was stellar behind him by second baseman Ed O. and Stephan at short. Steven Grunenwald made a great play on a bunt attempt, charging in from third base. Another great game for the Yankees all around!
Giants 12 – Cardinals 11
The Giants came back from an 8 run deficit to win in walk off fashion in the sixth inning. They won because they are a tough-minded team with kids of high character, who never, ever give up!!! Their coaches never doubted them.
Yankees 9 – Tigers 2
The Yankees started out strong Thursday night. They sent all nine batters to the plate in the top of the first inning, scoring 5 runs and drawing 48 pitches from the Tigers’ starter. The Yanks scored two more times in the third and capped off their run total with a 2-run Homerun blast by Nathan Gunter in the sixth, which iced the game.
Nathan finished 2 for 4, HR, 2RBI, 2 runs scored. Stephan Little doubled and scored twice. The brothers Alec and Hunter Abdellaoui both tallied singles. David Wells and Connor Elsey both reached base twice and scored each time out. Great discipline at the plate by all Yankees’ hitters.
The key to the game: Pitching and defense! Alec delivered huge in his season debut on the mound. He went 5-1/3 innings before maxing out on pitches, 9 strikeouts, allowing only 1 run. He had help by great fielding: Nathan behind the plate; Great plays by Connor E. and Steven Grunenwald sharing duties at third; And Ed Olejniczak manned centerfield flawlessly. Great game all around Yankees!
The Tigers were led by the hitting of Louis Randazzo going 2 for 2 with a walk and a RBI. Other Tigers contributors at the plate were Jamar Horride who doubled in a run, Kiefer Frank continues his hitting ways singling in the 5th inning, Seku Slade singled and walked, Chyran Humphries hit a frozen rope double down the leftfield line and Melik Miner added a single. Jo Jo Randazzo walked in the 6th and scored a run. Jamar pitched 3 innings striking out 5 while walking 6, which hurt, Courtney Wilson pitched the final 3 looking good in his debut on the mound striking out 3. Rookie Sensation Jo Jo Randazzo got a chance to take the mound tonight in the 6th to get the final out. The Tigers learned tonight that they have to play 6 solid innings every game in order to win. Hats off to a solid Yankee team.
Tigers 17 – Cardinals 5
Nolan Pietsch took the mound today for the Tigers striking out 10 while walking 1 and giving up 6 hits in his great performance. Some great defense behind him too. Jayla Suddeth, Jo Jo Randazzo and Kiefer Frank made some crucial and great plays at second base today to help keep the Cards at bay. At the plate the entire 11 players for the Tigers were big at the plate. Lead off hitter Jo Randazzo continues to stroke the ball going 2 for 4 with 2 runs and 2 RBI. Brother Lou went 3 for 4 scoring twice while driving in 3 runs. Jamar Horride went 3 for 4 scoring twice, Kiefer is seeing the ball real well this year going 2 for 4 with a RBI triple. Melik Miner drove in 3 by going 2 for 3 and also scored twice. Courtney Wilson had a RBI single and 9 year old rookie Lukas Pietsch got his first Major League hit driving in a run. Seku Slade reached base twice and scored both time as did Jayla. Great Team effort today for 6 full innings!
Yankees 18 – Giants 2
The Yankees offense came out swinging in the early hours of Saturday morning. Eight Yankees came to the plate in the top of the first inning, spraying the ball around the field and scoring 5 runs. Nick Monteleone drove in 2 runs with a second inning Homerun to straight-away centerfield. The Yankees added 4 more runs in the third with great at-the-plate discipline and smart base running. Seven more runs were tallied in the top of the fourth lead by Stephan Little’s 3-run blast to right center.
Alec Abdellaoui lead the way offensively going 3 for 3 (2 singles, double), 2 runs scored, RBI. Nathan Gunter close behind, reaching 3 times scoring 3 runs. Nick M. finished with 1 HR, 2 RBI, scoring 3 times. Stephan L. was 2 for 3 (single, HR), 4 RBI, 2 runs. Connor Elsey walked 3 times and scored every time on. David Wells single and scored twice.
That’s only half of the story! Nick M. made his pitching debut as a Yankee starter. And had awesome defense to back him. Nick threw four innings, 70 pitches, 6 strikeouts, allowing 4 hits. The Giants smacked the ball all over the diamond on Saturday, but the 8 players behind Nick sealed a victory. Ed Olejniczak made a spectacular catch in the bottom of the first to stop a Giants rally. Middle infielders Stephan and David showed their skills recording defensive outs to limit the attack. And a key play in the bottom of the fourth stopped a possible rally started by Giants’ speedster Ethan: Trying to stretch a double to a triple, a Yankees’ relay recorded as 7-6-1-5 cut him down, eliminating the threat.
Despite their best effort today, the Giants could not stop the Yankee run parade of 18 runs. This score does not reflect the Giant’s potential which they will continue to work hard to achieve.
Yankees 12 – Cardinals 1
The Cardinals/Yankees game started out as a tight chess match Monday evening. Neither team could do anything offensively in the first inning. The Cards struck first, scoring in their half of the second inning. But the Yankees answered right back! David Wells scored the tying run after he reached base, was moved to third on Connor Elsey’s double, and knocked in by Ed Olejniczak ground out to second. The Yankees added three more runs in the bottom of the third, lead by Stephan Little’s 2-run Homerun to center field. When the Yanks came up to bat in the fourth, their bats went nuclear! Twelve batters entered the batter’s box, starting off with Steven Grunenwald’s first hit of the year, a single to right. It was followed by seven more Yankees’ hits, including a 3-run Homerun by Stephan.
Stephen lead the Yankees’ offense going 2 for 3, (2HR), 5 RBI, 2 runs. Connor went 2 for 2 (2B, single), 2 RBI, 1 run. Nathan Gunter finished 2 for 3, 2 runs. David went 2 for 3, 1 RBI, 2 runs. Ed O. singled and knocked in 2 RBI. Jakob Ertzbischoff doubled in a run. Alec Abdellaoui and Nick Monteleone each added single and scored a total of 3 Yankees’ runs.
