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⇐Week 5 Highlights

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 Ertbischoff, 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’ agressive 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


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 Homereun blast to rightfield 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 strikouts. 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.

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 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 leftcenter.  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 Abdellellaoui 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 fisnhed 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 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!

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 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 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 – 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