HIGHLIGHTS WEEK 2 MAJORS
Cardinals 10 – Giants 9
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 Yankess 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 sendig 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 stikeout 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.
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 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’s 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 fo 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 Cardnials’ #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.
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 decipline 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 stetch a double to a triple, a Yankees’ relay recorded as 7-6-1-5 cut him down, elimiating 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.
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!