Stephan’s performance on the mound was stunning: Ten strikeouts, allowing only 2 hits and 3 walks in five complete innings of work. He had help by the Yankees’ defense as well. Left fielder Michael Lang caught a threatening blast from the Cardinal’s’ #3 hitter in the top of the third inning. And second baseman Mikal Dunlap made back to back plays on ground balls in the top of the fourth.
Tigers 18 – Giants 1
Lou Randazzo took the mound today throwing 43 pitches in 4 innings of work only allowing 1 hits and 1 run. At the Plate everyone contributed starting with lead off hitter Joe Randazzo going 3 for 4 with a double, scoring 3 and driving in 1 run. Nolan Pietsch had a game today at the plate going 2 for 2 with a Grand Slam Home Run and 5 RBI. Melik Miner went 2 for 3 with a 3 run Home Run and a double driving in 6, Lou Randazzo helped his cause by going 3 for 4 with 3 runs and 1 RBI. Kiefer Frank drove in 2 runs with his 3 hit performance, Courtney “The Beast” Wilson singled in a run, Jayla Sudduth had an infield single, walked and scored. Ameer Smith has been hitting the ball real well this year, he singled, walked, scored a run and drove in a run. Lukas Pietsch walked twice and scored a run. Some solid defense by all the Tigers tonight. Get Well soon Jamar you are missed.
Yankees 10 – Tigers 9
The Tigers/Yankees game played Wednesday night had everything you want in a classic baseball game: Drama, lead changes, defense,
and. . . a walk-off Homerun! After holding the Tigers scoreless in the top of te first inning, the Yankees scored 3 runs in their half of the inning capped off by Nathan Gunter’s 2-run Homerun. The Tigers came right back with 3 runs of their own to tie the score after two, and took a 1 run lead after their at bat in the third. Again, the Yankees jumped back in front with another HR by Nathan and an RBI by Connor Elsey knocking in David Wells. Here came the Tigers with 3 more runs, including a Homerun and sending 9 batters to the plate. The Yankees scored one in the 4th to narrow the Tigers’ lead to 7-6. The Tigers were not done, scoring a pair of runs in the fifth taking a 9-6 lead. The Yankees got one back with a solo Homerun by David to left field. After the Tigers went out 1,2,3 in the top of the sixth, the Yankees had one last chance to hit. After a strikeout and a fielder’s choice the Yanks were down to their last out. With Nick Monteleone on first, Stephan Little was walked, setting up a do or die for Alec Abdellaoui: With a full count, bottom of the 6th, 2 outs, down by 2, 2 on base, BAM! 3-run Homerun to centerfield.
Nathan finished 2 for 3 (2HR), 3 RBI. Nick went 2 for 3, (2 doubles), 3 runs. Stephan singled and scored once. Alec was 1 for 3 (HR), 3 RBI, 2 runs. David was key, 3 for 3 (single, double, HR), 1 RBI, 2 runs. Connor went 1 for 3, 1 RBI.
Jakob Ertzbischoff threw four good innings with six strikeouts. David relieved for 2 innings with a strikeout. The Yankee’s defense made plays when they had to, including a double play in the top of the third when thirdbaseman Connor gobbled up a grounder, touched third and threw out the batter at first. Secondbaseman Mikal Dunlap was busy as well recording 4 assists at his position.
It was a fantastic baseball game all around!
What a great ball game tonight on LL#1. Probably the best game of the season so far. The Tigers gave everything they could tonight while missing 2 key players. Courtney Wilson and Melik Miner were great on the mound.Nolan Pietsch hit his 4th home run of the season. Every Tiger had hits tonight with Louis Randazzo, Seku Slade and Melik each having 2 hits. The Tiger held the lead until the bottom of the 6th inning with 2 outs and 2 strikes on the batter when Alec Abdellaoui launched a 3 run shot to win the game. Some great defense on both side the Tiger’s defense was led by Joe Randazzo, Kiefer Frank and Seku. Nolan was stellar behind the plate.
Cardinals 10 – Giants 9
Yankees 22 – Lanse’ Creuse 0
The Yankees were firing on all cylinders Saturday. The team work as a unit and played a spectacular game under the morning sunshine. Each Yankee reached base and scored a run during the game. Several Yankees doubled during a trip to the plate: Mikal Dunlap, David Wells, and Nick Monteleone. Stephan Little added a triple and a fourth inning Grand Slam. He finished with 5 RBI, followed closely by Ed Olejniczak, who knocked in 4.
Nick started the game on the mound, went 2 innings, and recorded 5 strikeouts. Ed relieved for the next 2 innings. He struck out three and recorded 2 assists from his position. Great job in his Yankees debut!
Tigers 15 – CFLL 0
The Tigers sent 4 pitchers to the mound today each getting 20 pitches to get ready for this upcoming week. They all did well Lou Randazzo, Kiefer Frank, Melik Miner and Seku Slade. Big Lukas Pietsch had a bases clearing triple. Joe Randazzo went 2 for 2, Nolan Pietsch and Lou Randazzo had 2 hits each, Seku Slade doubled in a run and had 2 other hits, Ameer Smith continues to hit the ball hard singled in a run. Melik reached base twice and scored. Again another total team effort. Some stellar defense was put in by Courtney Wilson at third and Ameer Smith at 1st and outfield. Melik, Nolan and Lou each caught today too. The Tigers have a number of players who can play defense at any position. Great game team and up next is GPP on Monday night.
Giants 6 – Lanse’ Creuse 0
Cardinals 10 – CFLL 6
Tigers 14 – Cardinals 4
Anthony Topciu was brought up by the Tigers tonight and in his major League Debut he went 1 for 2 with a walk 2 runs and a RBI. Plus to top it off he made a spectacular diving play at second base. Lou Randazzo was stupendous on the mound tonight allowing no hits walking 3 and striking out 9. One crucial error cost the team 3 unearned runs. At the plate he went 2 for 3 with a 3 run home run for a total of 4 RBI. Nolan Pietsch in the lead off spot went 2 for 2 with 2 doubles, 3 runs and 3 RBI. Seku Slade had 2 hits and 2 RBI while scoring 2 and walking twice. Courtney Wilson roped a single, Lukas Pietsch continues to stroke the ball doubling in a run and his 2 walks were crucial scoring both times. Kiefer Frank singled in a run and scored. Great team effort!
