Cardinals battle back for No. 1 spot in standings

Astros idle to remain a half game back
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The Cardinals eked a half game ahead of the idle Astros in Lincoln Little League Majors’ action Saturday with a 6-3 win over the Phillies.

Playing in the nightcap, the Cards erupted for four runs in the fourth inning to capture the victory.

Marcus Barros started things off with a base on balls and scored on Cole Vineyard's base hit. Gage Eastlick then brought in Justin Jensen with a single, after Jenson was hit by a pitch to get on board. Vineyard and Eastlick also came home to score.

The Phils tried to mount a rally in the sixth, after Zachary Hatten scored on a wild pitch. However, Bryce Bergman and Grady Manley were left on base when the final two batters went down on strikes.

Hatten also scored in the first inning on Manley’s base knock and Bergman was driven home by an Isaiah Oates’ single. Manley also had a double in the contest.

Wyatt Arbaugh and Chase Christopherson scored the Red Birds’ other two runs; Arbaugh also had a run batted in.

Eastlick started on the mound for the Cardinals and struck out 10 in 3 2/3 innings of work. Christopherson had three K in relief and Culbertson closed out the game with three strikeouts.

The Brotherly Love boys sent Jonathan Knacke and Peter Ordonio to the hill. Knacke fanned three in three innings and Ordonio sent six to the dugout.

Braves 5, Pirates 3

The Atlanta nine pulled into a tie for second place in the Majors standings by downing the Bucs in the mid-afternoon game.

The Braves tallied three in the third and two in the fourth for the margin of victory.

Thomas Reynolds was the tomahawk scoring twice after getting on board with a single and a triple. Michael Newsom also scored twice and had a base hit.

Clayton Coats drove in two runs, including the winning run when Reynolds scored the second time. Colby Easter was credited with an RBI when Coats scored from third.

Blake Havey also had a hit for the Braves.

Down 3-0 in the top of the fourth inning, J.T. Willis scored for the Pirates after pounding out a single.

In the fifth inning, the Bucs battled for two more runs when Devin Brown turned a base on balls into a run and Jared Kelty made the trip home after a base hit. Willis was on third when the final out of the inning was made.

Brett Woolley pitched almost the entire game with nine K. Newsom closed in the last of the sixth inning.

Tommy Turner threw for 3 1/3 innings for the Bucs to collect seven strikeouts and Willis went 1 1/3 for three strikeouts.

Angels 5, Giants 3

The Giants started the day proving three runs wouldn’t do it as they fell to the Halos by two runs.

Austin Ratliff shook thinks up for the Bay Area boys went he powered one over the center-field fence and Zach Chamizo followed that by scoring on Petey Knell’s base hit for a 2-1 Giants’ lead.

The SF nine padded that lead when Chamizo drove home Jacob Lemus to make the score 3-1 in the third inning.

But the Angels crept back into the game in the fourth inning when A.J. Eskridge and Jacob Dugan both drew walks. Shawndell Williams then brought them home with his second base hit of the game to tie the score.

The dagger came in the fifth when Colby Green scored on an Eskridge sacrifice and Evan Odin added run five on a wild pitch.

Nate Schmich and Dugan also had hits in the contest.

Jack Corriveau added a hit for the Giants.

Odin and Green split duty on the mound with each getting three strikeouts in three innings of work.

Ratliff and Knell combined for three Ks, with Ratliff going 3 2/3 innings before giving way to Knell.

Play picks up again Tuesday when the Phillies invade the Pirates; the Angels host the Cardinals Wednesday and the Astros are at the Braves Thursday. All games are at 7:15 p.m.

Play will be suspended from April 13-20 for spring break.

Lincoln Little League

Majors Baseball Standings

Team              W-L    GB

Cardinals         6-2       --

Astros              5-2       ½   

Braves             5-2       ½

Angels             4-3       1 ½

Giants              3-5       3

Phillies            2-5       3 ½

Pirates             1-7       5