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LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL

Cardinals stay unbeaten; Angels first to depart playoffs

Pirates and Phillies battle to stay alive
By: Jim Linsdau, Sports Editor
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MCBEAN PARK – The Giants kept their playoff hopes alive by eliminating the Angels 9-0 in Saturday’s nightcap of the Lincoln Little League Majors postseason tournament.

The Bay Area boys sent Jacob Lemus to the mound and he did not disappoint. Lemus held the Halos to two hits and one base on balls, while striking out nine.

The Giants’ were steady at the plate, scoring three runs each in the first, third and fourth innings. Petey Knell capped the scoring when he was driven in from third by Zach Chamizo.

Giants’ offense: Dustin Burns (run), Chamizo (2-4, double, 2runs, RBI), Lemus (2-2, double, 3runs, RBI), Austin Ratliff (single, 3runs, RBI), Jack Corriveau (2-3, 2RBI), Kyle Wehner (double, RBI) and Knell (hit, run).

Angels’ offense: Nate Schmich (double) and Shawndell Williams (single).

Pitching for the Angels were Aiden Isola (1 2/3 ip, 3K), Evan Odin (2 2/3 ip, 6K) and Colby Green (2/3 ip, 2K).

The Angels committed 5 errors and the Giants none.

The Angels wrapped their 2014 with a 7-13 record and tied for fourth place in the regular season standings.

Cardinals 5, Pirates 3

The Red Birds scored two runs in the fifth inning to break a 3-3 tie and advance in the playoffs with a 2-0 record.

The Cards will meet the No. 1 Braves Wednesday night.

After Bo Culbertson doubled in Chase Christopherson in the fourth inning, he worked his way home on a passed ball. With the scored tied 3-3 in the fifth, Gage Eastlick drove in Cole Vineyard for the winning run and later scored on a ground ball by Wyatt Arbaugh.

Cardinals’ offense: Aiden Barfield (single), Vineyard (double, 2runs), Eastlick ( 2-3, double, run, RBI), Christopherson (single, run) and Culbertson (single, run, RBI).

Pirates’ offense: Jared Kelty (single, run), Tommy Turner (2-3, run), Jacob Johansen (run), Hunter Rose (single) and Liam Trott (single, RBI).

Eastlick opened on the mound for the St. Lou Crew and pitched 3 2/3 innings getting two strikeouts. Arbaugh pitched 2 1/3 innings and had three strikeouts.

Turner pitched for the Bucs and picked up six Ks in five innings.

PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE

Monday, 7:15 p.m. – Phillies at Pirates (elimination game).

Tuesday, 7:15 p.m. – Astros at Giants (elimination game).

Wednesday, 7:15 p.m. – Braves at Cardinals.