Yankees 5 – Giants 0
NO HITTER!!!!! Connor Elsey took his 2014 pitching debut to new heights! With stellar defense behind him, Connor went the distance: 6 complete innings, 89 pitches, and 7 strikeouts, (6 BB). Strong catching from both Nick Monteleone and Alec Abdellaoui made it easier for Connor. Six defensive plays involving second baseman Mikal Dunlap and a few more from shortstop Stephan Little helped to make the no-hit bid stand.
The Yankees’ bats were a little rusty Friday night after a week off from baseball due to rain, but the team put enough together to win the game. Stephan led the way going 2 for 2, 2 runs, 1 RBI. Alec added another RBI. Nathan Gunter, Nick, and Connor also scored a run each in a well-played game against great Giants’ pitching. The Giants continued to improve their play against Yankees last night. Notwithstanding the score, the game represented the Giants most well played game to date. Lance Mercer silenced the Yankees’ bats through most of the game, throwing so hard that his first catcher was removed from the game in the first inning for a sore hand, and the second catcher was heard to say in the dugout that his hand had turned red. Coach will be purchasing a catcher’s hand pad before the next game in which Mercer pitches! The Giants’ defensive play in the field was top notch. We saw great plays at second base, in right field, and behind the plate — and solid play all around, from every player. Brett Arseneau pitched a solid relief. The pitching and defensive play is moving in the right direction. The Giants’ bats, however, were another story — they could not touch the tough Connor Elsey, who did not give up a single hit. Congratulations to Connor!!!!!
Cardinals 6 – Yankees 5
The Yankees pitching was impressive Saturday morning. Alec Abdellaoui started the game and went 3+ innings, striking out 5 Cardinals’ batters. Jakob Ertzbischoff came in for relief, recording 4 K’s. Some Yankees’ miscues on defense and agressive baserunning by the Cards allowed the game to switch. The Yankees came out and scored 4 runs in the first inning, and the Cardinals held tight after that. They pushed 5 runs across in the 4th inning and added an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth to take a 6-4 lead. And the Yankees could only muster a single run in the 6th. Give credit to the Cardinals pitching against the Yankees’ line-up. They allowed only 3 Yankees’ hits and had a tough defense to back them. Nathan Gunter finished with 2 RBI, 1 run scored. Stephan Little doubled and scored in the first. David Wells and Ed Olejniczak each added a single and RBI.
Tigers 14 – Giants 1
Nolan Pietsch took the mound today for the Tigers today going 4 innings allowing 4 hits while striking out 6, Courtney Wilson came in the 5th for a 1-2-3 inning striking out the last 2 Giants. Some stellar defense put in by Anthony Topciu, Seku Slade, Joe Randazzo and Melik Miner today to back up Nolan. Melik also went 2 for 2 at the plate with a Home Run and a double. Joe Randazzo continues to do what a lead off hitter is suppose to do, get on base! He did so by walking twice and singling scoring all 3 times. Nolan helped his cause by reaching base all 3 times, with 2 singles and scoring all 3 times. Seku Slade doubled and singled driving in 3 and Jamar Horride went 3 for 3 with 2 doubles scoring all 3 times driving in 3. Courtney Wilson and Lukas Pietsch each added singles to the Tiger hitting attack today.
Yankees 6 – Tigers 0
The Yankees came were hungry for another win on Monday night. And they didn’t disappoint. Two Yankees went yard with 2-run Homerun blasts to right centerfield: Stephan Little in the first inning and Connor Elsey in the 6th! The Yankees jumped out to an early 2-0 lead when Stephan hit his Homerun in the top of the first. Then they added another run in the fourth with Ed Olejniczak’s sac fly to center. Nick Monteleone knocked in the fourth run on a fielder’s choice in the fifth. Then came Connor’s 2-run blast that added a couple insurance runs. Stephan finished 2 for 3 (HR, double), 2 RBI, 1 Run scored. Connor was 1 for 3 (HR), 2RBI, 1 Run. Mikal Dunlap hit 2 dart singles and scored a run. David Wells added a single. And Nathan Gunter reached base twice, scoring both times. The key for the Yankees’ victory was pitching and defense. Stephan took to the mound as the Yankees’ starter and delivered as usual. He went four solid inning, striking out 8 batters, allowing 3 Tigers’ singles, and walking three. Nick Finished the last 2 innings giving up a single and double, striking out three. The defense behind the Yankees’ hurlers was phenomenal too. Mikal made 2 plays in centerfield on threatening Tigers’ hits. And the middle infielders were busy throughout the game preventing Tigers from reaching base. The Tigers held strong throughout the game. Some great pitching from Seku Slade and some great defense by Jamar Horride in Center, Jayla Sudduth in Left, Joe Randazzo at second and Melik Miner at all 3 positions he played tonight.At the plate the Tigers could only muster up 5 hits tonight by Joe Randazzo, Nolan Pietsch(Double), Lou Randazzo and Melik Miner. We have faced all their aces this year and are getting ready for the playoffs without exposing any of the 3 Main Tiger pitchers. The team stated tonight that they will be ready come playoff time!
Cardinals 15 – Giants 10
Lot of Home Runs tonight. Lance Mercer hit his 1st Major League Homer, Zander Morrison blasted 2 home runs, Zach Melendez belted one out, but the big blast came from Andre Hutchins who hit a Grand Slam.
Tigers 17 – Cardinals 6
Jamar Horride led the way going 3 for 3 with a double, Home Run and 6 RBI. Seku Slade also went 3 for 3 with a Home Run & 3 RBI. Joe Randazzo went 3 for 3 with 2 doubles, Melik Miner went 2 for 3 with 4 RBI and Nolan Pietsch had 2 hits. Anthony Topciu and Ameer Smith each a hits. Lou and Nolan took the mound today for the Tigers both doing real well. Some stellar defense by Joe Randazzo tonight making a diving catch in left and backing up a throw to first on a strikeout to still get the runner. Lukas Pietsch made a diving catch in right and caught another long fly ball. Jamar Horride made his plays as did Nolan at short. What a great game tonight all around for the Tigers. Gabe Kirck and Andre Hutchins each hit mammoth 2 run Home Runs for the Cardinals.
