HIGHLIGHTS WEEK 5 MAJORS
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!
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.
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 Abdellauoi 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
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
Cardinals 7 – Giants 6
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.