Giants 9 – Yankees 8
The Giants came out and dominated Thursday evening, scoring runs in each of the first four innings. The Yankees put up three runs in the top of the fourth and made a valiant effort to tie the game in the sixth, scoring 5 consecutive runs before the last out of the game. The Giants lead was just too much. Giants’ pitcher Lance Mercer kept the Yankees’ offense in check with a great defense behind him.
David Wells and Jakob Ertzbischoff shared duties on the mound for the Yankees, combining for 7 strikeouts. First baseman Hunter Abdellaoui made an unassisted double play by grabbing a line drive and tagging out the runner off base at first. Nathan Gunter made a couple of great plays, robbing singles away from the Giants at his second base position.
Alec Abdellaoui hit a 3-run Homerun in the Yankees’ 6th inning rally. Connor Elsey and David W. both singled and doubled, and combined for 3 RBI. Jakob singled in a run during the 6th inning.
Tigers 4 – Yankees 1
Courtney Wilson took the mound tonight for the Tigers. Going 6 full innings allowing just the 1 Yankee run while striking out 6. He has some solid defensive support tonight. Nolan Pietsch was phenomenal at short making every play look easy. Joe Randazzo made a great catch in left, Ameer Smith and Seku Slade played solid at first, Lou Randazzo made all his plays at second and Jamar Horride caught everything that came the way of center field. Most important was the play of catcher Melik Miner, who defines the role of a catcher to the max. Not only was he solid with the glove, but he also called a great game for Courtney. Lead off hitter, 9 year old Joe Randazzo, continues to impress the entire league by launching 2 doubles and scoring both times. Sweet Lou Randazzo had 2 hits a walk and 1 RBI. Nolan Pietsch rocketed a double to drive in a run and Jamar Horride singled in the 4th Tiger run. Anthony “Top Dog” Topciu continues to impress everyone since being called up had another single tonight. The games between these 2 teams have been little league baseball at it’s finest all season long. Another tight ballgame between the Yankees and Tigers was played Thursday evening, the first game in over a week due the holiday break and rain. The Tigers came out strong, working the Yankees to the max. The Yankees made plays when the ball was hit in their direction, but the Tigers’ hitters knocked the ball all over the field. A couple of key plays by the Yankees kept the Tigers from more damage: Second baseman Nathan Gunter was busy, contributing on 3 defensive outs, including one in the fifth inning when he dove and caught a for-sure single in right. Connor Elsey had to reach up and back on a line drive at third to stop a Tigers’ rally. Nick Monteleone had a great game on the mound, striking out 10 Tigers.
The Yankees offense was sluggish after so many days away from the game. The only run scored was by Nick when Stephan Little beat out a force at second on a grounder to short, with 2 outs in the third inning. Stephan finished with 2 singles, and Mikal Dunlap added another in his first at-bat. The Yankees hit the ball all over the field, but the Tigers’ defense gobbled them up, not allowing the Yankees any slack.
Cardinals 7 – Giants 6
Tigers 14 – Lanse Creuse Mets 1
The Tigers took the opportunity to get a lot of players some pitching experience. Nolan Pietsch started the game and went 2 strong innings, then we brought in the young arms of Jo Jo Randazzo, who pitched a scoreless inning, Anthony Topciu came in threw 2 pitches for 2 quick outs and Lukas Pietsch came in and got the final out of the inning. Jayla Sudduth came in and got the last 3 outs of the game. At the plate the entire team chipped in to this victory. Led by Nolan Pietsch who went 3 for 3 with a double, 3 runs and a RBI. Jo Jo was 2 for 2 with a RBI and 2 runs, Louis Randazzo tripled in a run and scored 2, Melik Miner went 2 for 3 with a double, 3 runs and 1 RBI. Kiefer Frank had a great day at the plate driving in 2 runs while going 2 for 2 with a double. Anthony Topciu doubled in a run and scored, Jayla walked and scored while Ameer Smith continues his great hitting this season with 2 hits a run scored and 2 RBI. Lukas also walked while Jamar Horride hit 3 hard fly balls that were caught but 1 of which was a sacrifice fly. Some solid defense by Kiefer behind the dish, Jo Jo made a nice catch in center, Jamar played a great second base, but the ESPN play of the day was put in by Courtney Wilson at third who made a fantastic diving catch to his left to rob a Met of a sure double! So if you are paying attention to today’s highlights you will note that all 11 players contributed to this win today. Great Job Team!
Cardinals 22- Lanse Creuse Tigers 0
Yankees 16 – Clintondale Indians 1
Another beautiful day for baseball Saturday morning. And the Yankees came to play. After the visiting Indians from CFLL scored a run to start the game in the top of the first inning, the HWLL Yankees took the game over. Stephan Little and Ed Olejniczak lead the offense Saturday, both going 3 for 4, each scoring 4 runs, and both with 3 RBI. Stephan’s first hit was a 2-run Homerun to straightaway center. Mikal Dunlap added a 2-run Homerun to right field and had 3 RBI. Hunter Abdellaoui singled twice and knocked in 3 RBI. Jakob Ertzbischoff matched Hunter’s 2 singles and added a pair of RBI. Connor Elsey blasted a double during his first at-bat. Nathan Gunter and Alec Abdellaoui each added singles.
The Yankees had a trio of pitchers: Jakob-Connor-Ed, in that order. Jakob and Connor shared 4 strikeouts. and the Yankees’ defense was phenomenal behind the pitching staff. Catcher Nathan and pitcher Jakob teamed up to stop the Indians first inning assault by catching an Indians’ baserunner trying to score on a pass ball. Hunter and Nathan made routine plays around the infield to help prevent baserunners. And, Steven Grunenwald did a fine job behind the plate later in the game to help seal another Yankees’ victory.
Giants 17 – Clintondale Diamondbacks 2
GP Park Yankees 12 – Yankees 2
The Yankees hit a brick wall on Monday night. The visiting team from GPPLL came into town and knocked the baseball all over LL#2. The on and off rain didn’t make it any easier. Stephan Little threw plenty of strikes during his four innngs of work from the mound, but the GPPLL team swung and put the ball into play. The outfielders were busy and made a few key catches: Michael Lang in center and Hunter Abdellaoui in right field.
Stephan lead the offense going 3 for 3, (2B, HR, 1B), 1RBI. Nathan Gunter singled in the other Yankees’ run in the fifth inning after Steven Grunenwald tripled to right field. Ed Olejniczak added a nice single just inside the left field foul ball line.
GP Park Cardinals 22 – Cardinals 2
Yankees 8 – Giants 7
It was a seesaw battle between the Giants and Yankees. The Giants took the early 5-0 lead before the Yankees pushed 5 runs across in the bottom of the third inning. Steven Grunenwald started the rally with a single and Michael Lang walked. Steven scored on a pass ball, while Michael was knocked in on a ground out by Nick Monteleone. Stephan Little beat out a ground ball, and Alec Abdellaoui and Nathan Gunter walked. Each moved around the bases, inclduing scoring, on pass balls. Alec knocked in Michael in in the bottom of the fith inning to give the Yankees a 6-5 lead going into the sixth. But the Giants would not go away. They loaded the bases and scored 2 runs with 2 outs to take a 1 run lead to the bottom of the inning. Four batters came to the plate in the bottom of the 6th inning, lead-off by Connor Elsey with an infield single. Ed Olejniczak moved Connor to second base on an error. Both Advanced on pass balls, twice, leading to a tie score. Mikal Dunlap then walked making it first and third, tie score, no outs. Jakob Ertzbischoff capped off the comeback with an infield hit scoring Ed from third to win the game.
Several Yankees took the mound sharing 12 strikeouts, but also 11 walks and 1 hit batsman. The Yankees were able to pull together, though, and pull out a victory.
Tigers 13 – Cardinals 3
Led by the awesome pitching of Lou Randazzo, 7 K’s, 2 Walks and 1 hit, throwing 65 pitches to led his team to the win. At the plate Anthony “Top Dog” Topciu went 3 for 3 with a Home Run, Double, Single and 3 RBI. Jamar Horride drove in 4 runs today with his 2 doubles, Ameer Smith is tearing the cover off the ball this year. Went 2 for 3 with a double and RBI. Courtney “The Beast” Wilson had 2 hits, Melik Miner added a double, as did Nolan Pietsch and Lou Randazzo walked twice and singled. Some nice defense by Courtney at third, Anthony in left, Kiefer Frank at third and first and Jamar in Center. Melik continues to be a solid catcher and a great game caller. Great win Tigers!
Tigers 6 – Giants 3
Courtney “The Beast” Wilson took the mound today striking out 10, allowed only 1 earned run while only giving up 3 hits. Nolan Pietsch came in to close out the game throwing 11 pitches striking out the final 2 batters. Some solid defense behind the Beast today was put in by Joe Randazzo at second, brother “Sweet Lou” at third, Nolan at short, Seku “The Rocket” Slade and Ameer “Smear” Smith at first and Kiefer Frank behind the plate. The Tiger hitting attack was led by Jamar “Jammer” Horride, who roped 3 rockets in 3 at bats, Joe “Fearless” Randazzo went 2 for 3 with 3 RBI, Nolan “Smooth” Pietsch drove in a run as did Anthony “Top Dog” Topciu and Courtney. Kiefer “Hondo” Frank also had a single in 2 at bats.
Yankees 8 – Cardinals 5
The Yankees came out fired up to play Friday. After holding the Cardinals scoreless with 2 catches by centerfielder Nathan Gunter, the Yankees grabbed an early 2-0 lead when Connor Elsey singled in 2 runs in the bottom of the first inning. The Yankees scored 3 more runs in the third with a single and RBI each by Nathan and Ed Olejniczak. David Wells hit another run in on a fielder’s choice. The Cards scored 1 run in the fourth, making it a 5-1 ballgame. Then, the Yanks added 3 runs in their half of the 5th inning when Ed, David, and Jakob Ertzbischoff (in that order) each knocked in another run. The Cardinals didn’t give up, sending seven batters to the plate in the top of the 6th and scoring 4 runs. Nick Monteleone pitched 3-1/3 innings, with no runs, 5 strikeouts, and no walks. Steven Grunenwald made his debut on the mound, throwing for 1-2/3 innings, with 2 K’s. Connor finished the game by coming in relief with a few base runners aboard. The game ended on another great catch by Nathan in center
Giants 7 – Tigers 6
The Giants behind the pitching off Nate Truss and Brett Arseneau held the Tigers bats at bay today. Nathan Truss, Brett Arseneau, Andre Saffore and Jordan Arseneau all had a RBI. Connor Rossman, Jordan, Quevin Hill and Andre all hit doubles. The Tigers, who could only muster up 6 hits, were led by Nolan Pietsch who homered, Lou Randazzo tripled, Seku Slade had 2 hits and Melik Miner singled as did Joe Randazzo which drove in a run. The teams split a two day twin bill which shows you how equally balanced all the Major League teams are! Hats of to all the Giants who fought hard tonight to earn a big victory!
Yankees 7 – Cardinals 5
Another duel to the last out between the Yankees and Cardinals was played early Saturday. Both teams were held scoreless through 2 innings even though both teams had runners aboard threatening to score. The Yankees took the lead in the top of the third inning scoring 4 runs after 3 Yankees’ doubles by Alec Abdellaoui, Stephan Little and Nick Monteleone. The Cards drew close after scoring 3 in their half of the 4th inning, but the Yankees were not done scoring. Stephan lead off the fifth with a Homerun over the scoreboard in left field, and David Wells knocked in Nick. Ed Olejniczak then scored on an overthrow to make it 7-3 going into the bottom of the sixth. The Cardinals didn’t give up, hitting back to back Homeruns to center to draw within 2 runs. But the game ended when right fielder Hunter Abdellaoui caught a blast that could have tied the game, the Cards had runners on second and third. Stephan lead the Yankees’ offense going 3 for 3 (1B, 2B, HR), 2 runs, 2 RBI. David Wells was on fire again after missing a few games: 2 singles, 2 RBI. Connor Elsey added a single and RBI. Nathan Gunter also contributed a single and added a run scored to the mix. Jakob came in to relief in the second inning, after Stephan had struckout 4 Cardinals’ batters. Jakob finished with 6 stikeouts and had great defense behind him during crucial moments. The Yankees performed 2 double plays: The first was a strike-him-out-throw-him-out play in the fourth when Jakob struck out the lefty hitter, with runners on the corners, and catcher Alec threw to SS Stephan to catch the Cards’ baserunner trying to steal second, which lead to the runner on third attempt to score, but was cut down with a throw-back from Stephan to Alec, ending the inning and threat (K-2-6-2). The other inning double play happened in the fifth when, with a runner on second, 1 out, a ground ball to third was gobbled up by David and thrown to first for out #2 and thrown back by Nick to David to catch the Cards’ runner trying to advance on the throw across the diamond (5-3-5). What a great back-to-back, home-and-home, 2-game series between the Yankees and Cardinals!
Tigers 6 – Yankees 5
Another Classic battle on LL#1 between the Yankees and Tigers tonight. The Tigers bounced back from Saturday’s loss with an exciting victory over the Yankees. Behind the great pitching of Lou Randazzo who struck out 10 and kept his team in the game. The defense for the Tigers was sweet tonight pulling 2 double plays. Courtney Wilson continues his great defense at third base, Nolan was great behind the plate and Joe Randazzo in his first time at short played the position well. The Tiger offense never gave up tonight led by Sweet Lou himself with 2 hits, Jamar Horride drove in 2 runs with his single and Seku Slade drove in a run with a frozen rope single. Joe Randazzo had a single, Melik Miner also singled and Ameer Smith had one of the biggest hits game to end up scoring the 6th and deciding run. What an exciting ball game for the fans who came out tonight.A right for first place between the Yankees and Tigers was fought Monday evening. The Tigers took the early lead by scoring 2 in the bottom of the first inning. The Yankees seemed a little depleted until David Wells homered to left-center to make it a 1 run game. The Tigers scored 3 more runs in the third making it a 5-1 lead. The Yankees bats exploded in the top of the fourth inning, with 1 out, Nathan Gunter singled, Stephan Little doubled scoring Nathan, Alec Abdellaoui was hit by a pitch, Nick Monteleone doubled in Stephan, and Connor Elsey then Knocked in Alec and Nick, tying the score. The Yankees scoring ended there, and the Tigers added a run in the bottom of the 5th with 2 outs and held the Yankees in the 6th to win the game. Nick pitched well, recording 12 strikeouts. a couple of big catches early in the game by rightfielder Mikal Dunlap helped to limit the Tigers offense. Stephan relieved on the mound and struck out 1 batter.
Giants 16 – Cardinals 5
The Giants continued their streak of playing solid baseball in their 16-5 win over the Cardinals Tuesday night. Their bats came alive on this beautiful night at the ballpark, as they scored 7 in the first inning. Connor S. commenced the hit parade with a lead off single, and later in the game ripping an RBI double. Nate went 2 for 3, with a double and a single; Derrick was 1 for 2, with a walk and a single; Ethan was 2 for 3 with a double and a triple; Zander went 3-3 with a double and two singles; Connor R. went 2 for 3 with a double and single; A.J. was 3 for 3 with a home run, triple, and double; Brett had a hit and a walk; Quevin had two hits; and Jordan had a hit and a walk. Every Giant reached base and all but one scored tonight. The Giants’ bats were out of control tonight!!!! The defense was solid all around, and Connor R., Brett, and Ethan all pitched great! Good work! Next up, the Yankees on Thursday.
Tigers 4 – Cardinals 3
What a classic 8 inning battle on LL#1 tonight. A great pitching duel between Devin Grimes of the Cards (8 Ks) & Nolan Pietsch of the Tigers (11 Ks). The relievers Tom Nguyen (Cards) and Seku Slade ( Tigers) who earned the win were superb. At the plate Ameer Smith 2 big hits were part of the reason the Tigs pulled this out along with Lukas Pietsch who drove in the go ahead run in the 8th by hit a line shot single. Some great defense on both sides. Joe Kettler made a home run robbing catch in centerfield for the Cards and Centerfielder Jamar Horride for the Tigers play sweet out there. Joe Randazzo made some great plays at second base tonight and Kiefer Frank was solid behind the dish. Other Tiger hitters were Seku who had 2 big hits, Lou Randazzo had 2 hits with a double and a RBI. Jamar drove in a run with his single. Joe Randazzo had a RBI. The Cards had a mammoth home run by Zach Melendez. Ben Zoia drove in a run with a single and Andre Hutchins got the only other Cardinal hit. Coach K and his staff have the Cards playing solid baseball right now, just in time for the playoffs. Hats off to both teams for providing the fans one they will not forget!
Yankees 5 – Giants 4
The final regular season game between the Giants and Yankees went right down to the wire. The Yankees jumped out to the early lead when Nick Monteleone smashed a 2-run Homerun to left center. The Giants added a run in the bottom of the second to make it a 2-1 game. The Yankees jumped back up to a 2-run lead after Hunter Abdellaoui was drilled in the face by a pitch and was pinch-run for by Nick, who scored on a single by Nathan Gunter. David Wells capped off the scoring with a 2-run Homerun to left field in the fifth inning. The Giants fought back with 3 runs of their own in their half of the fifth. It came down to the bottom of 6th when the Giants #4 hitter crushed a ball to centerfield, but Mikal Dunlap tracked the blast down and robbed a Giants comeback.
Nick and David both finished with a 2-run homerun and 2 RBI. Stephan Little and Jakob Ertzbischoff both added doubles, and Steven Grunenwald laid down a great bunt in the fifth inning.
Jakob took the mound for the Yankees and worked his magic. He struck out 10 Giants thru his 4-1/3 innings. David came in for relief and the Yankees held on for the victory.
Tigers 8 – Giants 1
Lou Randazzo went 6 innings, struck out 9 while only walking 1. At the plate Nolan Pietsch led the way with 2 hits including a 2 run Home Run. Jayla Sudduth, Seku Slade, Joe Randazzo and Ameer Smith each had a RBI today. Other contributors at the plate were Joe, Jamar Horride, Lou Randazzo, Melik Miner, Anthony Topciu and Courtney Wilson all had singles. Some nice defense behind Lou tonight was put in by Nolan at short, Anthony in right, Jayla in left, Jamar in center and Kiefer Frank behind the plate.
Yankees 3 – Cardinals 2
The Yankees and Cardinals played another tight game Saturday afternoon. The Yankees jumped out to a 1-0 lead after one inning when speedster Stephan Little reached first on an infield single and scored on an overthrow after Nick Monteleone singled right behind him. The Yanks added 2 more runs in the second, one from a Homerun blast to right field by Mikal Dunlap and the other on a bases loaded walk drawn by Ed Olejniczak. The Cardinals would add a run each in the top of the 3rd inning and fifth, but the Yankees would not allow any more and held on to win the game.
A trio of Yankees’ pitchers took the mound: Stephan started, going 2+ innings, with 5 strikeouts. Nick followed, pitching 2-2/3 innings, recording 7 strikeouts. And David Wells finished the game, 1-1/3 innings, 1 K, but the big play came from centerfielder Mikal. A bases loaded single by the Cardinals’ #2 hitter scored their second run of the game, but Mikal cut down the tying run at the plate with a bullet to catcher Nathan Gunter to end the fifth inning, keeping a Yankees’ one run lead.
Yankees 8 – Tigers 7
The season finally between the Yankees and Tigers Monday lived up to its billing: A battle for first place. And the game was just that, a battle. The Tigers jumped out to and early 2-0 lead and the Yankees were able to cut the lead in half in the bottom half of the first inning when Stephan Little double and was knocked in during Alec Abdellauoi’s groundout. The Tigers scored again in the second, followed by the Yankees’ David Wells, who reached and moved to third on an errant play, and was driven in on Connor Elsey’s ground out. The Tigers didn’t stop, scoring 2 more runs in their half of the third making it a 5-2 ballgame. The Tigers’ pitching and defense kept the Yankees scoreless until the bottom of the 5th: David doubled; Connor singled him in; Ed Olejniczak, Jakob Ertzbischoff, and Hunter Abdellaoui all reached on errors, which lead to 2 more Yankees’ runs scoring off of Jakob’s and Hunter’s bats.
What an event: Tie score leading to the 6th and final inning of the season. With the #1 seed on the line. The 2-3-4 hitters due up for both teams. The Tigers were not rattled, scoring 2 runs in 2 minutes, making it a 7-5 score. Then came the Yankees’ turn. Stephan singled and pickled himself back to first to start the inning. Alec doubled, making it 2nd and 3rd for Nathan Gunter. And Nathan came thru with a wall-busting double to left center, tying the game. He moved to third on a pass ball and was singled in by David’s blast to left center, which completed the comeback Yankees’ victory!
Stephan started the game on the mound and, even with the Tigers’ aggressive bats, recorded 10 strikeouts in 4 innings of work. Nick Monteleone relieved for the last 2 innings and finished the game with 3 K’s.
CONGRATULAIONS to the 2014 regular season champs: NY Yankees! After 21 baseball games the Yankees are ready for the play-offs.
Cardinals 15 – Giants
Tigers 6 – Cardinals 3
Nolan Pietsch was masterful on the mound today striking out 7 allowing 2 runs in 5-1/3 innings. Jamar Horride came in and proceeded to strikeout the final 3 Cardinals batters. Lou Randazzo led the team at the plate with a blast to center for a home run, Nolan had 2 hits and Big Jamar Horride went 3 for 3 with a double that drove in a run. Courtney Wilson singled and Ameer Smith continues to hit the ball this year singled moved to second on a passed ball and rookie 10 year old Anthony Topciu singled him in for the Tiger’s 6th run. Defense was big for the Tigers tonight. Louie was solid at short, Brother Joe played a sweet second and Jamar Horride continues to play center like no other. Zach Melendez homered in the 6th for the Cards 3rd run. Their first 2 were unearned when Gabe Kirck scored on a passed ball in the first and in the fifth the Cards scored their second run when the Tigers made an error at first so Joe Archambeau reached and scored on a single by Thomas Nguyen. Great start to the Major League Playoffs!
Yankees 8 – Giants 7
The Giants came out to play Friday night, rain and all. They jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after one inning of play. The Yankees got on the board with 2 runs of their own in the bottom of the second inning after Connor Elsey and Mikal Dunlap reached base with walks and Hunter Abdellaoui knocked them in with a single to right. The Yanks would add another run in the third after Nick Monteleone was hit by a pitch and his replacement Hunter moved around the bases to score. The Giants did not get frazzled, scoring 4 runs in the fourth by batting around their order and scoring another run in the top of the fifth, making it a 7-3 ballgame. Hunter walked to start the Yankees’ fifth, as did David Wells. After a Giants’ pitching change, Connor stepped up to the plate and blasted a 3-run Homerun to left-centerfield, bringing the Yankees to within one run entering the sixth inning. The Giants would add an insurance run in the sixth, leading by 2, and having to face the top of the Yankees’ lineup. After one out, Stephan Little singled and Alec Abdellaoui drew a walk. Hunter then hit an infield single, loading the bases. David was due up and came thru: He singled to left center, knocking in Stephan and Alec. And Hunter scored the game-winning run on the errant throw to the plate to seal the Yankees’ victory!
Hunter finished the game going 2 for 2, drawing a walk, scoring 3 times, and knocking in 2 RBI. Connor was 1 for 1 (HR), 2 walks, 2 runs, 3 RBI. David added 2RBI off his single.
Nick Started the game for the Yankees and had to leave the game after 3 innings due to injury. David came in for 2 innings of work, and Stephan pitched in the sixth. The Giants came to play and smacked the Yankees’ pitches around the ballpark. The Yankees’ pitchers only recorded 6 total strikeouts. A key to stopping the Giants’ attack Friday night was catcher Alec, who picked off 3 Giants’ base runners trying to advance.
Tigers 10 – Yankees 0
The Tigers had some Home Run Power today. Lou Randazzo, Seku Slade and Melik Miner each had 2 run blasts. Lou was phenomenal on the mound only allowing 2 hits, 1 walk while striking out 7. 2 double plays turned in by his defense today and solid outfield play keep the Yankees at bay. Other big Tiger contributors today were Joe Randazzo with 3 hits and a RBI, Sweet Lou helped his cause with his 3 hits, Nolan Pietsch drove in 2 with a double, Seku added 2 other hits to his Homer and Ameer Smith continues to stroke the ball getting another hit today. This was a total team effort today for 6 solid innings and it paid off for the Tigers since the win assured them a spot in the City Championship against the winner of Monday’s Cardinal/Yankee game. Great Work all year Tigers!!!!
Cardinals 10 – Giants 7
Cards were led by some Home Run Power today. Ben Zoia hit a Grand Slam while Gabe Kirck and Zach Melendez each hit one over the fences. Some solid pitching by committee today for the Cards!
Yankees 7 – Cardinals 5
Another game that came down to the last pitch, and it put the Yankees in the World Series. Stephan Little took to the mound Monday night and dominated the Cardinals’ line-up. He went 5+ innings, striking out 11 batters, including 6 in a row, letting up only 1 hit. The offense was patient and worked the Cardinal’s’ ace pitcher for 5 runs in 5 innings. The Yankees’ first run came in the 2nd inning after David Wells and Connor Elsey drew back-to-back walks and advanced a base during Hunter Abdellaoui’s groundout. Jakob Ertzbischoff then knocked in David for the early 1-0 Yankees’ lead. The Yankees would add a pair of runs in their half of the 3rd inning: Stephan doubled and moved to third on a groundout by Alec Abdellaoui; Nathan doubled in Stephan, moved to third on a single by David, and scored on a pass ball; 3-0 Yankees. Stephan Homered to start the fifth, and Jakob knocked in another run to make it a 5-0 Yankees’lead heading to the sixth inning. The Cardinals did not quit at all! They came out to win, drawing back-to-back walks off Stephan, then 5 straight hits off Yankees’ reliever David to even the score. No worries for the Yankees, they’ve been here before. After the first 2 Yanks got out, Stephan was intentionally walked. Alec stepped into the batter’s box and, with an 0-2 count, CRUSHED a walk-off, 2-run Homerun to left field, advancing the Yankees to the World Series!
Yankees 10 – Tigers 7
Game 1 of the HWLL World Series lived up to its expectation Wednesday night: Both the Yankees and Tigers battling down to the last out for the 1-0 series lead. The Yankees started the scoring in the top of the first inning, Stephan Little reached base on a walk and advanced to second on a pass ball. Alec Abdellaoui hit an infield single on a blooper that scored Stephan. Next came Nathan Gunter, who blasted a 2-run Homerun to right field. The Tigers came up to bat and scored 2 on a 2-run Homerun by Nolan Pietsch. The Yankees scored again in the 3rd inning after Stephan doubled, was moved to third on a groundout, and scored on a pass ball. The Tigers came up in the bottom half of the third and tied the game with great plate discipline: They drew a few walks, a hit batsman, and a couple of hits. The Tigers finally took the lead after four innings, scoring 2 more runs in the fourth after drawing walks and singling runners in. The Yankees tied the score in the fifth with solo Homeruns by Nathan G. and Connor Elsey. The game was now set, tied at 6, entering the sixth inning, with tops of the line-up due up for both teams to determine the game. Ed Olejniczak started the Yankees’ half of the inning by drawing a walk. Stephan followed with a single. Alec hit a hard grounder past the Tigers’ first baseman scoring pinch-runner Steven Grunenwald and Stephan. Nathan then singled. David Wells grounded out to second, moving Nathan and Alec up a base. Connor grounded out to short and knocked in Alec. Jakob Ertzbischoff followed that by singling in Nathan. Yankees lead 10-6. The Tigers would not go down easily. After their first two batters struck out, the Tigers put the pressure on. A walk and two singles later, the score was 10-7, with runners on the corners. An error on a pop up loaded the bases for the Tigers, and the Yankees had to sweat out a stikeout to complete the victory! Nathan lead the offense going 4 for 4 ( 2HR, 2 singles), 3 RBI, 3 runs scored. Stephan was 2 for 2, 3 runs. Alec went 1 for 4, 3 RBI, 2 runs. Connor also went 1 for 4 (HR) and had 2 RBI, 1 run. Jakob was 2 for 4, with a RBI. Jakob, Connor, and Stephan all pitched, recording 9 total strikeouts.
Yankees 4 – Tigers 1
The Yankees could feel the Championship was near as they took the field Thursday evening. Their ace pitcher Stephan Little took the mound to start the game and performed brilliantly. After a 1-2-3 Tigers’ first inning, the Yankees jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Stephan doubled to centerfield, then Alec Abdellaoui stepped up to the plate and smacked a line-drive Homerun to straight away center. The Yankees would add 2 more runs in the bottom of the third, when Stephan agained double followed by a walk by Alec. Both advanced a base, Stephan by stealing third and Alec moving on a pass ball. David Wells singled in Stephan, followed by Connor Elsey’s groundout RBI scoring Alec. 4-0 Yankees. Jakob Ertzbishoff had great at-bats, singling in the 2nd inning and was robbed of a single in the 4th by a spectacular catch by Tigers’ centerfielder Jamar, who ran 50 feet and made a diving catch. Stephan pitched 4-1/3 innings, allowing only 2 hits to Tiger Jamar, striking out 7 batters. Two big strikeouts came to end the Tigers’ scoring threats in the 2nd inning with runners on second and third, and in the 3rd inning with bases loaded. Alec came in as relief in the fifth inning, 1 out, runners on second and third. Louis scored the only Tigers’ run on a groundout to firstbase by Ameer. The Tigers held strong in the bottom of the 5th inning, leaving Yankees’ runners at second an third. The Tigers would go down in order in the top of the sixth inning. Right fielder Steven Grunenwald caught three Tigers’ pop-ups during the game, including the last 2 outs of the 2014 season.
A special thanks goes out the the Yankees coaches, Coach Dave and Coach Antwaine, for all their hard work and dedication throughout the season. And to the parents, family, and all those who supported the Yankees this year.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2014 HWLL CITY CHAMPIONS: NY YANKEES!!!!!